Mandatory courses

Mandatory courses during the PhD


Your PhD includes mandatory courses. They are described on a specific site at: cours doctoraux /.

  • You must validate these courses on your ADUM account, and modify your "Plan de formation" accordingly.
  • There is a mandatory course on ethics
  • During your thesis, you must follow 90h of courses. This must include a thematic school which accounts for 30h.
  • You you are teaching during your PhD, this may account for 30h too.

You may ask a small financial support to the ED.

Other possibilities

Each ComUE proposes its own generalist courses. See their web sites:


  • Each year, PhD students organize in conference known as "Elbereth".
  • Every two years or so the doctoral school organizes a thematic school. The last one was on GAIA in March 2018.

Doctoral Courses


  • December 8th: Congratulations to Camille Gennet (AIM) and Eduardo Vitral (IAP) elected PhD student representatives for two years. Great thanks to Nicolas Dagoneau and Elena Bellomi for their service to the doctoral school.
  • December 4th: The 2020 Elbereth conference will take place on February 26th-18th at IAP.
  • November 25th: The PhD advisors are invited to submit their PhD projects from their ADUM account before February 2nd.
  • October 11th: Congratulations to Océane Barraud and Nicolas Oudart, first and second prize of the contest my thesis in 5 minutes from the French Association for Astronomy
  • October 4th, 2019: Kick-off for the 2019-2020 year of the doctoral school in Meudon Observatory. Foreign students are expected at 10am for a special meeting. General meeting at 2pm.
  • September 1st, 2019: Registration at PSL University are now done online only. PhD students must fill in their registration on ADUM, PhD advisors and Lab Heads validate on ADUM only. No more papers to be signed.