PhD degrees in France (Doctorat)
About 67,000 students are registered in Doctorat (PhD) courses in France, and every year, about 13,000 pass their degree. In France, the Doctorat course is largely open to international students, since 42% of Doctorat holders are not French.
Any holder of a Masters degree or an equivalent non-French degree may apply for a Doctorat course. Trainings usually lasts for 3 years with a maximum of 6 years and leads to a "Docteur" degree after a thesis defence.