Program Overview

The Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM) Master is a two-year program, entirely taught in English, geared towards aspiring leaders of the energy transition for the benefit of top manufacturers, innovative start-ups and public organizations.

This Program offers you real-world technical expertise in environmental issues and renewable energy sources, as well as in-depth understanding of the economic, social and geopolitical challenges surrounding their development.

At École Polytechnique, we are committed to delivering an education that emphasizes excellence in the applied sciences, while providing a comprehensive understanding of their industrial, economic and social context.

Master Degree
2 Years
Taught in English
In France
140 ECTS
Picto-PROGRAM-carte bleue
€14,900 Per Year

High-Level Teaching and Research Facilities

For two years, the STEEM Master students are supported by world-class professors and staff. All throughout your Master’s, you will learn from renowned École Polytechnique professors and professionals from the world of industry. You will also work regularly at the laboratories of l’X.

Graduation STEEM

Our holistic approach includes a strong management component, taught by professors from our partner business school HEC, to ensure you are ready to tackle the business and organizational challenges of this rapidly evolving sector. Part of your technical training will also be delivered by ENSTA ParisTech professors researching cutting-edge energy engineering solutions.
Alongside your coursework and research, you will receive expert insight via a series of master classes, where leading industry and regulatory figures will outline their strategy for navigating the energy landscape in the 21st century.

On the École Polytechnique campus and within the Plateau de Saclay business and research cluster, you will have access to an exceptional concentration of high-level research facilities.

Program Structure

The STEEM Program emphasizes hands-on, experience-based learning by inviting you into the worlds of research and industry.

Each year is divided into three terms: two terms of classes and one dedicated to the internship.

The first year of the program provides a solid scientific basis on topics relevant to renewable energy sources and the environment. During this year, students attend seven scientific courses, one management course, and have to work on one numerical project. The year ends with a research or industrial internship lasting 16 to 20 weeks.

During the second year, students further explore the links between renewable energies and the environment in much moredepth, as well as the impact on the economy. They have to take six scientific classes, one management class, and work on one management project. An other research or industrial internship takes place at the end of this year, and lasts 20 to 24 weeks.

Across both years, the STEEM Master students also take foreign language classes, Humanities and French Culture classes, and practise Sports at least once a week. In addition, they have the opportunity to attend the regular Coriolis Conferences.

Fluid Mechanics
MSCT students

Career Prospects

With high-value industrial partnerships, internships and international academic exchanges, the Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management Master Program is designed to ensure you are ready to take on the new professional world upon graduation.

As evidenced by the considerable amount of industry support for this degree, the skills you will acquire are increasingly in high demand across corporate, research and public sectors. The COP21 alone resulted in commitments from 195 countries to submit an assessment of their renewable energy capacities, along with a timeline for their transition to a low-carbon or carbon-free society.

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.

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.

The STEEM program is also 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.

For the internationally focused, the perspectives offered by the STEEM Master's Degree naturally carry over to career opportunities around the world. Our international partnerships in energy, environment, industry and research sectors provide you with the perfect platform from which to launch your global career.

The combination of science and management in this program will give you a whole new view on the world of engineering and commerce !

Benyamin Bidabad


Industrial Partners

EDF: EDF R&D research center, a unique research environment on renewable energy sources, intermittency and smart grid management.

General Electric:the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive

Total Eren: Total Eren is the subsidiary dedicated to renewable energy of Eren Groupe, the first group dedicated to natural resource efficiency.

Famae: an independent family foundation that supports innovation in the field of environnement.

nam.R: a company using data as the raw material to fuel radical new forms of value creation.

VINCI-Actemium : Develops solutions and services to optimize its customers' production tools and guide them in accelerating their energy transition.

Research Partners

The Institut Photovoltaïque d'Ile-de-France (IPVF): The Paris-Region Photovoltaic Institute, a partnership between École Polytechnique, CNRS and global industry leaders such as Total and EDF.

The Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL): Environmental science research network, with strong ties to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and its on-site Sirta observatory.

Ecole Polytechnique and Paris-Saclay campus research laboratories, start-ups, business incubator, fablab and experimental facilities.

Academic Partners

EIT InnoEnergy

The European EIT InnoEnergy Consortium : The STEEM program is part of the EIT InnoEnergy Consortium and its Master’s in Renewable Energy program. This programme is offered in cooperation with Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain). Students from EIT InnoEnergy spend their first or second year at École Polytechnique.

Visit Master’s in Renewable Energy for more details.


Each year, scholarships are awarded to the best candidates by the industrial partners of STEEM (TOTAL, EDF, Schneider Electric, Saint Gobain, etc.). They can take the form of:

  • Full tuition fee waiver
  • Full tuition fee waiver and stipend (covering living expenses)

To be eligible for these scholarships, you must have a low income and an excellent academic record.  When submitting their application, students must justify their request for a scholarship. 

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.