CentraleSupélec is the coordinating institution of the "Graduate School of Engineering and Systems Sciences". The operating establishments are AgroParisTech, the Faculté des Sciences d'Orsay, the Institut d'Optique Graduate School, the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, the University of Evry, Polytech Paris-Saclay, INRA, CEA and CNRS.
Presentation of the Graduate School
In a unique ecosystem bringing together academic centres and industrial partners within the same territory, the Graduate School of Engineering and Systems Sciences offers recognised master's and doctoral level training in the fields of Engineering Sciences and associated digital sciences.
These courses open the way to professional integration into the Research and Development environment in France and abroad.
The Graduate School has more than 1,000 Master students and 600 PhDs graduating each year in several major research themes: materials, mechanics, civil engineering, industrial engineering, optics, electronics, telecommunications, electrical engineering, robotics, applied mathematics and numerics, high-performance computing, biomedical imaging, biotechnologies, etc.
The major axes of the Graduate School :
The Graduate School brings together more than sixty research laboratories that explore and develop new ways of designing, manufacturing, using and maintaining systems that contribute to responding through research and innovation to the major societal challenges that prefigure the world of tomorrow and guarantee the ecological and economic development of our societies.
The research teams work in close collaboration with numerous sectors of activity such as aeronautics, space, ground transport, energy, microelectronics and telecommunications. In order to meet the needs for transformation of the professions and tools of these industries, the teams develop original approaches, concrete and robust solutions based on fundamental sciences, and contribute to the contribution of new knowledge. These collaborations lead to upstream and partnership-based research actions over long periods of time through national and international collaborations, chairs or joint teams in themes bringing together several disciplines.
Within networks of international partner universities, the Graduate School brings the quality of research and its training offer in its field of expertise to the highest international level. It also contributes to supporting strong ideas and initiatives for the orientation of international training and research practices and policies while promoting international experiences for all students and staff.
The major axes are :
- Matérial Science & Engineering
- Biochemical, Chemical & Biomédical Engineering
- Optical Science and Engineering
- Telecommunication Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Fluid and Solid Mechanics
- Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
- Computational Science and Applied Mathematics
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- 67 laboratories; 2,800 researchers; 700 doctoral students
- Doctoral schools: 4 (EOBE, Interface, SMEMAG, STIC)
- Students: 1,200 students in M1; 1,500 students in M2
- Projects and structures: Labex LaSIPS, Labex NanoSaclay, Digicosme, Institut DataIA
- Plateforms (EQUIPEX) : Matmeca, Mesocentre
9 Masters Mentions
The nine Master's degrees of the Graduate School of Engineering and Systems Sciences are based on the expertise of the research laboratories that make it up and benefit from the strong support of academic and industrial partners involved in order to diversify its teaching, illustrate the links between training, research and development and support the evolution of educational content.
- Civil Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Engineering of complex systems
- Nuclear Energy
- High Performance Computing and Simulation
Recruitment in its training programs is open to all international and national candidates, CS engineering students and international students arriving in the framework of exchange programs or double degree programs.
Master in Complex Systems Engineering
The Master’s in Complex System Engineering (ISC) aims to address the modelling, design and management of systems, products, processes and organisations (particularly industrial), making extensive use of modelling sciences, system engineering and systems science as well as industrial engineering.
In terms of disciplines, this Master's degree is at the interface between applied mathematics, computer science, operations research, mechanics, automation, economics, management and management of design and production tools. It includes organisation science, the analysis of interacting agent systems and the study of technical and organisational systems. It builds bridges between modelling, digital simulation, design, management and optimisation of socio-technical systems for industry and services.
Master in Civil Engineering
This course combines specialist fields, which are mainly research-oriented, related to civil engineering (construction, geotechnics, transportation, hydraulics, environment) and subsurface engineering.
For aspects related to constructions in their environment, expertise and continuity of knowledge from the material to the structure are expected. In addition, understanding the construction process, comfort conditions and the durability of buildings are important elements in the training.
As far as subsoil engineering is concerned, in addition to the strong relationship between soil and constructions, the exploration and exploitation of reservoirs and storage facilities (water, gas, oil, CO2, waste, etc.) is one of the major objectives..
