Your Thesis at Montpellier SupAgro

Starting a Ph.D is the final step to combining academic knowledge & research. Giving graduate students the opportunity to be innovative & creative for research, holding a Ph.D will be a springboard to many professional careers that require high technology and complex management skills at an international level.

Montpellier SupAgro, as the National Instititute for Higher Education in Agricultural Sciences, delivers the doctorate Ph.D. diploma (Arrêté du 7 août 2006) in areas of scientific research, in joint accreditation with 3 doctorate schools, offering an excellent environment to obtain the Ph.D. The partnerships with INRA, CIRAD, IRD, IRSTEA research institutes and Montpellier Universities in the Joint Research Units gives the opportunity to benefit from the highest technologies with state of the art equipped laboratories and exceptional academic staff to work closely with

There are several fields of research to choose from within the 3 Doctorate Schools:

GAIA ED584 Biodiversity, Agriculture, Food, Environment,Earth & Water,

   EDEG ED231 Economics and Management
 TTSD (associated) ED60 Territories, Timescales, Society & Development


Extra Training Courses

Montpellier SupAgro aims to offer students a whole new level of mentoring and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration through training programs geared toward broadening scientific and professional knowledge, in partnership with Montpellier Universities:

  • Montpellier SupAgro offers French language courses (FLE) throughout the year as well as a Summer Course, 'Agri-Cultures' in July-August which includes four weeks of intensive French courses and cultural & agricultural activities with visits to local businesses. This is followed by a three week individual internship on a French family farm.
  • Training courses are also organized by the Collège Doctoral Université Sud de France

  • PhDs’Union: ADUM

Conditions for registration on a Ph. D. course

Candidates must have been granted a Master or European Master's Degree or equivalent in the discipline chosen for the Ph.D. in the four years preceding the application.

In order to grant an exemption for applicants not holding one of these diplomas if they MUST establish an equivalent level of education, including a research paper, and / or scientific publications in refered reviews or journals.

Prior to applying, you must:

  • Receive a favorable opinion from your hosting lab PhD mentor and the Director.
  • Have an agreed Thesis topic to submit (in collaboration with your PhD mentor)
  • Have proper funding to cover the duration of your Ph.D. (3 years)

Procedures on How to Apply >>

Career Prospects

99% of young Doctors of Philosophy find a position in public, Post-Doc and private sectors straight after graduation

Useful Information

Find out here how you can find Funding for your Thesis.

If you are planning on joint doctorate supervision, please read this page.

Whether it’s your first, second, third or fourth year in the Ph.D, you have to follow the registration procedures, please go to Fees & How to Apply for further instructions.

Last update : 05/09/2016