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Doctoral school Oncology : Biology, Medicine, Health

The Doctoral School will be closed for the summer from the evening of July 26 to the evening of August 23

L'école doctorale

Perimeter of the doctoral school

The Doctoral School of Cancer, Biology, Medicine, Health is monothematic and covers all aspects of oncology.

The Doctoral School of Cancer, Biology, Medicine, Health is based on the scientific and medical activities of the 80 Doctoral Student Reception Teams (EAD) on several sites (Gustave Roussy, CEA, Institut Curie Paris and Orsay, AP-HP, ENS de Cachan, Weill Cornell Medical College, Institut Cochin, Luxembourg Institute of Health and Versailles St-Quentin University) and is structured around four main axes:

  • Fundamental aspects in oncology
  • Genetics and epidemiology
  • Pharmacology and new therapeutic approaches
  • New methods of biological and clinical investigation (including imaging)

Placed under the supervision of Université Paris-Saclay, the doctoral school Cancer, Biology, Medicine, Health is part of the Graduate School "Life Science and Health" of Université Paris Saclay, and is attached to three university institutions: Université Paris-Saclay (via the component of the Faculty of Medicine), the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin and the Université de recherche Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) is co-accredited.


Governance and the Council of the CBMS Doctoral School

Management Team
Director:  Professor Eric Deutsch
Deputy Director: Dr Ken Olaussen

Council of the Doctoral School (which sets itself up as a jury)

15 Représentants des établissements, des unités ou équipes de recherche

Sébastien APCHER (Institut Gustave Roussy, Univ Paris-Saclay)

Ivan BIECHE (Institut Curie, Univ PSL) 

Erika BRUNET (Inserm, Univ Paris-Cité)

Claude CAPRON (Univ Versailles Saint Quentin)

Bassam JANJI (Luxembourg)

Patricia KANNOUCHE (CNRS, Paris-Saclay, Gustave Roussy)

Lionel LARUE (Institut Curie, Univ Paris-Saclay)

Reina LUCO (Institut Curie, Paris-Saclay)

Elisabetta MARANGONI (Institut Curie, Univ PSL)

Fabien MILLIAT (IRSN, Univ Paris-Saclay)

Guillaume MONTAGNAC (Inserm, Gustave Roussy, Univ Paris-Saclay)

Cindy NEUZILLET (Institut Curie, Univ PSL)

Ken OLAUSSEN (Univ Paris-Saclay, Inserm, Gustave Roussy)

Vanessa PETIT (Univ Paris-Saclay, CEA)

Françoise PORTEU (Gustave Roussy, Inserm, Univ Paris-Saclay)

1 Représentants des personnels BIASS

Léa POISOT (Univ Paris-Saclay)

3 Doctorants élus




5 Personnalités compétentes dans les domaines scientifiques, industriels et socio-économiques concernés


Nadège BERSON (Servier)

Cécile ORSINI (Sanofi)


Robert WEIL (CIMI-Paris, Institut Pasteur)

2 Invités permanents


Marie-Christine MULTON


Supervision - Thesis supervision - Laboratories

There are currently:

  • 63 Host teams & a doctoral supervision capacity of about 206 HDR.

It is therefore a very important supervisory potential that includes teacher-researchers and researchers from organizations and also many PU-PH that brings skills to the interface between science and medical applications.

The laboratories in which the Doctoral Reception Teams are located are all labeled by the research organizations or the MESRI. It should be noted that many EADs are located in hospital structures, Cancer Centers (Gustave Roussy and Institut Curie) and in Inserm and CNRS units located on AP-HP hospital sites.

This medical support is a determining element of training and professional integration.

Le doctorat

PhD at Paris Saclay University

The charter defines a number of values and principles that underpin the relationship between the doctoral student and the thesis supervisor and more generally between all the actors of a doctoral training project.

  • Thesis Committees (CSI)
  • A personalized training plan
  • 2.5 Scientific Days
  • An Association of PhD students: PoP'
Sujets de thèse, admission et concours

Application, how to apply?


Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent degree in a discipline close to the thesis topic. The quality of the academic background is a selection criterion. The candidate's skills must be in line with the project, the expectations of the thesis supervisor and the working environment of the host laboratory.

How do I apply? via the ADUM platform

Applications are made on the ADUM website:

Link to view the topics submitted for the CBMS School:

PhD application space (create my application space):

It is necessary to choose a thesis subject put online by thesis directors, apply by providing the requested documents (last diplomas, transcripts, certificate of funding).

2 scenarios:

  • The subject had been assigned to you beforehand (register with the email address  indicated by the thesis supervisor), its title appears and you just have to click on "register my application"
  • Otherwise, click on "add a new application", then on "to Consult the detailed description of the thesis subjects" which will allow you to choose the subjects

If the application button does not appear, it is because the subject is already assigned to a candidate

The supervisor chooses a student from among the applications for his project and validates this application on ADUM – FAVORABLE OPINION

 Admission, hearing, calendar

After the hearing, if the opinion of the council is favorable you can register at the Doctoral School.

Two options:

  • You are applying under the ED Contract : the auditions will take place during the month of June 2023
  • Apply with other funding: several audition sessions are scheduled for
  • September 7, 2023
  • October 10, 2023
  • November 20, 2023

(Attention, If the candidate is a health professional, practitioner he will have to justify time dedicated to the thesis and must necessarily free the first year of his thesis to perform it 100%)



​ ​The candidate applies on the project(s) of his choice via the ADUM platform

2 scenarios:

  • the subject had been assigned to you beforehand (register with the email address indicated by the thesis director), its title appears and you just have to click on "register my application"
  • otherwise, click on "add a new application", then on "to Consult the detailed description of the thesis subjects" which will allow you to choose the subjects

 If the application button does not appear, it is because the subject is already assigned to a candidate

The supervisor chooses a student from among the applications for his project and validates this application on ADUM – FAVORABLE OPINION

  1. After validation of the complete files by the unit director, each file is examined by specialists in the field. All candidates who have had a favourable opinion from the thesis supervisor are auditioned by the jury. If they are too numerous, a pre-selection can be made beforehand on file by the jury.
  2. The candidates invited to the audition present their background, their project, their objectives, the methodology and the expected results. The jury assesses the academic record of the candidates as well as the quality and originality of the project and its feasibility, the answers to the jury's questions (adequacy of the candidate's knowledge with the project). At the end of the auditions, the jury establishes a ranking, with a main list and a complementary list


The hearing lasts 20 minutes IN TOTAL including:

  • 10 minutes to introduce yourself (route), to present your project
  • 10 minutes of questions/exchanges with the jury
  • You can use a medium, French or English for your presentation (Power Point or PDF).

Calendar Competition 2023: ED Contracts: GS-LSaH & Institut Curie White Program (PSL)

February 21, 2023: Deadline for submitting projects on ADUM
May 10, 2023: Deadline for submission of the complete application file by the candidate on ADUM
May 16, 2023: Deadline for the thesis supervisor to give his or her "favourable opinion" to a single application on ADUM
June 12,13, 2023: Audition

June 30, 2023: Final results

Inscription et réinscription


An academic year begins  on September 1 and ends on August 31

Registration is annual, it is renewed at the beginning of each academic year

 In the2nd - 3rd year and beyond, the registration must be renewed between 1 September and 30 October, in any case, including when the first registration took place late.

Doctoral students who defend their thesis between September and December of an academic year, are covered by their registration in the previous academic year and do not have to re-register


First registration (1st year)

Once your application has been accepted, the Doctoral School will switch you to the registration base on ADUM.  

For more information please go to the section "Thesis subject, admission and competition"

Later registrations are also possible, until June 1st.


