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Doctoral school Oncology : Biology, Medicine, Health

L'école doctorale

Scope of the doctoral school

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

The Doctoral School of Oncology, Biology, Medicine, Health relies on the scientific and medical activities of the 80 PhD 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 Université Versailles St-Quentin) and revolve around four main axes:

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

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

 RI ED 582 CBMS - (pdf 250.98 KB)

Governance and Council of the CBMS Doctoral School

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

Council of the Doctoral School (which acts as a jury)

AMOR GUERET Mounira DR CNRS Institut Curie Orsay
APCHER Sébastien DR I.G.R
AUCLAIR Christian PR Emeritus ENS PSaclay

BIECHE Ivan MCU-PH Institut Curie Paris
EMILE Jean-Francois PU-PH UVSQ -PSaclay
MARANGONI Elisabetta Engineer Institut Curie Paris
POISOT Léa Educational Manager PSaclay
WEIL Robert MD, DR CNRS Institut Pasteur
MILIC Marina Elected PhD student
PETTIWALA Aafrin Elected PhD student
LECUYER Déborah Elected PhD student
FACCHINETTI Francesco Elected PhD student
ROBLIN Elvire Elected PhD student

Supervision - Thesis supervision - Laboratories

There are currently:

  • 63 Host Teams & a doctoral supervision capacity of around 206 HDR

This is therefore a very important supervisory potential which includes teacher-researchers and researchers from organizations and also many PU-PHs who provide skills at the interface between science and medical applications.

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

This medical support is a decisive element in training and professional integration.

Le doctorat

Being a PhD student

More information here: the doctorate at Paris Saclay University

 The Doctoral Student Charter - (pdf 1.49 Mo)
The charter defines a certain number of values ​​and principles on which the relationship between the doctoral student and the thesis director and more generally between all the actors of a doctoral training project is based.

The doctoral student's charter (online on their ADUM space) must be signed by:

  • The doctoral student
  • His thesis director
  • The director of the Host Research Unit
  • The director or deputy of the ED

PhD student at the CBMS Doctoral School

To be a candidate, you must consult the subjects here:

then contact the thesis supervisors - if a thesis supervisor agrees, you can submit an application on adum by following this link: ? site = PSaclay

First application - Create my application

Sujets de thèse, admission et concours

Competition 2022 calendar: ED contracts: White program GS-LSaH & Institut Curie (PSL)   

February 20, 2022: Deadline for submitting projects on ADUM

May 13, 2022: Deadline for submission of the complete application file by the candidate on ADUM

May 28, 2022: Deadline for the thesis director to give his “favorable opinion” to a single application on ADUM

13-14 June 2022: Auditions

July 11 at the latest: Final results


Candidates must hold a master's degree or an equivalent diploma in a discipline close to the thesis subject. The quality of the academic career is a selection criterion. The candidate's skills must be in line with the project, the expectations of the thesis director and the working environment of the host laboratory.

How to apply ?

The candidate applies for 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 only have to click on "register my application"
  • otherwise, click on "add a new application", then on "to Consult the detailed description of thesis subjects" which will allow you to choose the subjects

If the application button does not appear, the subject has already been 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 received a favorable opinion from the thesis director are auditioned by the jury. If there are too many of them, 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 candidates' academic record 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) .After the hearings, 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 / discussions with the jury
  • You can use a medium, French or English for your presentation (Power Point or PDF).
Inscription et réinscription

Calendar :

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

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

In the 2nd - 3rd year and beyond, registration must be renewed between September 1 and November 30, 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


1. How to apply?

It is necessary to bring together:

  • A thesis subject: deposit on ADUM by the Dir Th
  • A thesis director
  • A host laboratory
  • A funding
  • A candidate

Each thesis project is examined according to the following criteria: quality and adequacy of the doctoral student's university training - adequacy between the planned supervision (director and possibly co-director of the thesis and host team) and the scientific project - scientific quality of the thesis project - feasibility in 3 years - funding

Applications are made on the ADUM website:

Link to view the subjects submitted for the CBMS School:

Doctoral application space (create my application space):

You have to choose a thesis subject posted online by thesis directors, apply by providing the requested documents (Latest diploma + certificate of funding if out of competition).

The thesis director gives an opinion on your application, if the opinion is favorable you will be summoned to audition before the jury of the Doctoral School.

Several audition sessions: for this year 2021-2022 (IN PROGRESS)

  •  September X, 2021
  •  October X, 2021
  •  November X, 2021

Thank you to finalize your application on ADUM maximum 15 days before so that the ED will send you your invitation.

