Defending the thesis

The defence is one of the highlights of the doctoral project. The culmination of several years of effort and joy, it is an important step in terms of identity and professional recognition.

Defending the thesis

It is a way to demonstrate the quality of the work done and to show its implications. The defence is also a moment of sharing with colleagues and relatives who have supported the candidate during this period and who now have a chance to actually see what work has been accomplished.

In the Administrative Procedures section, Doctoral students can find the procedure to follow and the deadlines to be met in order to successfully complete their defence.
Courses in written communication specially designed for the preparation of the thesis manuscript and oral communication for the defence are available. These courses can be found in the course catalogue of the Sorbonne University Doctoral College. 

Each year a ceremony celebrates the Doctorates of the Year under the aegis of a renowned sponsor. Find previous promotions in the Highlights section. 

Once they graduate, Sorbonne University Doctors become part of the Alumni community and the Sorbonne University Doctors' Club. Its current leaders have made it a priority to promote the doctorate to the socio-economic world and public authorities, to create unifying events around scientific and economic themes related to the strategic objectives of Sorbonne University and to develop mentoring. Newly graduated doctoral students are encouraged to participate in the activities of this assembly and in the network created.

The faculty of medicine is closed to the public and operates according to a business continuity plan (research, pedagogy, administrative) since Monday, March 16, 2020. The closure of the faculty to the public effectively results in the cancellation of all courses in face-to-face. Research activities and vital administrative activities are maintained, under the conditions specified by the university administration in the Business Continuity Plan. Beyond the end of classroom lessons, university libraries are closed. The situation is constantly changing, staff and students are invited to consult their emails, the university intranet and the FAQ to stay informed.

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The Faculty of Medicine teaches the 3 cycles of medical studies: from PASS (integrated into the faculty) to the 3rd cycle including DES, DESC, DU and DIU. The lessons are given mainly on two sites: Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine. The faculty also provides paramedical education: speech therapy, psychomotricity and orthoptics. The Saint-Antoine site includes a midwifery school.

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