No. 2 - Our excellent education
The French higher education system is embedded in the European model and is organised in three programmes: Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral.
In France the top qualifications in Engineering or Management are delivered by the Grandes Écoles.
These Grandes Écoles offer courses leading to the diplôme Grande École d’ingénieurs (MSc in engineering).
Excellent education which attracts the best students
ParisTech brings together 10 of these engineering Grandes Écoles in the Ile-de-France region, which are acknowledged as the best in their fields, and are characterised by their high standard of education and the excellence of their teaching staff and laboratories.
They offer a wide range of academic programmes:
Diplôme d'Ingénieur (MSc in Engineering)
Diplôme Grande École in Management (MSc in Management)
The Diplômes Grandes Écoles deliver high-quality education which is distinguished by:
a competitive and selective environment on admission and throughout the course.
innovative teaching methods which combine theory and practice
strong scientific potential
close partnerships with business and the world of research
an international presence
ParisTech is also deeply committed to promoting the value of the doctoral programmes of its Grandes Écoles. High-quality research, international collaboration and technical innovation are at the heart of doctoral curricula.
Student exchanges between schools
Each of the ParisTech graduate schools offers different courses of study, focusing on specific areas. In 2008, the schools decided to implement an exchange system to allow their students to benefit from the wealth of disciplines on offer and acquire new skills in an environment related to, yet different from, that of their own school.
Different types of exchange are possible:
- Final year: Students can opt to take the final year of their engineering degree in one of the other schools.
- Repeat year: Students who are required to repeat a year can do so in a different school.
- Substitution: Students can replace some of their course modules with modules of equivalent credit offered by one of the other schools.
- Doctoral degrees: As part of the additional modules required for their thesis, doctoral students can take classes, teaching units or seminars of equivalent credit in one or more of the other schools.
Dual degree programmes
Over the years, the ParisTech schools have developed a number of dual degree programmes. These are run either between different schools within the ParisTech consortium, or in conjunction with external partner schools. These dual degree programmes allow engineering students to:
- Develop additional skills which complement those they acquire through their engineering course
- Discover new, cross-disciplinary topics at national and international level
This means students are more flexible and versatile, and thus better equipped to meet the expectations of future employers. A candidate with a dual degree will have twice as many operational skills. Furthermore, he/she will have developed an open-minded approach, find it easier to adapt to new environments, be familiar with cross-disciplinary issues, and be more mature.
Between 2013 and 2018, 95 students completed a dual study programme within the ParisTech network. This included 25 engineers, 50 engineers on dual degree programmes, 14 master’s students and 6 doctoral students.
The dual degree programmes open to engineering students in the ParisTech schools are:
- AgroParisTech with MINES ParisTech, ESPCI Paris, Chimie ParisTech, Arts & Métiers ParisTech and ENSAE Paris
- Arts & Métiers ParisTech with AgroParisTech
- Chimie ParisTech with AgroParisTech and ESPCI Paris
- ESPCI Paris with AgroParisTech, Chimie ParisTech, Institut d’Optique and MINES ParisTech
- MINES ParisTech with AgroParisTech and ESPCI Paris
- Institut d’Optique with ESPCI Paris
- ENSAE Paris with Télécom Paris
- Télécom Paris with ENSAE Paris
The ParisTech schools have also created dual degree programmes with other prestigious French graduate schools which are not part of the ParisTech network. These include:
- HEC Paris (engineer/manager): AgroParisTech, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, ENSAE Paris, ESPCI Paris, Institut d’Optique, MINES ParisTech and Télécom Paris
- ESSEC: ESPCI Paris
- The Ecole normale supérieure (ENS): AgroParisTech, ENSAE Paris and ESPCI Paris
- ENS Paris-Saclay: Chimie ParisTech, ENSAE Paris and ESPCI Paris
- ENS Lyon: ESPCI Paris
- Sciences Po Paris: AgroParisTech and ENSAE Paris
- The Ecole navale: Arts & Métiers ParisTech
- ISAE-SUPAÉRO: ESPCI Paris
- ENAC: Arts & Métiers ParisTech
- ISAE-ENSMA: Arts & Métiers ParisTech
- ENSCI: Arts & Métiers ParisTech
- ESTP Paris: Arts & Métiers ParisTech
- IAE Aix-en-Provence: Arts & Métiers ParisTech
- IFP School: Arts & Métiers ParisTech, Chimie ParisTech, ESPCI Paris
- INSTN: Arts & Métiers ParisTech
- CentraleSupélec: Arts & Métiers ParisTech
Other dual degree programmes have been set up with French universities, primarily those which are part of the same groups as the ParisTech schools (PSL, Université Paris-Saclay, etc.):
- The Institute for Higher Education in Biomedical Science (IFSBM) of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris-Sud University: Institut d’Optique;
- The Faculty of Pharmacy of Paris Descartes University: Chimie ParisTech;
- The Paris-Dauphine School of Journalism (IPJ): Chimie ParisTech;
Finally, the ParisTech schools have also developed a network of international partners (particularly in emerging countries) with whom dual degree programmes are also possible.