Master in Nuclear Energy
This program is intended to meet the needs arising from the considerable renewed interest in nuclear energy at the international level. In France alone, the demand for new engineers and managers for the nuclear industry will be on the order of 1,000 per year, at least, over the next 10 years.
The Master’s in Nuclear Energy (Nuclear Engineering) is an international Master’s which aims to provide high calibre foreign and French students with the key knowledge necessary for the nuclear industry and the production of low-carbon electricity. The quality and breadth of the content it deals with means it meets a wide range of requirements of companies in this field by recruiting students with high initial employability. This Master’s also aims to prepare students for research in the nuclear field (e.g. Reactor Physics, Modelling and Simulation, Instrumentation, Radiochemistry). As a result, the whole Master's course integrates the various professions in civil nuclear energy. Teaching is conducted entirely in English.
The two M1 courses, Physics & Engineering and Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, aim to provide a broad education ranging from the essential scientific and technological aspects to the physical and chemical aspects of nuclear energy. The two courses share a common core (76% and 66% in semesters 1 and 2, respectively) and include both the core courses which underpin nuclear energy-related professions: nuclear physics, thermodynamics, neutronics, radiation-matter interactions, computer science and courses oriented towards chemistry (Chemistry & CE track): separative chemistry, speciation and processes, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, nuclear analytical methods, radiolysis, nuclear materials chemistry, process engineering, or physics (Physics & E course): thermodynamics, continuum mechanics and fluid mechanics and heat transfer These two M1 courses provide all the knowledge necessary to follow one of the following courses in the single M2 offered as part of the degree:
The Fuel cycle course (FC) aims to cover all the physico-chemistry necessary for the different stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. It is based on the introduction of basic research concepts required for the development and perfection of processes and the design of new industrial objects.
The aim of the Decommissioning & Waste Management (DWM) course is to gain the knowledge, expertise and interpersonal skills necessary to be able to carry out a project for the decontamination and decommissioning of old nuclear facilities (reactor, plant, workshop, laboratory, installation, contaminated site or soil) and the management of radioactive waste.
The Nuclear Plant Design (NPD) course provides students with in-depth training in the design and construction of nuclear facilities such as nuclear power plants and fuel processing plants.
Master in Energy
The course covers, in a general and cross-disciplinary manner, the field of energy (physics of the many sources, production, conversion, storage, management) and its complex interrelationship with transport in the broadest sense. After all, energy produced must be transported and used. The transport of goods and people itself requires energy and therefore also requires improvements in propulsion methods (electric, hybrid, combustion), energy conversion and storage, and structures (lightness, strength, assembly processes).
The themes addressed within the Master’s in energy (innovative materials, new energy technologies, networks, sustainable mobility) are widely covered in the research activities of partner institutions and R&D centres in the region. This course is based on an exceptional network in the field of energy which is at the standard of the Plateau de Saclay: Two Energy Transition Institutes (IPVF on photovoltaics, VEDECOM on carbon-free mobility) and numerous academic (CNRS, CEA, etc.) and industrial (Renault, PSA, Thales, Safran, EDF, etc.) research laboratories.
Master in Computer Science
Master in Mechanics
Aeronautics, space, transport, energy, environment, bio-medical, etc. are all fields whose development is based on the advances made in research in mechanics and mechanical engineering.
Within this broad context, the Mechanics degree course at UPS is aimed at students who have a Bachelor's degree (obtained in Mechanics or an equivalent) and who have a particular interest in digital and experimental sciences, a curiosity and scientific rigour.
The aims of the course are:
- to provide a framework within the Université Paris-Saclay to coordinate Master's degree courses in the field of mechanics
- to offer students courses associated with innovative fields of research,
- to offer students the possibility of an apprenticeship,
- to strengthen the international influence of a community brought together by the Université Paris-Saclay,
- to attract the best students from around the world.
The Mechanics course therefore aims to provide students with a solid training which is also accessible as an apprenticeship and is both theoretical and practical. In this way students can easily integrate into the world of work both in France (in large companies as well as in SMEs and SMIs in the Ile-de-France industrial area) and abroad.
