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Ecole Doctorale BIOLOGIE SANTE (ED n°446)
Faculté de Médecine Pôle Recherche
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59045 Lille cedex - France
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     Doctoral enrollments are regulated by the French decree dated August 7th, 2006, relating to doctoral training. In compliance with the Bologna process for Higher Education Area of the European Economic Community (EEC), the Master's degree with training in research (“Master's in research”, a course- and research-based degree) is a prerequisite for pursuing a doctoral program.

EEC applicants:

    An academic Master's degree in the field of Biology, Health Sciences or a closely allied discipline with a ranking of at least 12/20 is required (ranking in the upper two-thirds of the graduating class and at least a average grade of 12/20 to apply for an Allocation for Research from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research).

    Applicants without a Master's in research (or expecting to receive one by the time they enter the program, i.e. the following autumn) have to apply for a Master’s degree equivalence, based on the completion of an academic program of at least five years and a recognized introduction to research in the field of biology and health sciences (e.g. relevant research experience, letters of recommendation, scientific publications).

    A professional Master program does not qualify a candidate, unless completed by at least six month of training in a recognized research unit.

Non EEC applicants:

     International applicants are required to present the same high qualifications required of applicants from France and other EEC countries.

    Not all international degrees are comparable to the EEC Master's in research degree, even if designated as Master's degrees. International applicants must submit official academic records (and transcripts thereof if not written in French or English). Records must provide information on the content of courses taken, class ranks and grades received. 

    If the academic credentials presented are not equivalent to an EEC Master's in research degree, the scientific council may nevertheless allow foreign applicants who benefit from a three years’ training grant from their country to work on a doctorate immediately, but then the Master's must be earned during the first year, as a result of the successful completion of coursework and examination.