Educational program

The PPU program prepares students for an exciting and competitive career in research science, through the development of a research project, the participation to academic courses, and professional development trainings. The requested duration for a PhD in France is three years.


The PPU program has its primary foundations based on scientific research. Students benefit from the highest training in conducting state of the art research by mentorship, active planning and execution, and discussion of results with their Ph.D advisors and other world renowned scientists. A very dense scheduling of lectures and seminars by leading scientists, as well as congresses and workshops, are also part of the exposure to ideas and data that students will benefit on campus.



Students are responsible for attending a specified number of courses dedicated to fundamental biological concepts and public health. The course work fulfils requirements set forth by the universities, usually one to two weeks per year. Multiple theoretical and practical courses are available at Institut Pasteur Teaching center, in Parisian universities, and at the Institut Curie. Students have their choice of courses to take, based on their personal backgrounds, interests and topics of research, in accordance with their host laboratory.


Students will also benefit technical trainings by members of core facilities. Furthermore, working at the Institut Pasteur provides students with the opportunity to attend some of the many cutting-edge scientific seminars and participate in on-site symposia. Students are also encouraged to apply at international workshops and conferences, for which the PPU program will offer monetary support.



Complementing academic trainings and in addition to hands-on laboratory training, the PPU program requires attendance at several professional development training courses to enhance the student skills:


  • Oral presentation workshop: To teach how to communicate their results and ideas effectively (identifying the key message, planning and preparation, presentation design, confident delivery and fear management, giving/receiving feedback). 
    During the II° year: four classes lasting 4 hours each.

  • Journal Club: To enhance the educational experience of participants and the assimilation of scientific evidences (learning how to critically evaluate a study, reflecting upon results and draw conclusions, understanding peer review, identifying innovation and advancement, learning how to project follow-up studies.(Journal Club)
    During the I° year: 1 x month.


  • Scientific Ethics Training courses: To learn about and discuss various ethical aspects of being a scientist (learning ethical standards in research & science, the role of a scientist in today’s society, the available resources at the Institut Pasteur in case problems arise).
    During the I° year: One mini-workshop with three presentations (half a day) + three group discussion sessions of one hour each.


  • French language courses: two-hour sessions per week, on campus.
    During the I° year.
  • To learn how to organize a symposium, students of the II° year are in charge of the organization of the annual retreat for all PPU students, under the guidance of the PPU Graduate Office members.


  • Institut Pasteur international network workshop: to be informed about the main missions of the Institut Pasteur and facilitate the creation of student personal network.
    During the III° year: half a day.


Various other training sessions are available at the Institut Pasteur, the Universities in Paris, and the Institut Curie.



A thesis advisory committee (TAC) follows the students’ research progress, offering guidance as needed in addition to that provided by the laboratory in which the student is working.



The PPU program staff is fully committed to building a strong network within each incoming class of students, and between all of students in the program as a whole as well as with students and scientists of the campus. For that purpose, informal meetings (3 per year) are organize to give the students a chance to discuss with the members of the PPU Program Committee and PPU office on individual questions and challenges or unforeseen difficulties encountered.




The students of the 2nd year are responsible for the organization of the PPU annual retreat, in collaboration with members of the graduate office. The retreat lasts three days and takes place at a rotating location outside of Paris (in very nice settings). The Ph.D. advisors and faculty members are invited and students are encouraged to invite a few scientists who are experts on the topic of the chosen theme of the year to present keynote lectures.


One presentation is dedicated to the scientist who gave his/her name to the 1st year class. In addition, all students are expected to present their projects and/or their results, making this retreat a truly interdisciplinary symposium. Furthermore, students discuss their research progresses with scientists both from within and outside of the Institut Pasteur. The goal is also to reinforce the networking among students and with other scientists.




The rights and responsibilities of students in the Pasteur-Paris University International Doctoral Program are described in the Charter of Doctoral Training, which all students, their advisors and the heads of their laboratories are required to sign before beginning work.  Download here.


Calendar of special events










1st year

Orientation day

Journal Club


Ethics Workshop

Journal Club

1st TAC

Journal Club


 Journal Club


Journal Club


 Journal Club

2nd year


Oral Presentation for Seminars and Congresses workshop

 2nd TAC






3rd year



3rd TAC


Global Health & Institut Pasteur International Network Workshop



Ph.D. Defense



Mis à jour le 02/09/2016