The PhD at IMT Atlantique


This is a 3-year project that allows you to discover different environments in terms of partners (companies, French and/or foreign academics) on a disciplinary or interdisciplinary subject. We offer theses with corporate partners, including CIFRES, with international academic partners, including COTUTELLES and more traditional theses.

Doctoral students are accompanied by scientists from the institution and the various partners in order to acquire high-level scientific and professional skills.

You will benefit from a diversified high-level environment linked to the IMT Atlantique's research collaborations and international agreements with academic partners and companies



Key figures for the doctorate

  • 300 PhD students
    16% in COTUTELLE and 20% in CIFRE
  • 56% international
    mainly from North Africa, Asia, Europe, North ant South America
  • 25% are women

Répartition par école doctorale

  • 75 graduates per year

Professional integration :

  • 40 - 45% in companiest 90% of which are permanent contratcs
  • 20% in academia as post-doc or lecturer
  • 20% in international careers for French PhDs 50% in international careers for international PhDs.

The doctoral program will help you with your professional project, for academic careers, in industry or in the innovation sector. In the case of a business start-up, the incubator takes over.

The Doctoral Schools support international mobility with international academic partners.

IMT Atlantique : 30 doctoral specialities


Note: If at least one semester has been spent in another member country of the European Community, you can obtain a European label in addition to your doctorate.

PhD degree

Diplôme de doctorat

Admission requirements and thesis offers


Tuition, fees and campus life