Program Overview

École Polytechnique's Ingénieur Polytechnicien program is a unique degree with 3 years studying on campus to get a Master of Engineering, Science and Technology, and a 4th year that can be done on another campus and outside of France for a specialisation. At the end of the four years, the students obtain two master degrees and the final Diploma of École Polytechnique.

École Polytechnique ensures that students graduate with both an excellent scientific education and a strong multidisciplinary background. The curriculum focuses mainly on science, with classes in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Computer Science, Mechanics, but also includes a variety of other subjects like Foreign Languages, Sports, Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Literature.

In order to be accepted into the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program, applicants must pass an entrance examination involving two different steps: admissibility and admission.

Master's Degree
#1 Engineering Master's in France
Start: September
4 Years
Taught in French
In France

A Multidisciplinary Curriculum Grounded in Excellence

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Aside from a very demanding scientific curriculum, the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program sets itself apart from other top master’s degrees in science and technology by its well-rounded education, including:

  • Multidisciplinary scientific training providing students with a broad scientific base (basic sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, economics, etc.)
  • Human, military and sports training, allowing students to develop their behavioral and relational skills as well as humanities, languages and culture-oriented teaching
  • Specialized courses offering advanced expertise in Science, Technology and Engineering
  • Fluency in French, through intensive French language and culture lessons

This Master’s degree is the only one in which students can easily change their major and choose a specialization that is different from their undergraduate studies.

Students are pushed out of their comfort zone to try new subjects and discover new areas of science. Each year, students must choose very different scientific courses to help them make an educated decision when it is time to choose their own field and specialization.

Students are confronted with different ways of thinking and of approaching science through a variety of different courses (i.e. mandatory Quantum Mechanics and Neuro Science classes).

Mandatory soft skills and humanities courses are put at the forefront. Not only do our students take outstanding science classes, they are also able to benefit from many humanities and soft skills-based classes, to enrich their studies and enable them to gain valuable life and managerial skills.

With very different Master’s specializations available, our graduates have a wide array of top-level career options available both in the public and the private sector. One out of three students in the program continue with a PhD.

Research-Oriented Training

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The Ingénieur Polytechnicien curriculum is anchored in research. In order to provide its outstanding education, École Polytechnique relies on a world-class research center, where 23 laboratories are operated in cooperation with CNRS (the French National Center for Research), CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), INRIA (French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics), INSERM (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and several other institutions. Students have access to all our laboratories through the different projects, courses and research internships they are required to complete during their studies.

Personal Development

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Personal development is a key feature of education at École Polytechnique. Our objective is to instill students with the strong values and skills in communication, interpersonal relations and management that are essential for their future career. All students benefit from the guidance of our military staff. Ingénieur Polytechnicien students all have a development officer they can refer to for personal development activities, sports classes and non-academic matters. Read More

Hands-On Experience

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Mandatory company internships allow students to discover the corporate world.

Mandatory research internships help students to truly understand the research world, which is why more than 34% of graduates decide to pursue PhD study. With both real corporate and research experience, our students are able to make the right choice for their future career.

Sportsmanship and pushing your limits: All students must choose a sport and practice it during their studies. Whether you are already proficient or have never played it before, we will take you to the highest level you can reach. A strong sense of sporting ethics and sportsmanship are also a great advantage of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program.

An International Program

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Experiences abroad: Students have the opportunity to go abroad every year of the Program and are required to go abroad at least once throughout their studies. On average, students spend six months abroad.

French heritage: As the Program is taught in French, all non-French speakers go through intensive French language and culture courses before the official start of the year at the beginning of the Program. Mastering French, one of the global languages of our world, represents a great opportunity for our students.

New language: Science is an international language and with careers taking them to every corner of the globe, it is only natural that our students learn a foreign language during their studies.



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A Wide Variety of Career Paths

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The multidisciplinary curriculum allows our students to follow a wide array of careers as globally renowned scientists and researchers, and high-level managers and engineers, to name a few. Around 53% of our Ingénieur Polytechnicien students decide to enter the business world after graduation, 34% pursue a PhD, including some of the 15% who join a government body. With such a multitude of career paths, you will be able to connect with many other alumni from École Polytechnique working in all types of industries. This unique networking opportunity is also part of École Polytechnique’s DNA.

With more than 200 cooperation agreements with foreign institutions, our students have access to world-renowned universities for the fourth year of the program, including Peking University, National University in Singapore, Cambridge University, Technische Universität München, KTH, EPFL, Berkeley, Caltech, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, and many more.

Networking on a global scale

  • Team spirit and class spirit: You are a student of École Polytechnique, you are a member of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien program, you are part of a specific class, you belong in a specific sport section, you take part in several student clubs. The team spirit which our students develop is unparalleled and enables them to keep in touch with their fellow alumni for years. Once you are part of the École Polytechnique family, it does not stop after graduation. The values of sharing, helping and altruism taught here follow you for the many years to come.
  • A network for the rest of your life: École Polytechnique has close to 50 000 alumni network all over the globe. You will not only belong to this tightknit community during your studies, you will be a member of it for the rest of your life. Our alumni network, which spans over many different countries and fields of expertise, is extremely diverse.

Degrees awarded

Upon completing the three first years of the program, students earn the Engineering Degree of École Polytechnique (Master's Degree).

Once they have completed their fourth year, students are awarded the École Polytechnique Diploma.