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PhD track Bioengineering and Quantitative Life Sciences

PhD track Bioengineering and Quantitative Life Sciences
Program

PhD track in Bioengineering and Quantitative Life Sciences

 

ECTS Credits

120 (first two years)

Language

English

Orientation

Research

Location

Palaiseau Campus

Course duration

Two years (coursework period), followed by a three-year dissertation phase

Course start

September

Degrees awarded

Master’s degree (after the first two years), PhD (on completion of the dissertation)

WHY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?

Asset n° 1  

Get ready for a PhD by starting research at an early stage through an integrated 5-year Master’s/PhD program

Asset n°2 

Have ready access to world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research laboratories

Asset n°3

Benefit from individual and personalized supervision from an assigned faculty mentor

The Bioengineering and Quantitative Life Sciences PhD Track is a 5-year integrated Master’s/PhD program that provides highly interdisciplinary research-intensive training in the broad Life Sciences. The program is open to outstanding students from a variety of scientific backgrounds who have completed their undergraduate training with highest honors and who are interested in tackling cutting-edge research in this field using a multi-disciplinary approach.

Students apply to one of the following three tracks: 

The Mathematics for Living Systems Track is intended for students with previous training in mathematics or computer science who are interested in the field of mathematical life sciences. It provides complete and structured training in the application of mathematics to the life sciences (biology, medicine, ecology). Its originality lies in its mathematical anchoring and the breadth of the spectrum of common mathematical skills acquired by graduates and the variety of specializations in modeling for the life sciences offered to them. Students specialize in the field of their choice among:

  • Ecology and evolution models
  • Machine learning in biology and medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Mathematics for Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 

For more information:  https://sites.google.com/view/m2-msv/accueil

The BME Track is intended for students with previous training in engineering, physics, or applied mathematics who are interested in applying their skills to the field of biomechanics and biomedical engineering. It provides students with state-of-the-art training in the application of physical science and engineering concepts and technologies for exploring living systems and understanding, diagnosing, and treating disease. The structure of the program is as follows:

Year 1: Core training common to all students. The training consists of 8 required courses and 4 elective courses as detailed in the description of the Biomedical Engineering: Biomechanics & Biophysics (BME) Track of the Mechanics first year Master’s (M1) program

Year 2: Specialized training focusing on the following four subtracks:

  • Biophysics and Biomechanics
  • Imaging and Image-Based Modeling
  • Sensors and Devices
  • Biomaterials

Students select one of these four subtacks as their Major and another one as their Minor. The curriculum consists of 10 courses: 6 classes in the Major subtrack, 3 courses in the Minor subtrack, and one free elective. The courses in each subtrack are detailed in the description of the Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering second year Master’s (M2) program

The Biology and Interfaces Track is intended for students who are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary and quantitative approach to molecular and cellular biology. It maintains a strong link between reductive molecular and structural approaches, as well as between more integrated approaches of cell biology, organism development and new therapeutic strategies. This multidisciplinary program looks at progress in biology (observation, sequencing, synthesis of the genome and omic approaches) through dialog with other disciplines including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and mechanics. It also deals with ethical questions concerning bio-technological applications.

Objectives

The program allows students to:

  • Prepare for a PhD
  • Benefit from a multidisciplinary approach
  • Start conducting research in a stimulating learning environment
  • Benefit from a high level multidisciplinary environment

The five-year curriculum of the PhD track trains students in cutting-edge research for them to pursue international careers in prestigious universities or leading companies in the life science domain. 

Every year, the program of every student has to be discussed and validated by his/her tutor, who is a member of the IP Paris faculty. According to the student’s specialization wishes, the course program will be individualized as much as possible.

Internships are mandatory. The duration of the internships and the associated number of ECTS credit units vary by track.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

  • Mathematics of Living Systems (MSV) Track: Bachelor of Science in mathematics
  • Biomedical Engineering: Biomechanics & Biophysics (BME) Track: Bachelor of Science in engineering, physical sciences, applied mathematics, or chemistry
  • Biology and Interfaces Track: Licence/Bachelor of Science in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, informatics

Students who have completed the first year of an equivalent program may exceptionally be directly admitted to the second year (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students whose previous training was conducted in English.

How to apply

Applications are exclusively online. You will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript 
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)  
  • CV/resume 
  • Statement of purpose
  • English language proficiency (minimum level of B2)

You will receive an admission decision in your candidate space within 2 months following the closing date of the application session.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for 2022-2023

  • Regular fees: 243€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

The program awards scholarships that cover tuition fees and/or living costs to selected outstanding students, and all applicants will be automatically considered for these scholarships. 

Applications and admissions dates

Coordinator

Program office

General enquiry

Description

The Bioengineering and Quantitative Life Sciences PhD Track is a 5-year integrated Master’s/PhD program that provides highly interdisciplinary research-intensive training in the broad Life Sciences. The program is open to outstanding students from a variety of scientific backgrounds who have completed their undergraduate training with highest honors and who are interested in tackling cutting-edge research in this field using a multi-disciplinary approach.

Students apply to one of the following three tracks: 

The Mathematics for Living Systems Track is intended for students with previous training in mathematics or computer science who are interested in the field of mathematical life sciences. It provides complete and structured training in the application of mathematics to the life sciences (biology, medicine, ecology). Its originality lies in its mathematical anchoring and the breadth of the spectrum of common mathematical skills acquired by graduates and the variety of specializations in modeling for the life sciences offered to them. Students specialize in the field of their choice among:

  • Ecology and evolution models
  • Machine learning in biology and medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Mathematics for Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 

For more information:  https://sites.google.com/view/m2-msv/accueil

The BME Track is intended for students with previous training in engineering, physics, or applied mathematics who are interested in applying their skills to the field of biomechanics and biomedical engineering. It provides students with state-of-the-art training in the application of physical science and engineering concepts and technologies for exploring living systems and understanding, diagnosing, and treating disease. The structure of the program is as follows:

Year 1: Core training common to all students. The training consists of 8 required courses and 4 elective courses as detailed in the description of the Biomedical Engineering: Biomechanics & Biophysics (BME) Track of the Mechanics first year Master’s (M1) program

Year 2: Specialized training focusing on the following four subtracks:

  • Biophysics and Biomechanics
  • Imaging and Image-Based Modeling
  • Sensors and Devices
  • Biomaterials

Students select one of these four subtacks as their Major and another one as their Minor. The curriculum consists of 10 courses: 6 classes in the Major subtrack, 3 courses in the Minor subtrack, and one free elective. The courses in each subtrack are detailed in the description of the Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering second year Master’s (M2) program

The Biology and Interfaces Track is intended for students who are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary and quantitative approach to molecular and cellular biology. It maintains a strong link between reductive molecular and structural approaches, as well as between more integrated approaches of cell biology, organism development and new therapeutic strategies. This multidisciplinary program looks at progress in biology (observation, sequencing, synthesis of the genome and omic approaches) through dialog with other disciplines including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and mechanics. It also deals with ethical questions concerning bio-technological applications.

Objectives

The program allows students to:

  • Prepare for a PhD
  • Benefit from a multidisciplinary approach
  • Start conducting research in a stimulating learning environment
  • Benefit from a high level multidisciplinary environment

The five-year curriculum of the PhD track trains students in cutting-edge research for them to pursue international careers in prestigious universities or leading companies in the life science domain. 

Every year, the program of every student has to be discussed and validated by his/her tutor, who is a member of the IP Paris faculty. According to the student’s specialization wishes, the course program will be individualized as much as possible.

Internships are mandatory. The duration of the internships and the associated number of ECTS credit units vary by track.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

  • Mathematics of Living Systems (MSV) Track: Bachelor of Science in mathematics
  • Biomedical Engineering: Biomechanics & Biophysics (BME) Track: Bachelor of Science in engineering, physical sciences, applied mathematics, or chemistry
  • Biology and Interfaces Track: Licence/Bachelor of Science in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, informatics

Students who have completed the first year of an equivalent program may exceptionally be directly admitted to the second year (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students whose previous training was conducted in English.

How to apply

Applications are exclusively online. You will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript 
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)  
  • CV/resume 
  • Statement of purpose
  • English language proficiency (minimum level of B2)

You will receive an admission decision in your candidate space within 2 months following the closing date of the application session.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for 2022-2023

  • Regular fees: 243€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

The program awards scholarships that cover tuition fees and/or living costs to selected outstanding students, and all applicants will be automatically considered for these scholarships. 

Applications and admissions dates

Coordinator

Program office

General enquiry