École Polytechnique

Introduction

About École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique is a leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its curriculum promotes a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. The school produces socially responsible professionals who excel in leading complex and innovative projects which address current and future challenges facing our society.

Strategy and Missions

In today’s climate of fierce economic competition, innovation is the only route to prosperity. École Polytechnique trains leaders with solid backgrounds in multidisciplinary science through ample exposure to both the business and research worlds.

École Polytechnique's DNA: faith in innovation, the driving force of prosperity

École Polytechnique was founded in 1794, a period marked not only by political and economic upheaval but also by the end of the Age of Enlightenment. During this unique moment in history, the Comité de Salut Public (French Public Welfare Committee) anticipated the future applications of the myriad scientific and technical discoveries that occurred during the 18th century and triggered the Industrial Revolution. It entrusted Gaspard Monge, Lazare Carnot and several other scholars with enlisting, by means of a competitive recruitment process, the best minds of their time, and teaching them science for the benefit of the French Republic.

In 1804, Napoleon confirmed Polytechnique’s role in serving the nation by granting École Polytechnique military status and giving the school its motto:

"Pour la Patrie, les Sciences et la Gloire" ("For the Homeland, Science and Glory").

Now, at the start of the 21st century, another era characterized by geopolitical, economic and environmental difficulties as well as numerous groundbreaking technologies, École Polytechnique maintains the same philosophical core. A staunch defender of the idea that innovation is the only driving force of collective prosperity, the university is a significant contributor to promoting responsible productive, economic and scientific development.

École Polytechnique produces and shares multidisciplinary knowledge of the highest level

As a higher education establishment, l'X naturally seeks to share the most up-to-date knowledge to benefit its students, selected based on the criteria of excellence for which it is renowned.

However, École Polytechnique also creates knowledge, for its professors are both teachers and researchers. It hosts around twenty laboratories, which are closely connected to French national research institutions and committed to prestigious international collaboration. The aim of these laboratories is to achieve results in the form of intellectual property rights and publications in leading journals in both fundamental and applied research.

École Polytechnique’s credo is to be multidisciplinary both in its teaching and research. Structured around ten scientific disciplines, including humanities and social sciences, it focuses its research on eight themes that involve collaboration between the laboratories. Such a model stems from the observation that fruitful innovations accepted by society are born from the confrontation and cooperation of disciplines, including philosophy.

École Polytechnique serves society, companies and its students

In an informed and mobile society, today's best students throughout the world can choose from any number of universities. Higher education is an international competition and l'X has its own share of competitors— which incidentally are often partners —whose financial means, from both public and private sources, are substantial.

In this stimulating environment, École Polytechnique’s aim is to be recognized by the most exceptional students from around the world as an institution where they can acquire a knowledge base and know-how and gain access to a network of former students which will allow them to have a fulfilling professional life in line with their ambitions.

The university is also developing its activities designed to benefit companies, which generate value. It hopes to offer them research and development results which will allow them to prosper both on an industrial and economic level.

Finally, École Polytechnique does not forget its role in society. The university's role of spreading knowledge is not limited to research publications and now extends to online teaching through “Formations en Ligne Ouvertes à Tous” (Online Training Sessions Open to All). Its influence throughout the community can be seen on more than just an educational and scientific level; though its actions to promote the business creation, the university's reach has now extended to include economic development.

Values to complete knowledge

L'X does not just settle for creating knowledge. It aspires to develop exemplary values in its students and research professors.

Science and conscience: the cult of integrity and sense of public interest are part of its deeply rooted culture. More widely, École Polytechnique is open to the world and enthusiastically welcomes new experiences.

The university now combines these essential characteristics with qualities that are just as important, namely audacity and an entrepreneurial spirit, and which constitute crucial qualities in a world that smiles upon teams that are agile and willing to take risks.

Proud of its past, l'X is committed to making scientific, technological and industrial revolutions possible in the 21st century.

History of École Polytechnique

A product of the French Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment, École Polytechnique has a rich history that spans over 220 years. Since its inception, the school has borne a tradition of scientific excellence and commitment to serving the common good.

Rankings

École Polytechnique is a top French engineering school which is competitive on a national and international scale.

