Master of Engineering
Three essential aspects to Telecom ParisTech teaching
It is important to know that there are always 3 aspects developed in Telecom ParisTech teaching, no matter what year or track:
- the scientific and technological aspect
- the foreign languages and cultures aspect
- the personal skills and human relations aspect
We believe that all three are just as important when entering the world of Engineering today. One has to be aware of the new challenges in the industry at every level, and seeing as our future engineers will be working with people from all around the world, it is important to prepare them to do so.
Thus, foreign languages and cultures are a very important aspect of our teaching, as they enable to understand and accept more easily different customs, codes and lifestyles ; on the other hand, one cannot understand others without knowing oneself -we therefore also have classes based on human relations and communication, and personal skills.
The Telecom ParisTech Curriculum
A choice of two study tracks is available at Telecom ParisTech: Paris or EURECOM at Sophia Antipolis
Competitive Entrance candidates (through the Concours commun) may choose between Paris and EURECOM (at Sophia Antipolis, French Riviera). The same Telecom ParisTech Engineering degree is delivered whatever the curriculum attended.
Both study tracks begin the same way: the Core Curriculum (BCI), in Paris, during the 1st year.
In the EURECOM programme, the two following years take place at Sophia Antipolis, and can be followed entirely in English. It is specialized in mobile communications, multimedia, networking, real-time and embedded systems, security in communication systems, transmission technologies, and web engineering.
The Diplôme d'Ingénieur is similar to a Master of Engineering, although its field of study is much wider. It involves studying Communications, Electronics, Computer Science, Sound & Image Processing, Networks, Business & Management, Social & Human Sciences, and more.
One can enter the Telecom ParisTech Master of Engineering (Diplôme d'Ingénieur) as of the 1st year, or go directly into the graduate programme.
Entering in the 1st year
Concours Commun (written exam)
Foreign students who wish to integrate the Master of Engineering (Diplôme d'Ingénieur) as of the 1st year must pass the Concours Commun (written exam), like any other French student. The student's level of French must be very high. More (in French)
Entering the graduate programme (2nd and 3rd year)
There are three programmes that allow foreign students to integrate the Diplôme d'Ingénieur in the graduate programme if they are students in a School with whom we have a bilateral agreement. European students can benefit from the Erasmus programme which allow them to obtain a grant from their University.
- Double Diplôme (Joint Degree)
- Auditeur Libre
- Admis sur titre (accepted upon degree).
The Erasmus agreement is for European students only. It is an agreement between European countries that allows students to continue their studies in another European School, with a grant from the state.
The Erasmus student may join Telecom ParisTech for either one academic year as Non-degree student or one and a half year as Double degree student.
Double Diplôme (Joint Degree)
Some students can integrate the Diplôme d'Ingénieur in the 3rd year by doing a Double Diplôme. That means that at the end of the 3rd year, they graduate in both their original School and Telecom Paris. The Double Diplôme is only possible for students from schools with whom we have a bilateral agreement.
In order to follow this programme, students must come to Telecom Paris for a year and a half, during which they have to follow two semesters of classes and to complete a 6 months internship in France.
All of these students will have to fill in and send the application form (Word format).
Education within bilateral agreements is completely free of charge.
Auditeur Libre (Non degree students)
The Auditeur Libre agreement is a bilateral agreement between certain Schools which allows European or non-European students to come and study at Telecom ParisTech. It is roughly the same situation as the Erasmus agreement, only without governmental implication.
Admis sur titre (accepted upon degree)
Students can join the graduate programme as what we call Admis sur titre (accepted upon degree).
PACT : themed collaborative learning project
At the start of their first year, students take part in a themed collaborative learning project called the PACT. This project is designed to help them learn more about ParisTech’s scientific disciplines and to develop their group working skills.
The project kicks off with a personal development day to foster the creativity and listening abilities of students, completed by visits to research centers and talks from ParisTech teacher-researchers, during which they learn more about the digital field.
Within the framework of that year’s general theme, students work in small groups of seven or eight people on a topic of their choice. The scope of the project needs to be determined in line with available human and material resources.
The students are supervised by a teacher-researcher who acts as their tutor. This role is very different to the one the teachers usually perform. They are there to support the project and the students. Other teacher-researchers are identified as experts that the students may consult at any stage of the project. The teacher-researchers therefore also work in groups as part of a cross-disciplinary approach.
The next stage
The groups are asked to technically define how they intend to put their project into practice, before moving on to the practical stage. At the end of the project, they take part in a large-scale demonstration assessed by a panel of judges, followed by an awards ceremony.
Joint degree with HEC (business school)
A joint degree agreement between Télécom ParisTech and HEC Paris is expected to be signed in the near future. It will enable Télécom ParisTech students to study at HEC and obtain both the Grande École HEC degree and Télécom ParisTech engineering degree. Alternatively, students studying for the Grande École HEC degree may also study at Télécom ParisTech with a view to obtaining both degrees.
Number of places and applications
The number of places made available to Telecom ParisTech students is limited to five a year. To be eligible for the scheme, you need to be a student on either the Paris or Sophia (Eurecom) campus, in the second year of an engineering course with student status, as part of a 36-month degree course (after completing the core curriculum - BCI - in the first year, and year one of a Masters course).
Structure of course followed by Telecom ParisTech students
Students selected for the dual degree, after completion of the core curriculum (BCI) in their first year and year one of a Masters course in Paris or Sophia Antipolis (36-month degree course), or after year one of a Masters course in Paris or Sophia Antipolis (24-month degree course):
enter and follow the second year basic management course at HEC (“Year M1”), then return to Télécom ParisTech to complete the second year of the Masters course which includes an engineering internship in a company and a teaching term,
and finally return to HEC to follow the third year (called “Year M2”) which consists of a main subject and a four-month internship.
Students registered for the dual degree are administratively registered with both establishments.
They pay the tuition fees in force at Télécom ParisTech for each year of study at Télécom ParisTech (€1,144 per year in 2011-2012) and the tuition fees of HEC during each year of study at HEC (€13,200 per year for French students and EU citizens, or €17,500 per year for foreign students from outside the EU).