Research > Research at Paris Diderot

State-of-the-art research
on both a European and world scale


University research is an essential element of the national research system.
Research at university is based on the concept of "mixed research units", the university's research lecturers and  researchers from large state organisations working together. These organisations include the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS), the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale - INSERM), the French Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique - CEA) and other mixed research units (Unités Mixtes de Recherche - UMR).
92 research teams
most of which have links to major research institutions:
42 in partnership with CNRS
25 in partnership with INSERM
1 in partnership with CEA
2,000 researchers
1,400 teaching & research staff
550 administrative and technical staff working in research
2,300 doctoral students
350 theses per year,
80 research accreditations (Habilitations à Diriger des Recherches - HDR)
23 doctoral schools
28 Masters programmes
At Paris Diderot, research is carried out in laboratories operating in the three main sectors. (Medicine/Sciences/Arts, Humanities & the Social Sciences). While there is a high level of specialization within each discipline, what makes Paris Diderot unique is the way it encourages innovative interdisciplinary research.


The Health Sector research teams are located on the university’s hospital sites, in the north of Paris. The main sites being Saint-Louis, Lariboisière, Bichat, Beaujon and Robert-Debré. These sites have ‘pure’ research teams, which are principally linked to INSERM but some of them also have links with the CNRS and the CEA. They also have clinical research teams linked to Paris’s public hospital system, the AP-HP (Assistance Publique- Hôpitaux de Paris).

The Science sector teams are mainly linked to the CNRS but some also work with INSERM or the CEA. One of the Science sector’s unique features is the large number of teams that also work with other universities or institutions such as Paris Descartes (Paris 5), Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), Paris Sud (Paris 11), Paris Est (Paris 12), the Ecole normale supérieure Paris (ENS), the Ecole supérieure de Physique et de Chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI) and the Observatoire de Paris. Some of these teams are located on the sites of these institutions. The main disciplines worked on by these teams are Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Sciences, with work on the latter being done in close partnership with the Paris Institute of Geophysics (Institut de physique du Globe de Paris - IPGP).

Arts, Humanities & the Social Sciences
The teams from the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences sector are linked to the CNRS, the French Institute for research & development (Institut de recherche pour le développement - IRD) and the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique – INRIA), institutions. Some are also linked to other universities/ institutions like Paris Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris 1), Paris Sorbonne (Paris 4), Paris Ouest (Paris 10), the Ecole normale supérieure Paris (ENS), the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), the Collège de France and the French National Institute of Languages and Oriental Civilisations (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales - INALCO). The main disciplines represented are Literature (French, Critical Theory), the Arts (visual culture, cinema), Languages and foreign civilisations (English, American, Chinese, Korean, French as a foreign language, Japanese, Vietnamese), Linguistics, History and Philosophy of Science, Clinical Psychology, Sociology, Geography and History.
The implementation of the university’s research policy relies on high-level doctoral training, organised through an institute representing doctoral schools, the Institut des Ecoles Doctorales, as well as on a network of rapidly growing documentation centres and specific initiatives aimed at making the most of scientific information, by publishing it and making it available to a wider audience.