N°1 Best French Grandes Écoles in Science and Technology/All French rankings combined/ L’Usine Nouvelle / L’Étudiant

> European rankings

N°1 France and N°16 Best European Universities/ QS World University Rankings 2018

> World rankings

N°1 France and N°2 World's best small universities/ Times Higher Education 2018

N°1 France and N°4 Worldwide for education business leaders/ According to THE Alma Mater Index 2017

Civic Engagement

Overcoming major societal challenges is integral to the history and tradition of École Polytechnique, in its pursuit of excellence, progress, and science. With its perspectives of acceptance and accessibility, the school is actively committed to a policy of sustainable development and social responsibility.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc Data Science For Business (Double Degree with HEC)

Campus Full time September 2019 France Palaiseau

Ecole Polytechnique and our partner business school HEC Paris offer a new two-year joint graduate degree program in “Data Science for Business”. It aims at training students in data sciences and provides them with high-level skills on technological, scientific, strategic and business levels. Our association represents the best Engineering & Business combination Europe could possibly offer, particularly in the field of Data Science and Business. [+]

At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €18,900/year

In today’s transforming and competitive world, companies strive to stay ahead of the market and make the best-informed business decisions. Investing in innovative technology has become a necessity.

Collecting and analyzing data in real-time help companies determine new market trends. By investing and implementing big data systems, they get new insights to build a more responsive and effective business, reach a higher level of performance and unlock new market opportunities while monitoring their risks.... [-]


Master

Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Visual Computing Master

Campus Full time September 2019 France Palaiseau

This new Master curriculum strongly focuses on Artificial Intelligence, including statistical learning and applications to data science. It also covers the complementary field of advanced Visual Computing, including 3D computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, multimodal interaction, computer vision, robotics, and 3D Fabrication, which either make use or lead to the development of novel AI methods. This curriculum in Artificial Intelligence and Visual Computing is therefore at the heart of digital sciences and of its most promising, recent applications. [+]

Master in Artificial Intelligence At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €15,000/year Program Description

This new Master curriculum strongly focuses on Artificial Intelligence, including statistical learning and applications to data science. It also covers the complementary field of advanced Visual Computing, including 3D computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, multimodal interaction, computer vision, robotics, and 3D Fabrication, which either make use or lead to the development of novel AI methods. This curriculum in Artificial Intelligence and Visual Computing is therefore at the heart of digital sciences and of its most promising, recent applications.... [-]


Cybersecurity: Threats and Defenses Master

Campus Full time September 2019 France Palaiseau

The two-year graduate degree fully taught in English, is designed to be professionalizing. While you acquire the tools and techniques during the first year, the second year focuses on “real world” application. Throughout the two years, students also get the opportunity to connect with industries, thanks to two internships and on-the-ground experience with researchers from l’X and visiting lecturers. [+]

Master Cybersecurity At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €15,000/year Program Description

Online piracy is a growing and universal concern for people, companies, and governments. As hackers grow more agile, cybersecurity professionals become indispensable to every industry. The rapidly growing demand for high-level cybersecurity experts has inspired l’X to dedicate a full program to it by creating the Cybersecurity: Threats and Defenses Master.

The two-year graduate degree fully taught in English, is designed to be professionalizing. While you acquire the tools and techniques during the first year, the second year focuses on “real world” application. Throughout the two years, students also get the opportunity to connect with industries, thanks to two internships and on-the-ground experience with researchers from l’X and visiting lecturers.... [-]


Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance Master

Campus Full time September 2019 France Palaiseau

The Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance program equips students with the quantitative methodology and real-world experience required for a thorough economic training. Principally an economics degree, you will also gain a firm grasp of the dynamics of technological innovation in business and organizational contexts. [+]

Master Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €12,000/year

Based on École Polytechnique’s world-class record of excellence in the applied sciences, the Economics, Data Analytics, and Corporate Finance Graduate Degree offers you the unique opportunity to gain a complete, economics-based strategic understanding of new and transforming markets in the 21st-century industry.

