Aerial view of Gondolas over the city and mountains

Over 30 Joint Doctoral Degrees have been developed through the strategic partnership to date, across diverse subject areas, including medicine, science, engineering and law.

Candidates spend 50% of their time in both Swansea and Grenoble and are jointly supervised by academic staff from both universities. Successful candidates receive a double degree from the Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes and Swansea University.

Student numbers have been growing steadily since the partnership started in 2013.

First graduating Grenoble-Swansea PhD student wins L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science award

The L’Oreal-UNESCO award will enable Caroline to continue her research studies

Caroline Bissardon in a lab

The first graduating joint Grenoble-Swansea PhD student, Caroline Bissardon, whose research was into the ‘Role of selenium in Articular cartilage Metabolism, Growth and Maturation’  was awarded the prestigious L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science award, which recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists across the globe and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research.

Caroline was the first candidate to complete her doctoral degree on the prestigious Grenoble –Swansea Joint PhD programme and reports that the joint PhD was a wonderful living and learning opportunity.

Working jointly in Swansea’s Centre of Nanohealth and UGA’s TIMC laboratory and Grenoble’s world-leading Synchrotron facility, the research covered a diverse multidisciplinary area, interfacing geology; biology; and biophysics, analysing the importance of selenium in cartilage health.  These research results will have wide-ranging world health benefits, as a causative link of selenium poor diets increasing the risk of developing chronic diseases.

Admissions: As this is a joint programme candidates will be required to satisfy the entry requirements of both institutions.

Fees: Candidates generally pay half fees to Swansea and half fees to Grenoble. Due to the differentiation in price between UK and French fees, this works out substantially less than Swansea’s usual fees for doctoral degrees.

Bursaries: A number of bursaries are available to cover both fees and maintenance. Calls for scholarships are made regularly. See for more information. 

At a glance:

  • First Joint PhD started in 2014.
  • Over 20 Current Joint PhD students.
  • Joint PhDs in multiple subject areas including Biosciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Human and Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Mathematics, Physics and Sports Science.
  • Over £675,000 awarded by Swansea University in bursaries to date.
  • Over €800,000 awarded by Grenoble in bursaries to date.
  • Cohort of new joint PhD students starting each year.
  • First graduating student won the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science award.