Reference documents related to the defense of the thesis
Doctoral thesis defence procedure
Language of writing or defense
If you write your thesis in a language other than French, a substantial summary in French must be provided in all cases (see the doctoral school for details). If, especially in the case of an international cotutelle thesis, the language of writing and defense, as specified in the cotutelle agreement, is other than French or English, each member of the jury must declare on his or her honor that he or she has a sufficient command of this language to be able to read your manuscript and to discuss it with you for the defense.
Confidential thesis, request to defend in camera
Exceptionally, a doctoral defense may be held in camera if the thesis is of a confidential nature. In this case, the thesis must be subject to confidentiality commitments by the rapporteurs and members of the Jury and, if necessary, confidentiality commitments by the public invited to attend the defense. An embargo on the broadcast of the thesis, of a duration greater than or equal to the duration of confidentiality, must also be provided. The request for a defense in camera must be made to the head of the institution, the services in charge of the legal deposit of theses and their diffusion must be informed of the decision:
Confidential thesis, request for confidentiality on the thesis or an annex of the thesis, but without closed defense
A doctoral thesis that is of a proven confidential nature can nevertheless be held publicly, if the confidential information has been grouped in an annex for which a confidentiality clause has been requested. If the thesis or an annex of the thesis is of a proven confidential nature, then it must be subject to confidentiality agreements with the rapporteurs and members of the Jury. An embargo on the broadcast of the thesis, for a period greater than or equal to the duration of confidentiality must also be provided. The services in charge of the legal deposit of theses and their broadcast must be informed of the decision: ➡️
The thesis cover template (title page and back cover)
We are a bit late on some points to define for the next thesis covers. Until we change the files here, the downloadable versions above are still the official version.
Request for authorization to film the defense
The defense is normally public, unless otherwise stated. Any defense may be filmed, on the initiative of the involed PhD student, and the video thus obtained may be broadcast, if all the necessary agreements have been obtained with regard to image rights and intellectual property. The PhD student retains ownership of the images of his/her thesis defense.
Your thesis is published and legally registered
Deposit of the thesis: I publish, what are my rights?
- Regulatory framework for legal deposit on legifrance.
- Your contacts for the legal deposit of theses
Request for a member of the Jury to participate in a videoconference defense
Request for a waiver of the external nature of a rapporteur for a defense