The courses available make it possible to find either highly technical professional opportunities or jobs as engineers, senior managers or researchers in companies or in the laboratories of public institutions or universities. Through the support of laboratories in partner institutions, the course allows students to pursue a doctorate in the doctoral institution SMEMaG ‘Mechanical, energetic and material sciences and geosciences’, for example.
In order to achieve its objectives, the organisation is essentially structured around specialisations centred on disciplines (fluid mechanics, materials, structures, design and mechanical engineering, etc.) but also around more inter-disciplinary courses (higher education, mathematics and mechanics) and offers students the possibility to build courses aimed at either:
- areas of academic or industrial research,
- fields of applications such as: aeronautics, space, vehicles, energy, environment, bio-medical, instrumentation, scientific computing.
By the end of their Master's training, graduates are specialists whose disciplinary and cross-disciplinary skills can be applied in three essential areas:
- General scientific skills: modelling, analysing and solving problems requiring abstract skills, designing and implementing an experimental approach, using data acquisition, simulation and analysis software, conducting a critical analysis of results.
- Organisational skills: working independently, using information and communication technology, researching information, implementing a project and carrying out a study.
- Interpersonal skills: communicating, working in a team, taking on responsibilities in a professional environment.
As a result of the course, students will have acquired theoretical and experimental expertise in mechanics and its interfaces, the ability to work independently and a critical sense.
The Master’s in Mechanics fits naturally into the Plateau de Saclay. The many research laboratories at the Université Paris-Saclay are very strongly involved in training, through teacher-researchers or recognised specialist researchers in the field, but also through the work placements and projects they can offer. The presence of numerous organisations (CEA, ONERA...) and companies (Safran Tech, EDF, PSA, RENAULT, etc.) makes it possible to have a network of partnerships for work placements and apprenticeships, for example, but also for the participation of engineers and research engineers in the training program.
It is very well positioned in the Île-de-France region and at a local level. The course is firmly focused on engineering in a research context and is managed in close collaboration with universities and engineering schools. The links with industrial partners is reflected, on the one hand, in a significant proportion of work placements carried out in large industrial groups with significant research investment and, on the other, in partnerships carried out as part of apprenticeships.
Only 2 other courses in Mechanics exist outside of the Université Paris-Saclay. These are at the Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEM) and l’Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IPP). There is also a Engineering Sciences course (SPI) at Sorbonne Université (formerly the Université Pierre et Marie Curie). However, a strong characteristic of the Mechanics course at the Université Paris-Saclay is its strong focus on ‘research’ as a result of the numerous academic laboratories, EPIC and research and development departments in large companies. In addition, the course can be taken entirely in English (for some courses) and is organically linked to several schools.
Its strength lies in how all these elements connect together. The course is highly structured and offers a balanced and complete set of varied teaching both in terms of substance and form (courses/tutorials/TP/projects/work placements). The way lectures are applied is extremely varied (tutorials ‘on paper’, mini-projects, analysis of articles, digital tutorials, targeted experimental work, etc.). Students are closely supervised (academic supervisor, work placement supervisor, etc.), which makes it possible to support the success of the students (refresher course in mathematics, tutoring, etc.).
The joint management between several establishments allows for rich and constructive discussions to take place. Teaching on each course takes place on a limited number of sites and in small classes. This encourages collaborative and collective work, both from the point of view of the student cohort and the teaching team.
Master in Electrical Engineering
The primary aim of the course is to provide a solid foundation in all the fields of engineering sciences which relate to electronics, energy, automation, computer engineering, telecommunications and signal and image processing. English and general training courses are also offered.
Courses which start in the second semester allow students to gradually specialise in the fields of telecommunications, systems, information processing, micro-nanoelectronics and micro-nanotechnology, instrumentation, energy conversion and processing. In the 2nd year, courses aimed at research, employment and non-specific purposes give shape to the final degree.
Two courses are available which are entirely off-site. The Communication and data engineering course is taught in Hanoi in Vietnam in partnership with VNU-UET. The M2 higher education training in Computer Engineering, Signal Processing, Automation, Electronics and Telecommunication is available in Tunis in partnership with UFTAM and is an adapted program to complement initial training at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay.