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 is based on the scientific and medical activities of the 80 Doctoral Student Reception Teams (EAD) at 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 by 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: https://www.adum.fr/as/ed/proposition.pl?site=pscbms

then contact the thesis supervisors - if a thesis supervisor agrees, you can submit an application on adum by following this link: https://www.adum.fr/script/candidature/index.pl ? site = PSaclay

First application - Create my application

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: https://www.adum.fr/as/ed/proposition.pl?site=pscbms
You must 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 2020-2021

  •  September 17, 2020
  •  October 22, 2020
  •  November 24, 2020

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: https://www.adum.fr, 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

Déroulement du doctorat


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 of skills lasting 100 hours.
During the 3 years of their thesis, and beyond the technical or disciplinary training necessary for the realization of the doctoral project, doctoral students can follow:

  • 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.

Concours et sujets de thèse

Competition CBMS 2020 (OVER)

Competition Calendar 2020

22-01-2020: Opening of project deposits on ADUM (no paper file is possible)
27-04-2020: Deadline for the collection of projects by the ED via ADUM
30-04-2020: Deadline for posting topics
30-05-2020: Deadline for deposit of the complete dossier by the candidate on ADUM
05-06-2020: Deadline for the thesis supervisor to give his “favorable opinion” to a single application on ADUM
17-18- (19) June: Hearing + UDOPIA

1. Application for a thesis subject

If the subject had been assigned to you beforehand (register with the email address indicated by the thesis supervisor), its title appears and you only have to click on "save my application"
or, click on "add a new application", then on "-> Consult the detailed description of the thesis subjects" which will allow you to choose the subjects proposed for the ED CBMS 582 by filtering on the Doctoral School of Cancerology . (https://www.adum.fr/as/ed/proposition.pl?site=pscbms)

By clicking on the subject that interests you, you can apply.
• Then click on "motivations and supporting documents" to complete your personal file and specify your motivations for the chosen subject. Remember to write down all the documents you will need to provide to finalize your application. After confirming, by clicking on the "doctoral file" button, you will see a page appear which must be printed in PDF and signed before scanning to integrate it into your entire file.

• As indicated, you will have to create a single PDF file containing all the documents for your application.
• When you have validated your application, the thesis director will receive an email to inform you and you will receive a confirmation email from ADUM.

2. Opinion of the thesis director

The thesis director must give an opinion on each application that must be written, even succinctly.
For a given thesis subject, there is at most one favorable opinion, the others being unfavorable

3. Hearing by the jury

All candidates who have received a favorable opinion from the thesis director are interviewed by the jury. If there are too many, a pre-selection can be made beforehand on file by the jury.

Practical arrangements:
The presentation 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).




3 months before the defense:


  • Contact, logistics = place - date of defense
  • Confidentiality of the thesis - In camera (if necessary)
  • Initiation of the procedure in ADUM by the doctoral student - I support within 3 months -
  • Appointment of rapporteurs + Jury proposal

2 months before the defense:


  • Save the thesis in PDF format
  • Dissemination to rapporteurs

1 month before the defense:



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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