The Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management (ECOSEM) Master's is a two-year program, entirely taught in English and designed for top-performing students. The course aims to train future project managers to tackle a wide variety of environmental challenges.
The Program provides students with real-world technical expertise on environmental issues, including soil and water pollution diagnosis, and treatment and valorization processes, as well as in-depth understanding of the economic and social challenges surrounding their development. The course's technical and management classes also cover international regulations and ethical issues.
ECOSEM is involved in a number of valuable industrial partnerships, and offers opportunities for internships and international academic exchanges.
The Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management (ECOSEM) Master's Program aims to produce project managers who are able to tackle a wide variety of environmental challenges, such as industrial discharge control, chemical and biological approaches to pollution diagnosis, water and soil treatment, and waste valorization. The Program also covers new concepts such as life cycle assessment, eco-design, omics sciences, numerical simulation and modeling.
While most master's courses devoted to environmental issues only provide students with technical skills, ECOSEM also prepares you for managing positions. All the professors in the Program work to help students become both technically skilled and job ready by the end of the two years. Throughout the Master's Program, students have the opportunity to go on a number of field trips and company visits. They also get to put their skills into practice during two internships:
- The first internship takes place at the end of Year 1 and lasts four months. During this period, students must work on a scientific project.
- The second internship takes place at the end of the Program and lasts five to six months. Students have the choice between completing either a scientific or managerial project.
Today more than ever, the precautionary principle and the emerging related standards create an ever-increasing and permanent need for professionals with strong skills in environment management within the corporate, research and public sectors.
The considerable implication of industrial partners and environmental agencies in this degree help provide such skills and ensure employability in many lines of business.
Our graduates are ideally suited to put their technical know-how and managerial expertise to use, in the implementation of environmental policies for leading manufacturers, innovative start-ups, public organizations and governmental agencies.
Industry: During the two-year program, you will have a wide range of opportunities to build relationships with École Polytechnique’s local and international industrial and research partners. The management skills you acquire will be a significant asset in your career progression.
Research: The ECOSEM Program may also be a gateway to a research career, with our proximity to numerous research institutions, providing an ideal platform to pursue a PhD with funding from our industrial or academic partners.
International: For the internationally focused, the perspectives offered by the ECOSEM Master's Degree naturally carry over to career opportunities around the world. Our international partnerships in industry and research sectors provide you with the perfect platform from which to launch your global career.
The Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management Master's Program has developped valuable partnerships with various industrial and academic institutions.
Our students regularly attend keynote talks and participate in field trips at our partner companies.
ADEME: Agency active in the implementation of public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development.
AgroParisTech: A higher education and research institute aiming at addressing some of the main global challenges of the 21st century.
BRGM: France’s reference public institution for Earth Science applications in the management of surface and subsurface resources and risks.
CEA: The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission.
Ecole des Mines: Higher education institution in engineering.
IFREMER: An oceanographic institution in France.
INRA: A French public research institute dedicated to agricultural science.
IRSTEA: A public research institute focusing on land management issues, such as water resources and agricultural technology.
Arcadis: Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets.
Eaux de Paris: Publicly owned company responsible for the public water supply and waste water collection for the city of Paris.
EDF: A global leader in low-carbon energy, this group covers every sector of expertise, from generation to trading and transmission grids.
INERIS: An industrial and commercial public establishment under the aegis of the Ministry of the Environment.
Saur: A group which goal is to optimize the management and operations of water resources, treat wastewater, recover and recycle waste, and manage leisure facilities and local heritage.
Suez: A French-based utility company which operates largely in the water treatment and waste management sectors.
Veolia: A French transnational company with activities in three main service and utility areas traditionally managed by public authorities – water management, waste management and energy services.
Tuition fees are €12,000 per academic year.
The Housing Office helps students apply for the French National Housing Benefit "CAF". Students usually receive financial aid of €150-200 per month.
All our students receive the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) automatically and free of charge. This gives them access to preferential and discounted rates for over 150,000 products, services and experiences, relevant to all aspects of student life.
Additional scholarship opportunities can be found on the CampusFrance website (e.g. French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development for international students). Please note that French "CROUS" scholarships are not compatible with this degree.