Doctoral College

Doctoral study cycles

The UCLy doctoral college is headed by Michel YOUNES, also Deputy Director of the "Confluence Sciences and Humanities" Research Unit. 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.

Topics studied

  • 2017- 2 018: Boundaries
  • 2016 - 2017: Conflict
  • 2015 - 2016: Heredity, inheritance, transmission
  • 2014 - 2015: The Intercultural

Doctoral students from the Confluence Sciences & Humanities Research Unit

All doctoral students at the CONFLUENCE Sciences & Humanities RU are grouped together in the Doctoral College which, as of 1 January 2020, brings together 59 doctoral students preparing 62 theses (33 in theology and 29 in philosophy, including 3 doctoral students preparing a thesis in theology and philosophy simultaneously), placed under the responsibility of 23 thesis supervisors.

The Doctoral College is supported by the research clusters of the Confluence Sciences and Humanities RU. Doctoral students can register in one of these clusters, depending on their field of specialisation.

Doctoral students prepare canonical doctorates in theology and religious sciences, as well as in philosophy, issued in the name of the Holy See (signatory of the Bologna agreements) by UCLy within the framework of its ecclesiastical faculties.