Our PhD program


The PhD program of the IGDR offers additional training to the ones offered by the Life Agronomy Health Graduate School of the University of Rennes 1 or by other graduate schools to which the PhD students from IGDR are affiliated.
This program offers to students three main aims:
1 / to discover new scientific techniques and approaches
2 / to develop soft skills complementary to research activity
3 / to encourage exchanges and to build their professional network

Format and Content 

To discover new techniques and approaches

The techniques and methods used in the context of a thesis are rarely the only ones used in professional life. In academia and in industry, projects evolve and the researcher must learn to feed his inventiveness by his curiosity, taking advantage of his broad knowledge or by easily identifying the resources / knowledge that will be needed.

By leveraging the diversity of questions, knowledge, and methods implemented at the IGDR, the doctoral program offers students to train to techniques and approaches other than those engaged strictly needed for their thesis project.

> FORMAT: Practical immersion workshops over several half-days in a research team from IGDR


To develop soft skills complementary to research activity

Scientific excellence is necessary but not sufficient to build a scientific career in research or R & D. Strong skills in scientific communication (oral and written) and project management are also essential. Moreover, it is important that students can quickly develop a synthetic and prospective vision in different areas of research so that they can give a perspective to their research, clearly identify emerging topics and sharpen their apperception.

> FORMAT: 3 or 4 seminars "Doctoral Program / PhD Program" per year with outstanding scientists invited to share their project development experience and their vision, followed by a discussion with students; debriefings of internal seminar talks; specific training workshops and round tables


To encourage exchanges and to build their professional network

The thesis is also a practical to train to careers in academic or industrial research and the opportunity to create a first professional network. To facilitate this learning, the doctoral program of the IGDR invites students to exchange with more experienced students, researchers and professionals, and to develop their interpersonal skills.

> FORMAT: Workshops and panel discussions on practical and methodological issues (look for a postdoc, find a job; make the most of a conference; namely work, etc.)

Targeted audience 

The doctoral program is open primarily to PhD students of the IGDR but also to voluntary postdocs and students in Master M2, trainee at the IGDR, upon availabilities.


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