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.

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.

> Equal Opportunities

Turning diversity into a strength is a major ambition of École Polytechnique, which supports equal opportunities. To face this challenge, École Polytechnique has created a Diversity and Success Center, which coordinates all of the various on-campus activities and programs developed to promote equal opportunities. These activities involve several different key groups and participants.

> Sustainable Development

École Polytechnique is one of four pilot sites for sustainable development selected by the Ministry of Defense. Energy efficiency and environmental conservation are central to its operations, led by committed participants across various domains of activity.

Since 2010, École Polytechnique has sought to formalize its strategy for sustainable development through the creation of a Sustainable Development Committee. This committee participates in the "Plan Vert" Guidelines set by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE). Its activities cover 5 major areas: academics, research, living environment, transportation, and student clubs.


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


> European rankings

N°13 Best European Universities

QS World University Rankings 2015/2016

> World rankings

N°3 World's best small universities

Times Higher Education 2016

N°6 Worldwide among higher education institutions in terms of the number of Nobel Prize winners among its graduates

According to the ranking published in Nature

N°6 most attractive institution in the world for employers

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017

N°22 Best university in terms of student employability
Times Higher Education 2017

N°16 Top 150 Most International Universities Worldwide

Times Higher Education 2017

N°115 Top 1,000 universities in the world - The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018

Times Higher Education 2018

N°40 Top 863 Most International Universities Worldwide

QS World University Rankings 2015/2016

N°36 Top 1000 best Universities Worldwide

CWUR (Center for World University Rankings) 2016

N°66 Top 750 best universities in terms of international scientific publications

The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015

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MSc Data Science For Business

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Paris

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. [+]

Double Degree with HEC

In today’s transforming and competitive world, companies strive to stay ahead of the market and make the best informed business decisions. Investing in the 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.

Companies who are looking to capitalize on data science and set up successful big data strategies have 3 challenges to face:

a technological challenge: collecting and storing the data pool, dealing with the spread of vast amounts of information that is often very disorganized (IP addresses, fingerprinting, website logs, static web or warehouse data, social media, etc.). a scientific challenge: structuring and dissecting the data, uncovering knowledge from these data through different scientific tools like data visualization. an economic challenge: understanding and interpreting the data, taking advantage of them to gain insight and boost the competitivity to the next level. Data are becoming part of business level strategies: they help companies improving their decision-making processes, implementing predictive analysis on emerging markets and measuring risk before entering new segments. ... [-]


Cybersecurity: Threats and Defenses Master

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Paris

Cybersecurity is concerned with the security and integrity of all the interconnected electronic devices that form our current modern life, from large companies to individuals. [+]

Cybersecurity: Threats and Defenses Master

Cybersecurity is concerned with the security and integrity of all the interconnected electronic devices that form our current modern life, from large companies to individuals.

Critical installations including servers, industrial automation, nuclear power stations, cloud computing facilities, and even the basic infrastructure of the internet itself are under constant attack.

Stories of companies being harassed by viruses and malware are frequent; huge amounts of money can easily be stolen, and valuable infrastructure pirated in a few seconds. Often this requires virtually no investment or risk on the part of attackers, which range from individuals to hostile state-sponsored agencies.... [-]

Graduate Degree in Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Visual Computing

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Paris

At the edge between computer science and applied mathematics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a constantly growing field which recent advances are highly impressive. [+]


At the edge between computer science and applied mathematics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a constantly growing field which recent advances are highly impressive. Its goal is to create intelligent agents or systems capable of operating on their own to achieve difficult goals, such as decision-making or creation tasks. This can be done using the modeling of knowledge and of reasoning mechanisms and/or by relying on statistical learning (from Bayesian models to Deep Learning) where the training data is either collected at once or on the fly. Besides developing these methods, competitive research on their reliability is of primary interest.

Combined with Visual Computing techniques, a part of computer science which studies the processing and simulation of visual information in all its forms (from images and videos to 3D virtual worlds), Artificial Intelligence leads to strong societal impact applications, as for instance:... [-]

Graduate Degree in Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Paris

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. [+]

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.... [-]

Graduate Degree in Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Paris

The Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management (ECOSEM) 2-year program combines management experience with first-class engineering and scientific training. This Graduate Degree aims at producing project managers and team leaders who are able to face environmental challenges from innovative sustainable development to emergency management. [+]

In a context marked by resource depletion, global environmental change, growing public awareness concerning environmental issues, the Graduate Degree in Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management (ECOSEM) aims to foster real-world technical expertise from resource diagnostic and innovative depollution engineering to integrative strategies for remediation and valorization.

In Ecole Polytechnique’s long tradition of multidisciplinary education, this professionally oriented program provides in-depth understanding of the scientific, industrial and societal contexts of sustainability and environment management. Developed in collaboration with internationally renowned scientists and experts from industrial research centers and academic teams, it has been designed to answer the demands of a wide variety of activity sectors including industry from start-ups to the world’s leading groups and governmental agencies.... [-]

Graduate Degree in Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Paris

The Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM) Graduate Degree program fosters real-world technical expertise at the intersection between environmental issues and the future of energy. This program combines management experience with first-class engineering and scientific training. [+]

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.

The transformation in energy production is generally known as the “energy transition.” This shift away from fossil fuels and towards more sustainable alternatives has become not only a political and environmental imperative but also an economic one. The technologies and business models of this changing energy landscape call for increasingly sophisticated expertise.... [-]

Graduate Degree in Internet of Things: Innovation and Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Paris

The Internet of Things: Innovation and Management Graduate Degree covers the wide-reaching impact of digitization and connected objects, on industry, business, technology and society. The IoT-IM program is a uniquely comprehensive degree, based on six thematic pillars: Electronics, Communication and Software, Regulation, Economics, Society and Sociology. Over the course of two years, the program provides its students with an in-depth understanding of the IoT technologies and challenges. [+]

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?

Whether a connected object is intended for mainstream consumption or a specific industry, companies face a wide range of questions beyond technical feasibility: what is the market potential for this object? Can it be assessed through Big Data analysis? Which selling price will ensure long-term profitability? What will be the costs of storing and analyzing the data generated by this object? How will this data be processed in compliance with the privacy and property laws of different countries and regions? What are the object’s potential impacts on its sociological and societal context? The success of a connected object depends on companies' ability to answer these questions right from the design stage.... [-]

Graduate Degree in Smart Cities and Urban Policy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Paris

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy program provides an in-depth understanding of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments. Over the course of two years, the building up of students’ toolbox is put to use through up to nine months of industrial internships. [+]

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”.

Despite international competition and free mobility of inputs like assets, raw materials, and knowledge, location still plays a fundamental role as a competitive edge. As rail, port and road infrastructures were amongst the key factors when determining where to locate a new business or a new branch, scarce human resources are now part of the decision-making process.... [-]

Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 France Paris

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.... [-]


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91128 Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Website https://www.polytechnique.edu/en