Admission criteria

Recruitment of PhD students 

1. Recruitment of PhD students is opened for 02 waves per year (January and July of each year).

2. Recruitment of PhD students is processed through a two steps process: (i) screening of application package and (ii) admission interview.

Qualifications required for applicants


- Applicant hold a Master degree in the field of application or a field relevant to the field of application;


- Applicant hold a Bachelor degree in the field of application or a field relevant to the field of application, with the excellent grade (GPA from 9.0/10 onwards);

- Author of 01 scientific publication or scientific report in the related field, published in the scientific journal or conference proceedings with oral presentation within 03 years (36 months) counting to the registration date.

Outline of the research proposal:

The research proposal must includes following informations :

  • Topic or field of research
  •  Reason for the choice of the topic or field of research
  •   Overview of the research related to the topic or field of research
  • Target of the research
  •  Implemention plan for each period of training
  • Experience, knowledge, understanding and preparations of applicants for the intended topic or field of research
  • Expected conditions for the laboratory and the research funding
  • Expected results
  • Intended plan for working after graduation
  •  Proposal on supervisors


The PhD thesis topic has to be signed and certified by the proposed surpervisors.

Candidate are encougaged to choose the thesis subject and supervisors in the proposed list of USTH. The list is regularly updated by the USTH Doctoral School at: 

In case the candidate proposes the PhD topic and the tentative supervisors, the USTH DoS will assist to the candidate to contact the supervisors or suitable thesis topic and to complet the application dossier. The USTH DoS Scientific committee will take the final decision on the proposed thesis topic or proposed thesis supervisor.


- Maximum 2 scientsts: 1 Vietnamese supervisor and 1 foreign supervisor (who are working in Vietnam, in France or in other countries) and at least 01 scientist should be USTH faculty or French visiting scientist working at USTH-laboratories or USTH-associated laboratories in Vietnam.

- Holding a PhD diploma and having at least 03 years of working experience after PhD graduation; having been or being a principal supervisor of the scientific and technology tasks at different levels; being the principal author of at least one article or scientific publication in a journal in the list of ISI Thomson Reuters or Scopus – Elsevier database or at least preparing one book chapter for reference with the ISBN international standard code issued by foreign publishers; or being the principal author of at least 02 papers published in the international peer-review in an international conference, or 02 papers or scientific publications published on a foreign scientific journal in the relevant fields of the thesis topic of the PhD student.

- Be recognized as enough qualified to be supervisor by the USTH Doctoral School scientific committee*.

* The USTH Doctoral School Scientific committee will evaluate the supervisor based on their research result and their international publications within 03 years.

Foreign language requirement

- Applicants, who have the full time Bachelor and/or Master degrees abroad and whose study language is English, shall be exempted from providing foreign language certificates.

- Valid English certificates TOEFL iBT 45 and above or IELTS 5.0 and above delivered by an certified international and Vietnamese examination organization within 2 years (24 months) counting from the application date.

Others conditions

- Having a cleat personal history, not exposed to penal liability;

- Having good health for the study;

- Having at least 2 recommendation letters from 2 scientists having the specialty similar as the specialty of applicant. This person must have at least 6 months of working with the applicant.

Please click here for the admission information for the wave intake 2017