Doctoral Thesis

The thesis is a 3 year individual research project, the primary objective of which is to broaden knowledge in a given scientific field. It is carried out under the supervision of a professor, the thesis supervisor, in ENSAIT’s research laboratory. 


The PhD student works on an innovation project for 36 months following their Master of Research Degree. The student is given scientific guidance from a member of the GEMTEX Laboratory (ENSAIT’s laboratory) when carrying out their work and also benefits from the institution’s cutting edge technologies. The student is a business employee and receives an employment contract. Monitoring is performed regularly by both the thesis supervisor and the industrial manager.  


Information on public funding for the employment of recent PhD students is available at:


Further information related to the work of ENSAIT’s research laboratory, GEMTEX, is available at:


Finally, ENSAIT is the project leader for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program, entitled SMDTex – For further information visit


Hear from a former student  



Adrienne Lecas, engineer at ENSAIT, class of 2010, PhD in Materials Engineering in 2013 



"During my training at ENSAIT, I specialised in technical textiles and advanced materials. I completed my final year project at AIRCELLE (Safran Group), I continued this collaboration with the Safran Group through my three year doctoral thesis on the design of composite structures for the aircraft industry. Today, I work for the Safran Group." 


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