PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences in France

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Humanities and Social Sciences

A PhD, also known as a Doctor of Philosophy degree, is a doctorate awarded by a university to the academic who has met all necessary qualifications and can now be considered a doctor in his or her academic field.

A PhD in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences focuses on human thoughts and culture. It is an advanced level of education, often focusing on student teacher relationships, advanced research methods, and higher tier courses.

France offers a superb higher education system to not only its citizens but also foreigners. The country's dynamic culture attracts foreign students and those interested in pursuing international courses. France has a tradition of scientific and technological innovation. This ensures that scholars fully utilize their creativity.

Top Doctoral Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences in France 2017

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FdV New Frontiers PhD Program

Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 France Paris

<strong>New Frontiers PhD</strong> projects aim to expand collective intelligence and contribute to the solutions to global challenges through original research investigations. These projects often sit at the interface of art & design, digital technology, education, and science, however this is not strictly mandatory. For example, past projects have involved learning with games, teaching through research, communication technologies, participatory science, art/design as a means to communicate science, etc. [+]

Best Doctoral Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences in France 2017. New Frontiers PhD projects aim to expand collective intelligence and contribute to the solutions to global challenges through original research investigations. These projects often sit at the interface of art & design, digital technology, education, and science, however this is not strictly mandatory. For example, past projects have involved learning with games, teaching through research, communication technologies, participatory science, art/design as a means to communicate science, etc. New Frontiers PhD projects aim to contribute to the solutions to global challenges through novel research investigations. They contribute to mobilizing the collective intelligence towards solutions to societal goals, such as those set forth by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The original contribution of the work addresses questions that are relevant in a research context. The PhD supervisor, Thesis Advisory Commitee, dissertation reviewers, and defense jury provide the guidance and details on acceptable content and format of the dissertation. Featured New Frontiers projects: art and science open science games to learn future of research learning and teaching Definition of research projects The research project can be described by addressing the following sets of questions. Students are expected to address these questions at the beginning of their studies and to constantly reformulate the answers as their projects develop over the three years. On the subject matter What problem or challenge will this research address? Does the subject matter itself differ from that of traditional scientific research? If so, how? On the knowledge sought What kinds of knowledge and understanding will this research uncover? How will this knowledge contribute to the collective intelligence and contribute to the solutions to global challenges? How does this knowledge relate to more conventional types of academic knowledge? On the research method What research methods and techniques are appropriate to conduct this research? How are these methods compare to the methods and techniques in the formal sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and/or humanities? Research methods Unlike traditional research in natural sciences, the problems addressed by New Frontiers student researchers can not necessarily be isolated from the environment and interference it may cause. The problem is not broken down into several isolated parts and the notion of a “control” may be irrelevant. On the contrary, New Frontiers research often takes into account the context and environment in which the subject matter is situated. Accounting for context raises additional complexity that may not be addressed solely by traditional methods. Thus, student researchers create and employ the appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g. experimental, ethnographic, hermeneutic, design-based, etc.) that reveal and articulate the tacit and explicit knowledge that is situated and embodied in the research outcome and/or processes. Documentation of research process and results The PhD research processes and outcomes should be documented and disseminated in an appropriate manner to the research community and the wider public. While, the doctoral school does not require a determined number of publications to authorize the defense, it recommends that students are involved in three publications. For students who have components of their thesis work in a discipline where peer-refereed publishing is not common (e.g. Art, Design), the doctoral school recommends that the students disseminate their work in venue appropriate for their field. These venues may include international conferences, interactive demonstrations, exhibitions, etc. Similar to the process of peer-revision, it is expected that experts in the field will provide feedback on the research questions, methods, and outcomes through these alternative modes of dissemination, thereby reviewing and evaluating the work. Additionally, students are expected to document their research progress in written Thesis Advisory Committee reports and present the state of their research to their TAC committee annually. The final outcomes and process are documented and presented in the final PhD dissertation and defense. While other media is permitted to accompany the dissertation, a written document is mandatory for completion of the PhD. Featured New Frontiers Projects These projects often sit at the interface of art & design, digital technology, education, and science, however this is not strictly mandatory. Past projects have involved learning with games, teaching through research, communication technologies, participatory science, art/design as a means to communicate science, etc. [-]

FdV Life Science PhD Program

Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)
Campus Full time France

Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. [+]

Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. As of December 2015, over 110 PhDs have been granted to FdV fellows studying topics at the frontiers of life science, and over 120 are currently in pursuit of their degree. “Frontières du Vivant” (FdV) projects involve interactions between a broad range of academic disciplines, in the pursuit of understanding living systems. Students who join the doctoral school are trained in various disciplines (e.g. biology, physics, medicine, economy, linguistics) from around the world. Degree requirements The PhD at the FdV program represents a combination of research experience gained in the hosting lab and experience in interdisciplinary science-related activities gained through the doctoral school. Students are required to complete the FdV training program, which consists of at least 300 hours of training. Half of the hours must be completed through FdV approved courses, workshops, or activities and the remainder may be completed through external programs, international conferences, summer schools, etc. The doctoral school does not require a determined number of publications to authorize the defense. However, it recommends that students are involved in 3 publications during their thesis: One research article written with the lab, not necessarily as lead author, and not necessarily on the student’s main subject. One review type article, taking advantage of the work of interdisciplinary synthesis expected by the school. One research article as lead author on the student’s main subject. Approval to defend the thesis is granted by the doctoral school director. The director will consider the following: the Thesis Advisory Committee recommendations, research achievements, publications or dissemination of the work in thesis, and completion of the doctoral school training program including courses, conferences, and involvement in the FdV doctoral program. Featured Life Science projects Randomness and variability in animal embryogenesis, a multi-scale approach The developmental polarity and morphogenesis of a single cell Unraveling the neural circuitry of sequence-based navigation using a combined fos imaging and computational approach Mechanotransductional regulation of mesoderm invagination and posterior endoderm invagination of the Drosophila embryo Symmetry breaking and Cell polarization imposed by an external mechanical cue Featured Frontiers of Life Science Projects Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. The following featured dissertations received the highest honors from their defense committees: Mention Très honorable avec Félications This grade is reserved for candidates with exceptional skills proven by their achievements and the quality of their thesis defense. It can be awarded only if a) there is a unanimous agreement of the thesis jury members under an anonymous vote and b) the jury president writes and signs an additional report justifying this distinction. [-]