Re-registration (2nd year and +)

Re-registration is done via your personal ADUM space (Each year you must re-submit your COMPLETE file)

Formation doctorale et suivi


The CBMS Doctoral School informs doctoral students from their 1st registration in thesis that the reference period of their thesis is 3 years in accordance with the decree of 25 May 2016 (Article 14).

In this context, the ED CBMS insists on the 4 points that must characterize a thesis:

  • Excellence of the doctoral project
  • Valorization of research work in terms of publications, patents, etc.
  • Additional training completed and adapted to the doctoral student
  • Preparation of a credible professional project

These 4 points are essential and must prevail over a rigid period imposed.
Note that the average duration of theses is very dependent on the scientific discipline.

Requests for exemption beyond a 3rd year of thesis must be quite exceptional and based on a solid argument & funding. Derogations may be granted, after consulting the thesis supervisor and the director of the ED CBMS, upon reasoned request.





6 to 15 points of training and complementary activities (1st year):

  • Useful for carrying out personal research work,
  • Consistent with Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity (MANDATORY)
  • Useful for the writing of the thesis or written-oral exhibition of the work,
  • Training in open science

6 to 15 points of training and complementary activities:

  • Reinforcing the scientific culture of doctoral students,
  • Training them in sustainable and sustainable development,
  • Promoting their international openness.

6 to 15 points of training and complementary activities:

Helping them to prepare for their professional future in both the public and private sectors (mandatory according to national regulations)

Doctoral students of the School have access to:

  • The UE of the Master 2 of Cancer Paris Saclay
  • Employment conferences (IFSBM, ED Biosigne)
  • Anti-tumor Chemotherapy Courses
  • Training on animal testing
  • Colloquia / congresses / Seminars

The training courses followed must be filled in the ADUM space of the doctoral student or they will be validated by the ED. These authorize you to defend your thesis.

Every year, the CBMS Doctoral School organizes the Scientific Days for 2.5 days which bring together a hundred doctoral students of 2nd and 3rd year of thesis who present their research work in the form of posters and oral communications.

The Monitoring Committee - THE CSI

The objectives are:

  •  to ensure the smooth running of the course by referring to the charter of the doctorate and the individual training agreement
  • to evaluate the conditions of his training and the progress of his research
  •  make recommendations and submit a report
  • to ensure in particular to prevent any form of conflict, discrimination or harassment

The individual monitoring committee of each doctoral student is set up in the first year of doctoral registration.

A referent is appointed by the Doctoral School.

If necessary and in agreement with his or her thesis supervisor, the doctoral student may request the holding of an individual monitoring committee at any time.

  • The thesis defense must take place before the end of the 3rd year, following the beginning of the funding of the thesis (except in exceptional cases)
  • The thesis defense must be public (except exceptional derogation)
  • An article as first author will have been accepted, or submitted in an international peer-reviewed journal (an original article, a journal, a method article, ...)
  • The thesis manuscript can be written in French or English. In the latter case, a substantial summary in French, annexed to the thesis, the length of which is between 4000 characters including spaces and twenty (20) pages


Defense - inform 3 months before the School of the date of defense

  1. Designation of rapporteurs + examiners
  2. Submission of the thesis on ADUM
  3. Return of reports
  4. 1st legal deposit - Appointment with the library of your university
  5. Defense authorization
  6. Defense PV
  7. – Defense –
  8. 2nd legal deposit - Appointment with the library of your university
  9. Diploma


Detailed procedures




Carrière & Alumni

After the Doctorate


Devices set up by the ED CBMS for the follow-up of the insertion of doctors

The CBMS Doctoral School carries out each year, on the basis of a questionnaire, an in-depth survey and statistical analyses on the future of Doctors during the 3 years after the thesis (commitment of doctoral students to answer in the thesis charter and to provide their contact details).

In addition, Paris-Sud University also has a monitoring procedure in place via Interceptum.

Actions carried out jointly with companies, local authorities, associations, etc.

