The doctoral schools organize the training of doctoral students and prepare them for their professional activity at the end of their doctoral training. The "Life and Health Sciences" Doctoral School (ED SVS) is one of the 13 EDs in the Brittany Region.

Scientific perimeter

The "Life and Health Sciences" (SVS) Doctoral School brings together approximately 250 doctoral students in the broadest sense of the term, working on research issues related to living organisms in biology, health and ethology. Within the perimeter of the SVS ED, the number of researchers and teacher-researchers holding the HDR is approximately 250 in Rennes and 105 in Brest.

Geographic scope

The Doctoral School SVS is deployed in the Brittany Region. The ED SVS is one of the 13 doctoral schools present in the Research and Higher Education area of the Brittany Region. Its potential is mainly spread over two geographical sites: Rennes, with about 170 PhD students, and Brest, with about 85 PhD students. In total, the ED will rely on 21 research units and teams, 13 in Rennes and 8 in Brest.

Institutions involved in the SVS doctoral school

Supporting institution of the ED SVS

  •         University of Rennes 1

Co-accredited institutions with shared degrees :

  •         University of Western Brittany (UBO)
  •         Ecole des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP)
  •         Ecole Normale Supérieure Rennes (ENS Rennes)

Co-accredited institution with joint degree awarding :

  •         University of Rennes 2

The research units of the ED SVS

Rennes: IRSET (Biology and Genetics of Cancer), IGDR, Numecan, LTSI, MOBIDIC, OSS, BRM, Empenn, M2S, EthoS, ANSES Fougères, LPGP, RSMS team (ARENES)


The specialties of the SVS doctoral school

  1. Analysis and Processing of Medical Information and Images
  2. Biophysical Approach to Life
  3. Cellular Biology, Developmental Biology
  4. Molecular and Structural Biology, Biochemistry
  5. Cancerology
  6. Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics
  7. Immunology
  8. Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology
  9. Neurosciences, Ethology
  10. Nutrition and Metabolic Pathologies
  11. Physiology, Physiopathology, Medical Systems Biology
  12. Public Health
  13. Sciences and Techniques of Physical and Sports Activities (STAPS)
  14. Pharmaceutical Sciences
  15. Odontological Sciences
  16. Toxicology
  17. Epidemiology, Risk Analysis, Clinical Research

Structures of technological support and scientific animation

For technological support, the Rennes site has a Federative Research Structure, the SFR UMS CNRS 3480 - Inserm 018 "Biology, Health, Technological Innovation" (BIOSIT,, which includes a dozen technological platforms, and the UMS 2001 "Synthesis, Characterization and Analysis of Light" (ScanMAt, These two groups of platforms are hosted by the University of Rennes 1. These structures regularly offer training courses for doctoral students.

In support of scientific animation, the Brest site has the "Institut Brestois Santé Agro Matière" (IBSAM) which aims to bring together the UBO's research units in Health - Agro - Matter, to federate research and expertise. It is in charge of several missions, including support for research, including interdisciplinary research, the development of scientific partnerships, and the dissemination and promotion of knowledge. The scientific activities are open to doctoral students who also have the opportunity to present their work at the Institute's conferences.

On the scale of the Grand Ouest region, Biogenouest is an interregional network (Brittany and Pays de la Loire) that brings together 35 technological platforms in the life and environmental sciences and also offers a number of training courses, some of which may be intended for doctoral students.

Hospital structures

The University Hospital Centres (CHU) of Rennes and Brest host Clinical Investigation Centres (CIC Inserm 1414 in Rennes and CIC Inserm 1412 in Brest), the majority of whose hospital practitioners work in the site's research teams.

There are also three University Hospital Federations (FHU):

  1.         CAMIn ("Cancer-Microenvironment-Innovation") which brings together clinicians and researchers from the Rennes Pontchaillou University Hospital, the Eugène Marquis Cancer Center and teams from the Universities of Rennes 1 and Rennes 2.
  2.         Tech-san ("Technologies for Health"), which brings together multidisciplinary teams to develop innovative health technologies such as medical imaging and telemedicine. This structure is supported by the university hospitals of Rennes and Brest.
  3.         GenOMedS ("Génétique Omiques Médecine et Société"), which aims to study the impact of "omics" technologies on people with rare genetic diseases (excluding cancer) and their implications for society. This structure is supported by the university hospitals of Rennes and Nantes.