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Paris Descartes University

With its nine Training and research departments (UFR) and its Institute of Technology (IUT), Paris Descartes University encompasses all the fields of knowledge of human and health sciences. Its health department is renowned in Europe and in the whole world for the high quality of its training and the excellence of its research.

PhD Programmes



In 1971, René Descartes - Paris V University was created as a result of the reform of the University of Paris, whose Faculties of medicine, pharmacy, humanities, sciences and law were split and divided into 8 universities located in Paris.


Paris Descartes University offers training courses in all the important fields of knowledge. This multidisciplinarity allows PDU to offer competitive career-oriented courses and guarantees research excellence.  It is the only university of the Ile-de-France region to offer medical, pharmaceutical and odontological studies;


Research at PDU revolves around various scientific issues. It is conducted by more than 4,000 persons affiliated to 85 laboratories, which more particularly interact within federative (Federative Institutes of Research) or multidisciplinary structures (Paris Descartes University Institutes, top thematic focuses). Strategic tools (platforms) are made available to researchers. Research strategy policies are determined by the Scientific Board and implemented by the relevant administrative departments.


SOFIP is the ideal contact for you in the university if you want to:

  • Gather and advertise internship, apprenticeship, or job offers 
  • Help the university assist students towards their future career by developing valuable professional skills throughout their curriculum
  • Set up partnerships working towards professional integration, and enable exchanges between yourselves and students, alumni, and academic staff;
  • SOFIP is also there to help you discover the courses offered by the university.
  • Finally, the service is involved in the study and analysis of the professional integration of the university’s graduates, and of the situation of its current students in their ongoing curriculum.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

At the University head office, the Board of Studies and University Life serves as the main reception desk for students.

This is especially the case for the Student Help Service which includes the Student Reception Desk. It is a one-stop service centre which deals with different aspects of student life.

Library services

Paris Descartes University houses :

  • a Common Documentation Center made of 11 separate libraries
  • the BIUS Santé , an Inter-University Science Library that comprises two main sites: Odéon Center - documents related to the fields of medicine and odontology, and Avenue de l’Observatoire - documents related to the fields of pharmacy, biology and cosmetology.
  • an online remote access documentation service

ICT services

As a student, the University provides you with an Intranet account and an e-mail address upon registration.

Medical services

The inter-university department of Medicine for the prevention and promotion of health (SIUMPPS) is in charge of students’ health.

Students benefit from a special social security regime under certain conditions.

They can also subscribe to a mutual health insurance.

Student Life

Campus life

Paris Descartes University owns 50 acres of buildings, some of which are both prestigious and listed buildings such as la Sorbonne and the headquarters of the University, on 12 rue de l’École de medecine, in the 6th arrondissement, formerly the Royal College of Surgery.

Sports facilities

The University offers about forty sport activities! In the programme you will find for instance: football, handball, athletics, tennis, judo, fencing, climbing, and mountain biking or yoga!

Three levels of practice:

  • Beginners
  • Advanced
  • Competition

Student clubs

You wish to enjoy your student life to the full, set up a project, and play a part in the student or local community associations?

The Students’ Help Desk facilitates your initiatives. You can benefit from financial help to set up a project or even have your involvement in associative life validated within an optional course, which will be taken into account as part of your university studies!

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