This research usually takes place at one of the school’s research laboratories, or may be partly carried out at a private firm within the CIFRE framework (Conventions Industrielles de Formation par la Recherche). One or more thesis advisors supervise doctoral students' work, generally over a 3-year period. PhD students are enrolled in a doctoral school (école doctorale) which accompanies them throughout their education and research.
The PhD: A globally-recognized degree
ENSTA Bretagne is accredited to award PhD degrees and its labs provide research facilities for over 100 doctoral students. Along with other members of the Université Bretagne Loire network, it enrolls students in two Ecoles Doctorales:
Ecole Doctorale SPI: Engineering Sciences
ENSTA Bretagne's IRDL (Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme) PhD students are enrolled in ED SPI in the following fields:
• Energetics, heat science, combustion
• Fluid mechanics
• Mechanics of solids, structural materials and surfaces
Ecole Doctorale MathSTIC: Mathematics and ICST
ENSTA Bretagne's Lab-STICC (ICST lab) PhD students are enrolled in ED MathSTIC in the following fields:
• Automation, robotics
• Signals, imagery, telecommunications
ENSTA Bretagne's FoAP PhD students working in Human Science are enrolled in ED Abbé Grégoire at CNAM Paris.