Training courses

The Doctoral School and the Collège doctoral de Bretagne offer a wide range of training programs to help doctoral students carry out their research projects and prepare their professional projects.

The doctoral school offers several types of training courses designed to deepen PhD students’ training and to help them prepare for their post-doctoral career. PhD students must take at least 100 hours of training courses during their thesis preparation.

Field-specific training courses

Disciplinary training courses are organized by the doctoral school. These courses provide scientific instruction within the student’s research specialization. All students need do is register in the “AMETHIS” application for Brittany-based PhD students or the “LUNAM Docteur” application for Loire-based students.
Follow this link to consult the catalogue of disciplinary training courses.

These are “outward-looking” courses in management, ethics, preparing one’s professional career, etc.


Cross-disciplinary training courses

Cross-disciplinary training courses are offered by both the Doctorate School and the Site Doctoral Centres.

Disciplinary training

These are scientific training courses in the doctoral student's research specialty.

Disciplinary training can be organized by the doctoral school, by national organizations (CNRS, Inserm, INRAe, etc.), by technological support structures that offer training in the field of life sciences:

    the BioGenOuest platform network ( and its catalog (
    the SFR BIOSIT (


Cross-cutting training

Cross-disciplinary training is offered by the Collège doctoral de Bretagne and the doctoral centers on the site. These are opening courses with a professional focus: management, ethics, preparation for career development, etc...


Blocks of competence of the RNCP

The doctorate is registered in the répertoire national des certifications professionnelles (RNCP). It is classified at level 8 of the national certification framework.

The awarding of the doctorate certifies the ability to produce new high-level scientific knowledge as well as the acquisition and mastery of blocks of skills common to all doctors and linked to their training through research.

Thus, six blocks of competences have been defined by ministerial order in order to promote the recruitment of PhDs.

See the order of February 22, 2019:


List of the six blocks of competence of the doctorate

Block 1 Design and development of a research and development, study and prospective process

-To have a scientific expertise, both general and specific, in a given field of research and work;
-Take stock of the state and limits of knowledge within a given sector of activity, at the local, national and international levels;
-Identify and solve complex and new problems involving a plurality of fields, by mobilizing the most advanced knowledge and know-how;
-Identify the possibilities of conceptual breakthroughs and design innovation axes for a professional sector;
To make innovative contributions in the context of high-level exchanges and in international contexts;
-adapting continuously to the needs of research and innovation within a professional sector.

Block 2 Implementation of a research and development, study and prospective approach

-Implement the methods and tools of research in relation to innovation;
-Implement the principles, tools and approaches of cost evaluation and financing of an innovation or R & D process;
-Ensure the validity of the work as well as its ethics and confidentiality by implementing the appropriate control mechanisms;
-Manage the time constraints of research, innovation or R&D activities;
-Implementing the factors of commitment, risk management and autonomy necessary for the finalization of an R&D, study or innovation project.

Block 3 Valorization and transfer of the results of an R & D, studies and prospective process

-Implementing transfer issues for the purpose of exploiting and valorizing results or products in economic or social sectors;
-Respecting the rules of intellectual or industrial property related to a sector;
-Respecting the principles of deontology and ethics in relation to the integrity of the work and the potential impacts;
-Implementing all publication mechanisms on an international scale to promote knowledge and new knowledge;
-Mobilize open data communication techniques to enhance the value of approaches and results.

Block 4 International Science and Technology Watch

-acquire, synthesize and analyze cutting-edge scientific and technological data and information on an international scale;
Understand, step back and critically assess all available cutting-edge information;
-to go beyond the boundaries of available data and knowledge by crossing with different fields of knowledge or other professional sectors;
-Develop scientific and professional cooperation networks on an international scale;
-have the curiosity, adaptability and openness necessary to develop and maintain a high level of general and international culture.

Block 5 Training and dissemination of scientific and technical culture

-Reporting and communicating in several languages on scientific and technological work to different audiences or publications, both in writing and orally;
-Teach and train a variety of audiences in advanced concepts, tools and methods;
-adapt to a diverse audience to communicate and promote advanced concepts and approaches.

Block 6 Management of teams dedicated to research and development activities, studies and foresight

-Lead and coordinate a team in the context of complex or interdisciplinary tasks;
-Identify the missing skills within a team and participate in the recruitment or solicitation of service providers;
-Build the necessary steps to foster an entrepreneurial spirit within a team;
-Identify key resources for a team and prepare for changes in terms of training and personal development;
-Evaluate the work of individuals and the team in relation to projects and objectives.

Individual Training Plan

The doctoral student must develop an Individual Training Plan (ITP) with his/her thesis director within three months of starting the doctorate. The purpose of this plan is to have the doctoral student reflect on his or her training needs, to discuss them with his or her thesis director, and to spread out these training needs, taking into account the schedule of his or her research work.


Teaching missions for PhD students

Each year, the University of Western Brittany and the University of Rennes 1 propose teaching missions. A teaching mission consists in carrying out a maximum of 64 hours of teaching - tutorials (TD) / practical work (TP) - spread over the academic year. The duration of the mission is one year, renewable within the limits of availability. Second year doctoral students, or even third year students who have not carried out teaching assignments, have priority.

A call for applications is sent :

- in June for the University of Rennes 1

- in May for the UBO

Call for expression of interest for pedagogical evolution - University of Rennes

The UFR SVE proposes you, within the framework of the doctoral training, to participate in a project of pedagogical innovation using the ICTE within a UE of Biology with the teacher in charge of this UE or of a part of the UE.

To this end, you will be trained by the SUPTICE on the Moodle platform, the diversity of possible approaches and the basics of the scripting of a teaching.
The whole training-action should take place between the end of January and mid-June 2023.

Hourly volume of the training that can be included in the doctoral training plan: 25 h.

For the first semester 2023, the proposed projects are the following
1- UE : DEFENSES, L3 SVT-M, responsible Céline Raguenes-Nicol
2- UE : Méthodologies en Sciences des Aliments (MSA), Master 2 Nutrition et Sciences des Aliments (NSA), responsible Émeline Roux and Ludovic Paquin.
3- Develop an interactive book to identify jobs, Life Sciences Licence L1, L2, L3, responsible Stéphanie Le bras (form available soon)

Sustainable development teaching mission - University of Rennes

This is a new teaching mission that aims to participate in the animation of webinars and forums on the subject of sustainable development in connection with the MOOC developed by Ronan Le Cornec of the University of Rennes.