Thesis defense

All the practical information on the thesis defense and after the defense is available on the website of the College of Doctoral Schools.

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  • 4 to 8 members at least
  • half of personalities from outside the establishment, the doctoral school and the doctoral student at least
  • one active professor or lecturer representing Université Paris Cité
  • at least half university professors and equivalent (rank A)
  • The jury must allow a balanced representation of men and women.
  • The president of the jury must be a university professor or equivalent (rank A). He can be one of the rapporteurs. It is designated the day of the defence.
  • Rapporteurs chosen for their competence and “Habilitation à diriger des recherches” (HDR) (authorization to direct research). The two rapporteurs must be external to the doctoral school and the establishment. They have no involvement in the work of the doctoral student.
  • The thesis supervisor cannot be either jury president or rapporteur. He participates in the jury but does not take part in the decision.


SPECIFIC CASES OF INTERNATIONAL THESIS COTUTELLE: The composition of a thesis jury prepared within the framework of an international joint supervision is subject to specificities defined in the agreement.

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