The Ingénieur degree awarded in France may be unfamiliar in other countries, where the international standard is the Doctor of Science degree. In offering a four-year curriculum that combines theory and practice, ESPCI ParisTech naturally prepares graduates to pursue doctoral studies leading to a PhD.
Approach to education
Students participate actively in the learning process, through:
- laboratory work (typically in two-person teams)
- tutorial work, which was introduced by Pierre-Gilles de Gennes: students work in groups of four on a topic proposed by a teacher/researcher; the topic must be based on actual research work and go beyond the related classroom lectures.
The limited size of each graduating class (80 students) and the presence of teachers who conduct their research work on-campus foster rewarding informal contact with faculty.
Virtually all the teaching in classrooms and laboratories is provided by the faculty of approximately seventy ESPCI ParisTech professors and lecturers.
Some twenty outside instructors teach in other areas, particularly languages, business and economics.
The tutorial system draws on the expertise of one hundred additional researchers from laboratories on the campus or nearby.
How to apply
The application to the Program "Ingénieur ESPCI-Paristech" can be done on line.
Dead line to apply for international students : the 15th october.
- Invent the Future at ESPCI (PDF - 6,2Mb)