Doctoral College of Bretagne

The Doctoral College of Brittany coordinates the regional doctoral system

The Doctoral College of Bretagne

The mission of the doctoral college is to provide operational management of the doctoral program in Brittany, to contribute to its visibility and to the pooling of doctoral school activities.

In this context, the doctoral college is intended to be a place for exchanges and decisions between doctoral schools in order to define common operating rules to improve the overall quality of the doctorate.


In accordance with the regulations, the Accredited Institutions have decided to entrust a doctoral college with the operational management of the doctoral program in Brittany, in order to contribute to its visibility and to the pooling of the activities of the doctoral schools.

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The doctoral college in Brittany is co-directed by two co-directors appointed by the Doctoral Committee after a call for candidates. One of the co-directors is from an institution located in Brest, the other from an institution located in Rennes. The duration of their mandate is equal to that of the accreditation of the doctoral schools.

The co-director is assisted by a council. The board of the doctoral college of Brittany is composed of 26 people, as follows

  •         2 co-directors of the doctoral college ;
  •         13 directors of the doctoral schools of the accredited institutions;
  •         6 representatives of doctoral students;
  •         3 representatives of the administrative staff;
  •         2 external members.


Mission to Accredited Institutions and Doctoral Schools

The actions of the doctoral college must accompany the Accredited Institutions and the doctoral schools in order to:

  •         Support the development of their attractiveness to doctoral candidates
  •         Develop and organize their cross-disciplinary training offers
  •         Promote the diversity and interest of their doctoral students' professional careers
  •         Provide tools and services, particularly digital ones, to facilitate their management and monitoring of the quality of doctoral projects.


Missions of the Doctoral College at the regional level

  • Coordinates the regional doctoral system for the group of institutions (common rules and texts, bodies, financial system, agreements, self-evaluation methodology, steering assistance, advice and expertise for institutions and EDs, etc.);
  • Carries out career follow-up of PhDs and publishes surveys on the professional future of PhDs;
  • Designs and/or administers tools and services, particularly digital ones, for the DEs and institutions in order to facilitate their missions of management and monitoring of the quality of the progress and supervision of doctoral projects;
  • Coordinates and evaluates the cross-disciplinary training offer and the support mechanisms for post-doctoral careers (designed and implemented at each site), ensuring that all training needs are covered at each site of the college;
  • Contributes to the European and international openness of doctoral students by coordinating a mobility support system.

Site Doctoral Pole

The doctoral college is located on two geographical sites, designated as follows: Brest-Lorient-Vannes site and Rennes site.

The college's sites allow for the operational implementation of training activities and events as close as possible to the doctoral students.

Each site is run by a site committee, chaired by the co-director of the college from the site concerned.

The site commission is a forum for discussion and preparation of decisions by the doctoral college council. It examines in particular the cross-disciplinary training offer on the site for doctoral students and supervisors.

The site commission is composed of

  •         The co-director of the college from the site concerned
  •         For the Brest-Lorient-Vannes site, a deputy director from the Université Bretagne Sud
  •         The directors of the doctoral schools located on the site and their assistants
  •         Representatives of the doctoral students on the site elected to the council of the doctoral college (titular and substitutes)
  •         Representatives of the site's administrative staff elected to the doctoral college council (titular and substitutes)
  •         An external representative chosen on the proposal of the co-director of the college, in relation to the issues of international mobility of doctoral students.

The site commission meets at least once a year in plenary session. A site commission bureau may be set up to work in a restricted formation on the proposal of the co-director of the site.

List of Doctoral Schools of the Doctoral College of Bretagne

Doctoral school (Lead institution)

SPIN – Sciences pour l’Ingénieur et Numérique / Engineering and Digital Sciences (IMT-Atlantique)


EGAAL - Écologie Géosciences Agronomie Alimentation / Ecology Geosciences Agronomy Food (Agro – AgroCampus Ouest) - Sciences pour l'Ingénieur / Engineering Sciences (Université Bretagne Sud)


MathSTIC Bretagne Océane - Mathématiques et STIC / Mathematics and ICST (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)


SML - Sciences de la Mer et du Littoral / Marine and Coastal Sciences (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)


DSP - Droit et Science politique / Law and Political Science (Université de Rennes 1)


EDGE - Sciences Économiques et Sciences de Gestion / Economics and Management Sciences (Université de Rennes 1)


MATISSE - Maths, Télécoms, Informatique, Signal, Systèmes, Electronique / Math, Telecoms, Computer Science, Signal, Systems, Electronics (Université de Rennes 1)


S3M – Sciences de la Matière, des Molécules et Matériaux /  Sciences of Matter, Molecules and Materials (Université de Rennes 1)


SVS – Sciences de la Vie et de la Santé / Life and Health Sciences (Université de Rennes 1)


ALL - Art, Lettres, Langues / Art, Letters, Languages (Université Rennes 2)


ELICCE - Éducation, Langage, Interaction, Cognition, Clinique, Expertise / Education, Language, Interaction, Cognition, Clinic, Expertise (Université Rennes 2)


ESC - Espaces, Sociétés, Civilisations / Spaces, Societies, Civilizations (Université Rennes 2)