Main domain PhD

Until 2017, INSA Rouen Normandie was authorized to confer doctoral degrees. Today, degrees are delivered by the collegiate community COMUE Normandie Université. INSA Rouen Normandie is in charge of degree registration, and degree coordination by means of its eight laboratories and one of the supervision bodies for the laboratories.

A doctorate is a three-year study program after a master’s degree. It is the highest degree awarded in higher education disciplines and corresponds to eight years of schooling after the Baccalaureate. It involves both learning and implementing research and innovation practices.

INSA Rouen Normandie students can work on their doctoral thesis in one of the eight university laboratories. Theses supervisors can be research professors or researchers authorized to oversee research projects.

INSA Rouen Normandie actively participates in networking practices with other INSA schools: organizational methods, selecting and welcoming Chinese doctoral students through a partnership with the CSC (China Scholarship Council) and a network of technology universities, and most recently welcoming undergraduate and doctoral students from the Dominican Republic through the CALLIOPE program. INSA Rouen Normandie is also highly active in theses co-supervision.


Focus on cifre thesis

Serving the socio-economic world

The privileged opening of doctoral research towards the socio-economic world is made possible thanks to the industrial convention of training by research (CIFRE). It allows the company to access new scientific and technological skills. This partnership contributes to the process of innovation and the employment of doctors in companies. Many PhD students from INSA Rouen Normandy have already been involved in this scheme.

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  • Thesis defense

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Training description

Doctorate (PhD)

The studies

The doctorate aims to write a thesis on an original subject and bring a new reflection in a field. The students carry out their reflections, work under the control and the responsibility of a thesis director who validates with the doctoral student the subject of the thesis and its evolutions in order to guide it in its reflection
During the preparation of the thesis, doctoral students must follow specific training in their field as well as transversal training preparing their professional integration, participate in courses, seminars, assignments or courses organized within the framework of the doctoral school.

Diploma validation

The Doctorate degree is issued after the defense of a thesis.

Once validated by the thesis director and the jury composed of researchers, professors, the doctoral student obtains the title of doctor. About 30 thesis are defended at INSA Rouen Normandy each year.


Some of the doctors find a job in research or teaching because it is the university degree needed to become a lecturer or researcher in an institution or a public body. But opportunities are also possible and broad in the private sector (R&D). Companies also appreciate highly specialized students in a field.

How it works ?

With 7 engineering training specialties, INSA Rouen Normandie is present on a very wide disciplinary spectrum. To ensure its training, INSA relies on 8 research laboratories and participates in 3 doctoral schools.

Admissions and registrations

  • Doctoral students in the first year année of doctorate must:
  1. download the 1st year application file <link soon>
  2. after validation of the file with their Doctoral School, download IMPERATIVELYIMPERATIVELY the file to realize their administrative registration (file to download )
  • • PhD students in renewal of registration must :
  1. download obligatorily the renewal file (link to come)
  2. after registering with their Doctoral School, download IMPERATIVELYthe file to realize their administrative registration(link to come).

Thesis defenses

You are a PhD student and you have to defend to your thesis, download the procedure and the defense file:

  • thesis defense procedure (link to come)
  • thesis cover (link to come)
  • Annexes (from 1 to 3) (link to come)

Thesis deposit

After the defense, the doctoral student must follow the filing procedure. (link to come)