The UCLy doctoral college is headed by Michel YOUNÈS, also Deputy Director of the CONFLUENCE Sciences and Humanities Research Center (EA1598). It brings together all the doctoral students of the Catholic University of Lyon, from all faculties, to discuss an annual issue.
From January to June, five half-day seminars are run in turn by one or more researchers from a faculty cluster who tackle the chosen theme from the angle of their discipline.
Objectives of the doctoral college
- To offer, in a transversal way, a research experience to postgraduate students.
- To welcome external researchers within the framework of seminars: teacher-researchers and students from different disciplines compare their methodologies on a given topic.
- To constitute, at the University level, a sufficient "critical mass" of research (human resources) to enter into research networks.
This college integrates all the faculties of the University and interdisciplinary work, with the possibility of the work carried out being published in the Revue de l'Université Catholique de Lyon.
There are currently two centres for doctoral studies authorised to issue canonical doctorates, in close collaboration with the two ecclesiastical departments of Theology and Philosophy. It is possible to study for these doctorates partly at another university, either in France or abroad (joint supervision, cotutelle arrangements). The canonical doctorate status is recognised in accordance with the agreement between the French Republic and the Holy See on the recognition of higher education degrees.
The degree courses are made up of different types of learning and are mostly run by the centres for doctoral studies within the two ecclesiastical departments, which are responsible for the pedagogical and administrative support of doctoral students.
Methodology Week: a special feature of the
As well as the modules provided by the centres for doctoral studies, there is a Methodology Week run by the
College every year, open to all doctoral students to give them the tools they need for their thesis: defining the
research question, use of documentary research tools, information on the risks of plagiarism, writing a thesis,
publishing and promoting the research, etc. This week is a key part of the degree, dedicated to helping students
better report on their work and be better prepared for their future careers. Workshops adapted to the students’
stages of progress on their theses provide valuable time to interact with peers.
Cross-disciplinary seminars, lectures, conferences and colloquiums throughout the year are selected by the Doctoral College for its events programme. These events can be supplemented with other national and international possibilities depending on the research projects of individual students. A portfolio of the experience
and skills gained through the doctoral programme will enable students to capitalise on the different events they
take part in during the degree.
The Thesis Prize
Every year, the Doctoral College awards a prize of €3,000 for a thesis defended during the previous academic year. This ‘Doctoral College’s Thesis of the Year’ prize honours one thesis in its disciplines, following assessment by a panel of judges.
Thesis prize 2022
The secon thesis prize was awarded to the doctoral student Riccardo REZZESI who defended, under the direction of Emmanuel Gabellieri and Massimiliano Marianelli, his thesis in philosophy on "Philosophy "in action" and the humanities. The Lyon School of Social Catholicism: From Joseph Vialatoux to Jean Lacroix and François Perroux".
A few numbers
22 theses defended between 2016 and 2021
48 thesis published since 1991
64 doctoral students enrolled at UCLy in January 2021 : 33 in Theology and 31 in Philosophy
Its mission is to promote the research activities of the Confluence: Sciences and Humanities Research Center (EA 1598), and to report to the Research Vice-Rectorate, which is responsible for coordinating all research-related issues at UCLy.