The HDR certification

An academic research certification (HDR) or accreditation, is a recognition of the high scientific level, their capacity to control and direct research strategies. UTC is empowered to deliver the HDR.

Preparing for an ‘HDR’ certification

Preparation for an 'HDR' certification (to act as Thesis supervisor) comprises 3 phases:

  • lodging an HDR application with the UTC Doctoral School
  • an assessment of the application by the Scientific Advisory Council of the university followed by a decision of the President to authorize or not registration of the applicant 

Applicants must be holders of:

  • a PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree)
  • a diploma awarded for research work or experience deemed equivalent to a PhD

The requests for registration are assessed by the President and after advice of the scientific council, approves or disapproved the registration.

Authorization to present the thesis to the Jury is given by the President after receiving advice from 3 assessors, 2 of whom have the HDR certification to supervise PhD work. Two of the assessors should not be members of the academic staff and must not have co-signed a scientific publication.

The Jury is composed of at least 5 members chosen among the academic staff, each with the HDR certification, directors and senior research scientists at public research establishments and, at least half of the members who are French or foreign personalities who are external to UTC and recognized experts in the field of the thesis.


Head of doctoral school
Christine Prelle
Phone : 03 44 23 52 86 | Contact by email

Chargée des dossiers HDR
Julie Jarek
Phone : 03 44 23 44 71 | Contact by email

Fiche HDR



Demande d'inscription HDR