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  1. I have a Master’s/MBA/DESS/DEA/Maitrise/Other degree. Can I apply for a doctorate?
  2. I already have a Master's. Can I complete the Msc courses and the MPhil courses at the same time?
  3. When can I apply?
  4. Will my application be accepted?
  5. Can I do the doctorate through distance learning?
  6. I have been working for a long time. Can I do the doctorate on an accelerated pace since I have lots of experience?
  7. What kind of financing do I need to have?
  8. I am pursuing my doctorate at a University outside of France. How can I receive a letter of invitation to do research at your University?
  9. How can I do a PhD in cotutelle?
 

I have a Master’s/MBA/DESS/DEA/Maitrise/Other degree. Can I apply for a doctorate?


A bachelor’s degree (in the US), a first year of a master (in Europe) or the equivalent diploma, representing a four-year course of study in an accredited college or university, is required for admission.

A complete master’s degree is not required, although many applicants have a master’s degree in such fields as management, economics, engineering, and statistics. Superior academic performance is expected.

I already have a Master's. Can I complete the Msc courses and the MPhil courses at the same time?


No, students must complete the resources courses in the Master of Science and the MPhil sequentially. The programmes are schedule concurrently, which makes it impossible to compelte bourse programmes during the same academic year.


When can I apply?


Applications for the Doctoral Programme are opened from October 9, 2017 to January 4th, 2018. Fall is the only entrance date.


Will my application be accepted?


We cannot provide you with a preliminary opinion of your application because admission decisions are made by the Doctoral School Council. All applications are reviewed together after the January 4th deadline.

Can I do the doctorate through distance learning?


No, the doctorate is not offered online or through distance learning. While a full time presence in Toulouse is not necessary, PhD students must be able to come to Toulouse to take classes and participate in Doctoral School events.


I have been working for a long time. Can I do the doctorate on an accelerated pace since I have lots of experience?


While most doctoral students need a little over four years to finish their thesis, there is no impediment for doctoral students who are ready to defend their thesis in less time. Note that a Ph.D. is awarded for original research, and past publications or projects generally cannot be used alone to complete the doctorate.

What kind of financing do I need to have?


Applicants must have a stable financial situation in order to focus on their Ph.D. Examples of acceptable forms of financial support include part-time or full-time employment, scholarships, CIFRE contracts, or University doctoral contracts. You should earn/receive approximately 1,000€ per month. Applicants planning to live off of savings are generally not accepted.

I am pursuing my doctorate at a University outside of France. How can I receive a letter of invitation to do research at your University?


Please contact one of the research laboratories associate with the Doctoral School to inquire about being invited for a temporary research stay.

How can I do a PhD in cotutelle?


A cotutelle, or double degree for the PhD with a foreign university, must be initiated by a faculty member. The future supervisors must have pre-existing research ties, such as being co-authors on a paper or collaborating on a research project.