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PhD Programs

The Institut Polytechnique de Paris offers a PhD training program open to the best national and international students, enabling them to work in cutting-edge research topics.
PhD Programs

Why pursue a PhD at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris?

As a postgraduate degree whose excellence is recognized worldwide, a PhD degree opens doors to highly skilled jobs in both the private and public sectors. Our doctoral programs are designed to develop outstanding researchers who have a deep understanding of the scientific and practical issues they study. In addition to the academic world, a PhD paves the way for major long-term careers that rely on the specific skills acquired during the doctoral training, which are widely recognized in the socio-economic world for highly qualified employment.

Research partnerships

Institut Polytechnique de Paris welcomes young researchers from diverse backgrounds to its laboratories to work on their thesis research. Whatever the chosen field of study, students will benefit from the partnerships IP Paris has with major national and international research institutes (CNRS, Inria, CEA, Weizmann Institute of Science…).

IP Paris also partners with high-tech companies and major multinational groups. The doctoral theses have a strong collaborative component. They benefit from the CIFRE agreement, the numerous Chairs established in IP Paris and the doctoral training networks and European partnerships.

Entrepreneurial support

From the admission and until graduation, PhD students are accompanied. IP Paris provides a personalized follow-up for each PhD student and offers a variety of professional openings, providing the best recruitment opportunities in line with the ambitions of each doctoral student.

The purpose of this support is threefold:

  • to improve the quality of training
  • to increase the employability of the doctoral student
  • to reinforce access to the world of entrepreneurship.

PhD programs at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris  

PhD in three years

IP Paris will offer 3-year PhD programs in a variety of disciplinary fields. The doctoral research conducted within IP Paris is based on 30 laboratories and takes place in a high-quality scientific environment. PhD students are offered the opportunity to conduct their PhD with companies with renowned R&D departments.    

PhD Track in five years

IP Paris offers a unique course for students with a bachelor’s degree: the PhD Track. This selective, personalised course allows master’s students to gradually develop their thesis topic. They are immersed in cutting-edge research laboratories, giving them skills to approach future scientific work.

Doctoral School of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (ED IP Paris)

Within 30 laboratories, ED IP Paris offers a rich PhD training ranging from basic to applied research.

Hadamard Doctoral School of Mathematics (EDMH)

The EDMH brings together all PhDs in fundamental and applied mathematics within the perimeter of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris and the University Paris-Saclay.

There are two ways to enrol for a doctorate at IP Paris:

  • Get into contact with a researcher/professor from one of the IP-Paris laboratories, develop in collaboration with him/her a PhD project and discuss funding possibilities. This is generally done in the middle of the M2 year, when choosing research internships. Once a few compulsory documents have been collected (thesis project, CV, M2 grades, letter of support from the thesis supervisor), one must obtain the agreements from the director of the laboratory and the director of the doctoral school. Then the application can be deposited on ADUM.
  • Consult the thesis proposals of IP Paris schools, some of which are open for applications:

Through its two doctoral schools, the Institut Polytechnique de Paris offers multidisciplinary doctoral training in seven areas of research:

Enrollment and re-enrollment

Any academic year started is due (total registration fees, not pro rata) regardless of the thesis start date. The period of an academic year is from 01/09 to 31/08 of the following year and re-registrations must be made between 01/09 and 30/11 even if the thesis has started late. 4th year doctoral students who will defend their thesis before December 31st do not have to re-register, nor pay the CVEC contribution, nor pay the tuition fees.

Procedure of thesis defense

PhD thesis defense by videoconference

Order of 27 October 2020 relating to the use of video-conferencing for the presentation of work within the framework of an (HDR) and a thesis defense

In this context of new lockdown, the activity of the laboratories duly reorganized continues. In particular, the thesis defenses must continue. For the thesis defenses planned during this period, the dematerialized solution is preferred and the thesis defenses must preferably take place by videoconference (using Zoom or other tools, Zoom access may be requested to the Doctoral School).

Additional documentation for application and affiliation to the doctoral school are available in French.