Operating in a world of constant flux

With technology permeating every sector of the economy, the increasingly frantic pace of innovation can result in disruption at any level of industry. Corporate giants can suddenly find themselves on the decline, displaced by the meteoric rise of disruptive newcomers – see Uber and Airbnb’s similar impacts in their shake-up of the transport and hospitality sectors.... [-]


Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management Master

Campus Full time September 2019 France Palaiseau

The Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management (ECOSEM) Graduate Degree offers a real-world technical expertise on environmental issues including soil and water pollution diagnostic, treatment and valorization processes, along with an in-depth understanding of the economic and social challenges to their development. Some international regulatory as well as ethics insights complete the technical and management courses. [+]

Master Ecotechnologies for Sustainability And Environment ECOS At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €12,000/year

École Polytechnique is committed to delivering programs emphasizing excellence in sciences while providing a complete understanding of their industrial, economic and social contexts.

The Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management (ECOSEM) Graduate Degree offers a real-world technical expertise on environmental issues including soil and water pollution diagnostic, treatment and valorization processes, along with an in-depth understanding of the economic and social challenges to their development. Some international regulatory as well as ethics insights complete the technical and management courses.... [-]


Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM) Master

Campus Full time September 2019 France Palaiseau

Treating energy and the environment as two equal parts that will determine our climate future, the Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM) Graduate Degree provides a sophisticated understanding of energy in the 21st century. Based on a foundation of engineering and applied sciences training, the STEEM program offers graduates the tools to understand the socioeconomic context of climate change and to master the evolutions of our relationship with energy. [+]

Master Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €12,000/year

A global consensus on the urgency to enact measures to mitigate climate change has emerged in recent years, culminating in December 2015 with the Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21). 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, global climate deal to limit to 2°C the rise in global temperatures. The agreement also states its aim of limiting the increase to 1.5°C, which would significantly reduce the risk of climate change for ecosystems and human populations. The future of energy production and particularly renewable energy generation capacities lies at the heart of efforts to reach these new goals.... [-]


Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program

Campus Full time September 2019 France Palaiseau

École Polytechnique's Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program is a unique 4-year program: 3 years to obtain the Engineering degree and 1 year to obtain École Polytechnique’s Diploma. [+]

Both general and specialized studies

École Polytechnique's Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program is a unique 4-year program: 3 years to obtain the Engineering degree and 1 year to obtain École Polytechnique’s Diploma.

This 4-year curriculum provides students with:

A multidisciplinary scientific training that gives students a broad scientific base (basic sciences, engineering sciences, social economics). A human, military and sports training that allows students to develop their behavioral and relational skills. Specialized courses with advanced scientific concentrations that rival the top engineering schools worldwide.

General studies are offered during the first two years of the program, where students acquire a solid scientific foundation in six subjects out of the eight offered by the Academic Departments: Pure and Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mechanics, Economics and Computer Science.... [-]


Internet of Things: Innovation and Management Program (IoT-IM) Master

Campus Full time September 2019 France Palaiseau

The Internet of Things: Innovation and Management Program (IoT-IM) Graduate Degree is based on the Ecole Polytechnique’s trademark multidisciplinary approach and provides you with the necessary knowledge and expertise of the entire connected objects’ ecosystem - from the electronics to economics of connected objects. It is a complete program for future entrepreneurs, engineers and IT/IoT consultants with a passion for the internet of things, and the curiosity to investigate the many sectors that overlap within the field. [+]

Master The Internet of Things: Innovation and Management Program At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €12,000/year

From mobile phones to watches, media platforms, utility grids, and medical devices, connected objects are permeating all levels of industry and technology. As society becomes increasingly digitized, the data they generate enables new interactions and business models, with wide-reaching impacts on traditional economic systems and, even, social habits.

For 21st century companies, developing the strategies and skills required to make their products connected is imperative in order to avoid their own obsolescence. But how are those skills developed?... [-]


Smart Cities and Urban Policy Master

Campus Full time September 2019 France Palaiseau

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy Graduate Degree provides an in-depth understanding of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments. [+]

Smart Cities

At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €12,000/year

In an increasingly global economy, metropolitan areas are basic components of economic competition and growth. Capital, labor pools, knowledge, infrastructures, and their distribution within and across geographical space play a major role in the economic development and prosperity of a metropolitan area.

As highlighted by the Economist, a report from the American think-tank Brookings Institution shows that “the world's largest 300 metropolitan economies account for 19% of the global population and almost half the world's GDP. In the past decade, incomes and jobs tended to grow faster in these urban areas than their national averages”.... [-]


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Address 91128 Palaiseau, Île-de-France, France
Website https://www.polytechnique.edu/en