Program Overview

École Polytechnique offers a five-year program designed for outstanding students of all nationalities. The Program involves a combination of an MSc (2 years) and a PhD (3 years).

Starting from the first year of the program, students work closely with academic tutors who will oversee their progress and help customize their training with regards to their own interests and goals. Affiliation to École polytechnique is required during most of the program.

Picto-PROGRAM-Diplome
Doctorate
Picto-PROGRAM-duree
Five Years
Picto-PROGRAM-Multidisciplinary
MSc over Two Years
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PhD over Three Years
Picto-PROGRAM-Start
September 2019
Picto-PROGRAM-Location
In France

Program Structure

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Research

The first two years of the Program are based on a custom selection of taught modules and lab experience, giving students the tools required to continue with a challenging three-year long-term research project, leading ultimately to a PhD degree.

While the Program is rather demanding, students have the flexibility to define their own goals and research interests within their chosen discipline during the first two years.

Students may also have the possibility to start the PhD Program in the second year of the MSc (4-year PhD program). In either case, progression to PhD study requires successful completion of the MSc.

Years 1 and 2 (MSc)

  • At the end of the fall term students are required to submit a mid-year progress report and, with their tutor, define a research project and choose a lab and a team.
  • A progress meeting and discussion of the study plan are held at the end of each year. Students may leave the PhD Program after Years 1 or 2 for personal or academic reasons; in this latter case, they may complete the Master's Program.
  • Students are expected to complete an intensive research internship at the end of Years 1 and 2 of the Program.
     

Years 3 to 5 (PhD)

  • During this period, at least one year must be spent teaching, participating in a scientific outreach program or consulting for industry.
  • There are annual progress reports at the end of Years 3 and 4, plus a provisional timeline for Year 5 drawn up at the end of Year 4.
  • Students complete a written dissertation demonstrating the results of original research that meet the requirements for a PhD.
  • Students must also successfully complete an oral defense of their PhD research.
     

Areas of Research

Students involved in the PhD Program benefit from the attention and expertise of renowned experts in the following areas of research:

Applied Mathematics

- Partial Differential Equations
- Stochastic Dynamics

- Interacting Particles

- Numerical Analysis and Numerical Probability

- Statistical Learning and Computational Statistics

- Optimal Control and Differential Games

- Automatics and Robotics

- Inverse Problems

- Applications in Mechanics and Physics
- Evolution and Population Dynamics

- Biology

- Economics
- Finance

- Shape Optimization

- Signal and Image Analysis

- Data Science

Biology

- Biology and Interfaces

Chemistry

- Molecular Chemistry
- Chemistry of Materials

Computer Science

- Algorithms
- Complexity
- Combinatorics
- Constraints and Optimization
- Bioinformatics
- Concurrent and Distributed Systems
- Security and Networks
- Control (Hybrid) and Cyberphysical Systems
- Symbolic Computation
- Proofs and Types
- Verification

Economics

- Microeconomics
- Macroeconomics
- Econometrics
- Financial Economics
- Economic Theory
- Experimental Economics
- Behavioral Economics
- Game Theory
- Industrial Organization
- International Trade
- Spatial Economics
- Public Economics
- Public Finance
- Labor Economics

Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Humanities and Social Sciences

- History of Science and Technology
- Business and Corporate History
- Political Science
- Ethics and Philosophy
- Literature and Science
- Cultures and Globalization

Mechanics

- Fluid and Solid Mechanics
- Environmental and Geophysical Science
- Bio-mechanics

Physics

- Physics of the Two Infinities
- High-energy Physics
- Optics, Lasers, and Plasmas
- Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Information, and Communications
- Condensed Matter

- Materials
- Energy

Pure Mathematics

- Algebra and Number Theory
- Analysis and Partial Differential Equations
- Geometry and Dynamical Systems

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Costs and Funding

Years 1 and 2 (MSc)

  • Annual registration fees: €256 (rate applicable in 2017-18)
  • Annual compulsory social security fees: €217 (rate applicable in 2017-18)

An annual scholarship of 8,000 minimum, funded by the “École Polytechnique Foundation”, may be granted to the best applicants.

Years 3 to 5 (PhD)

  • Successful applicants will obtain a three-year PhD scholarship with a minimum monthly gross salary of €1,750 (rate applicable in 2017-18).
  • Annual registration fees: €391 (rate applicable in 2017-18)

Entry Requirements

Academic ability: Applicants are chosen according to the excellence of their academic qualifications (Licence, bachelor's or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline.

During the first two years of the program, students hold the status of master's student. They then obtain PhD candidate status upon successful completion of their master's degree with distinction. Students wishing to continue in the PhD program must submit a formal application after completion of the Master's Program.

Application Process

Applications for the 2019 intake are now closed. Applications for the Fall 2020 intake will open in January 2020.
 

  • Applicants should demonstrate their strong interest in research in a written personal statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation from renowned academics supporting the application (motivation and suitability for research) are required.
  • The application includes an interview to evaluate students’ academic abilities, research interests and motivation.
  • Final admission into the Program is dependent on the fulfillment of the university's admission rules for an MSc.
  • Shortlisted applicants are assigned a tutor who helps define a provisional five-year study plan. (This may be done via videoconference, however face-to-face meetings are preferred.)