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École Polytechnique launches its PhD program combining Master’s and PhD

École Polytechnique, also known as l’X, extends its academic offer and launches a PhD program combining both Master’s and PhD. This program is designed to develop outstanding students for careers in leading academic institutions or top companies throughout the world.

In September 2016, with the support of the École Polytechnique Foundation, l’X opens a five-year long program leading to a PhD degree. Based on the Anglo-Saxon model of the PhD track, this top-level program is designed for students with high potential, having graduated from a Bachelor’s program or its equivalent, who want to be involved in tomorrow’s scientific challenges.

Students in this PhD program will benefit from École Polytechnique’s dynamic ecosystem. Since the first year of their Master’s studies, these students will be closely associated to the research activities conducted in École Polytechnique laboratories. Students involved in the PhD program will work closely with academic tutors who will provide them with individual coaching, oversee their progress and help customize their training with regards to their interests and goals. They will also be in close contact with the scientific community of Université Paris-Saclay, a major scientific and economic cluster in the South Paris region, founded by l’X and 18 other higher education and research institutions.

More information on the PhD program here

Deadline for application: April 30th

List of Research Departments and Laboratories participating to this program

ABOUT ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE / École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 36% of students and 39% of faculty members).

École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 22 laboratories, 21 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is also a pioneer and leading institution of the major scientific and economic cluster, Paris-Saclay, bringing together top French higher education and research institutions, as well as R&D centers of prominent international companies.


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