Doctoral Training Plan for PhD Students of ED STITS

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The doctoral training plan is a key component of the doctoral project as defined in the decree of the 7th of August 2006. These courses are of two types:
- The scientific training aims at  providing scientific exposure to the PhD student or to strengthen his knowledge in a field related to his thesis.
- The professional training aims at helping the PhD student to develop his doctoral thesis project or to pursue a career, once being graduated.

1. Scientific Training

These courses may be selected from all course units offered at partner institutions of the ED (core or optional teaching unit of the 2nd year of a Research Master), even from the proposals of other institutions. Summer schools or thematic schools organized by a research group or in the frame of a conference can also be considered a scientific module. PhD students are asked to approachs at least two different subjects.
A scientific module is defined as:
- A 2nd year Research Master module which usually lasts 24 hours or 8 half-days over 8 weeks,
- A summer school, which lasts 20 to 30 hours.

Two modules of either type must be followed for a total of either two times eight half-day or 48 to 60 hours.
These courses must be followed in priority during the first year of the thesis.
Here is an example of certificate of attendance .
Website of the Master IST 2nd year:
Website of the Master Supélec:

2. Professional Training

These courses can be chosen from those offered by the Service D’Insertion Proféssionnelle (SIP) of the Paris-Sud University, by Supélec, or by INSTN-CEA. According to his professional project, the PhD student may also take courses outside the institution.
By definition, a vocational module corresponds to 3 days of training per module (5-6 half-days or 15 to 20 hours). Two vocational modules must be followed by the PhD student. Exceptions concern language modules ("Scientific English", "French for foreigners", etc..) that can last one or two semesters but will be counted as one module.
These courses must be followed in priority during the second year of the thesis.
SIP website:

A specific training course is offered for the PhD students of  ED STITS : Scientific Writing

see the program of last session.

3. Implementation and Obligations

At the beginning of the first year of his thesis, the student consults the training courses offered by the two institutions or searches for other training modules and proposes his training project to the doctoral school.

During the first two years of his thesis, he provides certificates of attendance for the modules he has followed (you can use this model). The completion of the training courses will be considered in order to begin the process of thesis defense.