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PhD programs

DS4H integrates UCA doctoral schools in ICT (ED-STIC) and Law, Political Science, Economics and Management (ED-DESPEG) into its governing bodies.

It delivers PhDs in :

  • Computer Science
  • Automatic, Signal and Image Processing
  • Electronics
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Management

Located at the heart of Sophia Antipolis - the biggest science park in Europe - DS4H takes support from the local high-level research laboratories (Inria Méditerranée Research Center, CNRS I3S, CNRS LEAT, Mines ParisTech CMA, Polytech'Lab, GREDEG)  and local high-tech firms.
About 270 PhD students are registered to doctoral schools affiliated to DS4H under the supervision of more than 200 habilitated Professors.

Why doing a PhD within DS4H?

As a doctoral student at Université Côte d'Azur, you will be provided with a very high-quality hosting environment:

  • Excellent research environment including international-renowned laboratories with long-standing practices for leading doctoral projects.
  • Lab/industry cross-fertilization in Nice-Sophia Antipolis, the fast-paced European largest technopark.
  • Interdisciplinary research options as cross-domain vision lies at the heart of the Digital Systems for Humans Graduate school project.
  • PhD support programs: DocWalker (mobility) and Icare (conference travel and equipment).
  • Optional courses to open to new domains (no prerequisites needed): Digital Business with SKEMA business school, Entrepreneurship, Digital IP & Law, Smart EdTechs...
  • Job'Action workshops to help boosting your career and employment.
  • Individual support from Université Côte d'Azur Welcome Center and Center for Doctoral Studies (housing, administrative procedures, child-care solutions, newcomers meetups...).
  • Active Student association DS4H ADAMS (Digital Systems for Humans Association of Doctoral and Master’s Students): academic and unifying events, after school peer learning meetings, parties…
  • ... and the world-envied French Riviera quality of life!


> Read more about PhD admission process

After the PhD

The PhD is a universally world recognized diploma which opens the door to international industrial and academics careers. In a field where employment is highly favorable, our doctors easily get jobs in France and all over the world.

> Read more about Doctoral Research at Université Côte d'Azur