In view of the medical purpose of the CBMS Docotrale School  , partnerships with industrial laboratories are essential, on the one hand to ensure the training of certain doctoral students destined for the private sector and on the other hand to involve potential employers in the professional integration of doctoral students.

As a result, links have been established with large or medium-sized laboratories such as SANOFI, ROCHE, BAYER, PFIZER, SERVIER, PIERRE FABRE, IPSEN, but also high-performance "start-ups" working in one of the cancer sectors.

The CBMS Doctoral School clearly represents a beneficial pole of attraction for the Ile-de-France Sud region. This is the reason why this structure was set up with the support of local and territorial authorities and that of many local elected officials, including those of the Val de Marne Ouest agglomeration community (Arcueil, Cachan, Fresnes, Gentilly, Le Kremlin Bicêtre, Haÿ les Roses and Villejuif). The leaders of the ED participate alongside the elected representatives in the reflections concerning the development of the health pole, the problems of reception of teachers and foreign students, the problems of communication, etc!  Finally, it should be noted that the ED of oncology is one of the structuring training systems in the Ile de France region and has established functional links in this context with the MEDICEN Paris region competitiveness cluster, which has included oncology and training actions in its priority axes.

Actions implemented to optimize integration

During the thesis, the CBMS Doctoral School strongly encourages the doctoral student to build his professional project throughout the thesis. The CBMS Doctoral School shows its determination to promote the integration of doctoral students who wish to pursue a career in the private or public sector.

The ED CBMS strongly encourages doctoral students to:

  • Follow training courses in the following areas: oral communication, time and relationship management, openness to the business world, training in higher education and research professions, training in intellectual property, scientific English!.  Most of these courses will be shared within the framework of the Paris Saclay doctoral college and when this is not the case the doctoral school will offer ad-hoc training. Specific training is essential  since the labour market, the nature of the enterprises, the nature of the jobs offered and the arrangements for access to employment may vary from one sector to another.
  • Participate in doctoral student associations and participate in events allowing them to expand their networks and learn about post-thesis (forums, doctoral students, welcome days, etc.). ).

The CBMS Docotrale School  also involves private actors in its operation (for example at the level of the Council) in order to facilitate reciprocal information between doctoral training and the world of potential employers.


Reception of foreign doctoral students

The CBMS Doctoral School welcomes a significant number of foreign students from their country of origin to the 80 EADs. They are nationals of the EU but also of North America, Latin America, the Maghreb and Asia. The ED also welcomes several foreign students who have completed an M2 in France.

In a steady state about 1/3 of doctoral students are of foreign nationality. The CBMS Doctoral School welcomes many foreign doctors from all countries including Latin America, which can be considered as a parameter of attractiveness, attractiveness linked to a very large part to the scientific quality of the host teams.



A thesis co-supervision is the sharing, by Université Paris-Saclay or PSL and a foreign higher education institution, of the responsibility for the training and supervision of a doctoral student. To this end, two research directors, with the agreement of the institutions to which they belong, draw up a joint training programme for the doctoral student. The latter carries out his schooling and work by attending, alternately, the two establishments. He defends his thesis before a jury established by the two partners, who award him a single diploma.

The formula of the co-supervision of thesis therefore presupposes one or more stays abroad as well as the co-supervision of the thesis, but it is not limited to these modalities — hence the importance of distinguishing its specificity.


National and international openness

The CBMS Doctoral School's priority objective is to steadily increase its international impact in a significant way at two levels:

Institutional agreements with foreign universities to promote doctoral student exchanges: reception of French doctoral students in foreign laboratories and vice versa

Reception of foreign students, especially from the EU by promoting theses in co-supervision.

The CBMS Doctoral School promotes theses carried out within the framework of scientific collaborations between laboratories. As part of this policy, the CBMS Doctoral School encourages doctors wishing to carry out part of their thesis in a major foreign university.




University of Paris Saclay PSL University




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Administrative: Mrs Monia Boujdidi - SEVE

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