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


2. ADUM: Registration and Re-registration - DEMATERIALIZED Procedure

1st year :

Identify yourself on the Adum:, with the same email and password as when you applied

Creation of your ADUM profile - Complete all the sections by saving at each step

Re-enrollment: 2nd / 3rd and +

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

Specific procedures: Derogation; Extension, Gap, Transfer, Abandonment

Formation doctorale et suivi


The CBMS Doctoral School indicates to doctoral students as soon as they register for a thesis that the reference duration of their thesis is 3 years in accordance with the order of May 25, 2016 (article 14).

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

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

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

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


The CBMS Doctoral School offers a training plan based on the acquisition: 180 points for the entire doctoral training including + -150 to 160 hours of personal research work (thesis work), the 6 skill blocks to be validated


à 6 to 15 training points and additional activities (1st year):

  • Useful for carrying out personal research work,
  • Coming into research ethics and scientific integrity (MANDATORY)
  • Useful for writing the thesis or written-oral exhibition of the work,
  • Open science training

à  6 to 15 training points and additional activities:

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

à 6 to 15 training points and additional activities:

  • Helping them to prepare their professional future in the public sector as in the private sector (compulsory according to national regulations)

They can have access in particular :

  • The UEs of the Master 2 in Cancerology Paris Saclay
  • Employment conferences (IFSBM, ED Biosigne)
  • Anti-tumor chemotherapy courses
  • Training on animal experimentation
  • Conferences / congresses / Seminars
  • Training on animal experimentation

The courses taken must be entered 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 Scientific Days lasting 2.5 days which bring together around one hundred 2nd and 3rd year doctoral students 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 doctoral charter and the individual training agreement
  • to assess the conditions of his training and the progress of his research
  • formulate recommendations and transmit a report
  • to ensure in particular to prevent any form of conflict, discrimination or harassment

The doctoral student MUST program 2 CSI:

  • before the end of the 1st year of the thesis: to take stock of the thesis subject with a bibliographical summary
  • before the end of the 2nd year of the thesis: to plan the final operations of the thesis

However, if necessary and with the agreement of his or her thesis director, 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 start  of funding for the thesis (except in  exceptional cases)
  • The thesis defense must be public (except  for exceptional exceptions)
  • A first-authored article will have been  accepted, or submitted to an international  peer-reviewed journal (an original article,  a journal, a method article, etc.)
  • The thesis manuscript can be written in  French or in 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

The procedure is initiated 3 months before  the defense date on ADUM

  • Defense – Inform 3 months before the School of the  date of the defense
  1. Designation of reporters + examiners
  2. Submission of the thesis on ADUM
  3. Return of reports
  4. Appointment with your university library
  5. Authorization for the defense
  6. PV of the defense
  7. - Defense –
  8. 2nd legal deposit
  9. Diploma
Carrière & Alumni


Systems put in place by ED CBMS to monitor the integration of doctors

The CBMS Doctoral School carries out each year, on the basis of a questionnaire, an in-depth survey and statistical analyzes on the future of doctors during the 3 years after the thesis (commitment of the doctoral students to respond 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 employers. potential for 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 oncology sectors.

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

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 displays its determination to promote the integration of doctoral students who wish to pursue a career in the private or public sector.

ED CBMS strongly encourages doctoral students to:

  • Take training courses in particular 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 this training 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 indeed essential insofar as the labor market, the nature of the companies, the nature of the jobs offered and the terms of 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 the post-thesis (forums, doctoral studies, welcome days, etc.).

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


National and international openness

The CBMS Doctoral School's main objective is to regularly increase its international impact in a significant way on two levels:

- Institutional agreements with foreign universities to promote the exchange of doctoral students: reception of French PhD students in foreign laboratories and vice versa.
- Reception of foreign students, especially from the EU, favoring co-supervised theses.

Reception of doctoral students in foreign laboratories

As part of a voluntarist policy announced at the time of the last accreditation application, the CBMS Doctoral School promotes as much as possible, co-supervised theses and stays of PhD students abroad in the framework of collaborations between PhD student reception teams and foreign partner laboratories. Currently about ten doctoral students are internships in foreign laboratories, located mainly in Europe and the United States.

It should be noted that the accomplishment of thesis in real cotutelle is often difficult to implement, even impossible in some countries.

In view of this reality, 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 do part of their thesis at a major foreign university.

The CBMS Doctoral School benefits from agreements concluded between the various institutions involved and foreign institutions.

Note cotutelles with:

- Weill Cornell Medical in New York
- Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
- Luxembourg Institute of Health
- University Hospital Vaudoix (Switzerland)
- The National Cancer Center in Tokyo, Japan
- MD Anderson, USA
- Sloan Kettering, USA
- McGill University, Canada
- University of Florida, Gainsville, USA
- National Taiwan University, Taiwan

The CBMS Doctoral School integrated into Paris Saclay University will continue this policy of international opening in connection with the reception teams of doctoral students.

Reception of foreign PhD students

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

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



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