20 PhD Specialisations at IMT Atlantique

Do you have a master's in research, an international master's from an engineering school or equivalent studies abroad? Are you interested in energy, digital technology, health and network flow management?
IMT Atlantique offers you a high level research environment, made up of many industrial and academic partnerships related to the missions of our school's researchers and teachers. You will benefit from the dual status of doctoral student (employee and student), a rich inter-cultural setting, and quality training and concurrent activities.
IMT Atlantique offers a selection of twenty PhD specialisations.



  • A three-year programme

  • Professional training

  • Supervision for acquiring high level, transferable, professional scientific skills

  • Diverse career opportunities anticipated that reflect your training path

  • A high level, inter-cultural environment, flourishing through partnerships:


  1. with universities such as: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cranfield, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Polytechnique and University of Montreal, Politecnica of Madrid, University of Barcelona...
  2. with companies such as: Orange Labs, Airbus, DCNS, Air Liquide, EDF, AREVA, Séché Environnement, BNP Paribas, Thales, Mitsubishi, ST Microelectronics...

the dual status of doctoral students

A doctoral student is both a responsive employee, under doctoral contract with IMT Atlantique or a company (through the CIFRE (French Industrial Research Training Convention) of the ANRT ( French National Association for Technological Research) plan) and a student.

IMT Atlantique offers its doctoral students the opportunity to carry out concurrent missions, in accordance with the French by-law n°2016-1173 of August 29 2016 in the context of the by-law of May 25 2016 concerning doctorates.  Enrolled in an institute, doctoral students receive personalised scientific and professional supervision backed by the associated doctoral school. IMT Atlantique doctoral students must be highly motivated and passionate about the topic of their thesis and its context, in order to maintain the desired level of commitment throughout the programme, which leads to diverse career opportunities.


IMT Atlantique - 20 PHD spEcialiSATIONS

Since 2008, IMT ATLANTIQUE has been co-accredited within the Brittany Pays de la Loire Community of Universities and Institutions (Comue UBL), and authorised to deliver the PhD diploma in the twenty specialisations covered by the accreditation of its five regional doctoral schools.

  • MATISSE Doctoral School
    Specialisations: IT, Mathematics and applications, Electronics, Signal Processing and Telecommunications

  • 3MPL Doctoral School
    Specialisations: Theoretical Chemistry, Physics and Analysis, Elementary Components and Theoretical Physics, Radiochemistry, Subatomic Physics and Nuclear Instrumentation.

  • SICMA Doctoral School
    Specialisations: Mathematics, Information and Communication Science and Technology, Engineering Science, Science of Matter, Health and Biology

  • SPIGA Doctoral School
    Specialisations: Energetics, Combustion, Process Engineering and Bioprocesses, Fluid Mechanics

  • STIM Doctoral School
    Specialisations:  IT, Production Theory and Robotics, Biomechanics

N.B. From the start of the 2017-2018 university year, the doctoral schools have become inter-regional and will be restructured.ota

  • IMT Atlantique also hosts students from the DEGEST and SHOS doctoral schools in the Business Intelligence, Social Sciences and Information (LUSSI) and Social Sciences and Management (SSG) Departments
  • IMT Atlantique allows its doctoral students attached to the SPIGA doctoral school to obtain a double European "erasmus mondus" PhD, known as the EMJD SELECT programme.  Logo Select+.jpg