Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program


Program Description

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.

This multidisciplinary education is in large part what gives École Polytechnique graduates their high potential for evolution in their careers. It prepares them to implement soft skills during their careers. Il also prepares them to practice different managing professions. Thus Polytechnicians are well-suited to evolve into high-level positions in management and coordination.

Specialized studies are offered during the third and fourth years of the program.

In their 3rd year, the students may choose a subject or theme among 14 different specialization programs.

For the 4th-year, students may choose from the following options:

  • training offered by a government administrative body or organization,
  • specialized studies at a partner engineering school
  • a Master's program in France or abroad
  • doctoral research (Ph.D.)

Degrees awarded

  • Upon completing the three first years of the program, students earn the Engineering Degree of École Polytechnique.
  • Once they have completed their fourth year, students are awarded the École Polytechnique Diploma.

The importance of foreign languages, humanities, and social sciences

  • Modern Languages: in addition to the mandatory study of two foreign languages, students have the option of beginning a 3rd language and to practice it during internships and language-intensive study periods abroad.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences: Throughout the program various lectures and workshops are offered to students, covering subjects which range from philosophy and history to architecture, fine arts, and musicology.

Learning through research

At least 20% of study time is dedicated to research in the first three years of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program.

A cutting-edge research center on their doorstep

Students benefit from an exceptional setting in terms of infrastructures with the research center that boasts over twenty laboratories within the École Polytechnique itself, as well as the partner laboratories at the Plateau De Saclay (European Silicon Valley).

Science projects throughout the program

From year 1

Students are offered scientific conferences on current research themes as well as laboratory visits and meetings with researchers.

In year 2

  • Part of the studies are carried out in the form of applied modules in a laboratory, referred to as MODAL, within the Ecole Polytechnique's research center. Students tackle a scientific theme one day a week for a period of nine weeks.
  • In association with the École Polytechnique's laboratories, all students work in small groups on a Group Science Project. This work is carried out throughout the entire year, half a day per week.

In year 3

  • Specialization studies offer all students new opportunities for immersion in the Ecole Polytechnique's laboratories.
  • Students have the option of replacing certain year 3 courses/modules with a laboratory project for one term.
  • All students complete a research internship for a minimum of three months, which can be extended up to five months. These internships take place in academic laboratories, but also in industrial R&D teams in France or abroad.

After the Polytechnicien Program

A third of students who enter a government administrative body or organization complete a Ph.D. and almost a quarter of other students continue their engineering studies with a Ph.D.


Following their studies, 47% of polytechnicians choose the corporate sector for their professional activity, 29% pursue their studies through a Ph.D., 15% choose the public sector and 3% create a start-up.


In the corporate sector, the gross annual salary, bonuses included, for first jobs is 59,500 euros. It can be up to 76,500 euros for graduates working abroad.

Job Search Length

In the corporate sector, 64% of graduates find employment before graduation. Within 6 months after graduation, 100% of polytechnicians in the corporate sector are employed.

Activity Sectors

On average, graduates choose, 57% industry (44% IT sector, 15% energy sector, 10% construction sector), 19% consulting and 9% insurance and banking.

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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 excel ... Read More

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. Read less