PhD Thesis Award 2020

The Institut Polytechnique de Paris will award annually three prizes to the students who have produced the best PhD thesis and made the most outstanding contributions in one of the following fields: Physics; Biology and Chemistry; Information, Communications, Electronics; Computer Science, Data, and Artificial Intelligence; Engineering, Mechanics, and Energetics; Economics, Management, and Social Sciences; and Mathematics.

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Why pursue a PhD at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris?

As a postgraduate degree whose excellence is recognized worldwide, a PhD degree opens doors to highly skilled jobs in both the private and public sectors. Our doctoral programs are designed to develop outstanding researchers who have a deep understanding of the scientific and practical issues they study. In addition to the academic world, a PhD paves the way for major long-term careers that rely on the specific skills acquired during the doctoral training, which are widely recognized in the socio-economic world for highly qualified employment.

Research partnerships

Institut Polytechnique de Paris welcomes young researchers from diverse backgrounds to its laboratories to work on their thesis research. Whatever the chosen field of study, students will benefit from the partnerships IP Paris has with major national and international research institutes (CNRS, Inria, CEA, Weizmann Institute of Science…).

IP Paris also partners with high-tech companies and major multinational groups. The doctoral theses have a strong collaborative component. They benefit from the CIFRE agreement, the numerous Chairs established in IP Paris and the doctoral training networks and European partnerships.

Entrepreneurial support

From the admission and until graduation, PhD students are accompanied. IP Paris provides a personalized follow-up for each PhD student and offers a variety of professional openings, providing the best recruitment opportunities in line with the ambitions of each doctoral student.

The purpose of this support is threefold:

  • to improve the quality of training
  • to increase the employability of the doctoral student
  • to reinforce access to the world of entrepreneurship.

PhD programs at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris  

PhD in three years

IP Paris will offer 3-year PhD programs in a variety of disciplinary fields. The doctoral research conducted within IP Paris is based on 30 laboratories and takes place in a high-quality scientific environment. PhD students are offered the opportunity to conduct their PhD with companies with renowned R&D departments.    

PhD Track in five years

IP Paris offers a unique course for students with a bachelor’s degree: the PhD Track. This selective, personalised course allows master’s students to gradually develop their thesis topic. They are immersed in cutting-edge research laboratories, giving them skills to approach future scientific work.

Doctoral School of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (ED IP Paris)

Within 30 laboratories, ED IP Paris offers a rich PhD training ranging from basic to applied research.

Hadamard Doctoral School of Mathematics (EDMH)

The EDMH brings together all PhDs in fundamental and applied mathematics within the perimeter of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris and the University Paris-Saclay.

There are two ways to enrol for a doctorate at IP Paris:

  • Get into contact with a researcher/professor from one of the IP-Paris laboratories, develop in collaboration with him/her a PhD project and discuss funding possibilities. This is generally done in the middle of the M2 year, when choosing research internships. Once a few compulsory documents have been collected (thesis project, CV, M2 grades, letter of support from the thesis supervisor), one must obtain the agreements from the director of the laboratory and the director of the doctoral school. Then the application can be deposited on ADUM.
  • Consult the thesis proposals of IP Paris schools, some of which are open for applications:

Through its two doctoral schools, the Institut Polytechnique de Paris offers multidisciplinary doctoral training in seven areas of research:

Enrollment and re-enrollment

Any academic year started is due (total registration fees, not pro rata) regardless of the thesis start date. The period of an academic year is from 01/09 to 31/08 of the following year and re-registrations must be made between 01/09 and 30/11 even if the thesis has started late. 4th year doctoral students who will defend their thesis before December 31st do not have to re-register, nor pay the CVEC contribution, nor pay the tuition fees.

Procedure of thesis defense

PhD thesis defense by videoconference

Order of 27 October 2020 relating to the use of video-conferencing for the presentation of work within the framework of an (HDR) and a thesis defense

In this context of new lockdown, the activity of the laboratories duly reorganized continues. In particular, the thesis defenses must continue. For the thesis defenses planned during this period, the dematerialized solution is preferred and the thesis defenses must preferably take place by videoconference (using Zoom or other tools, Zoom access may be requested to the Doctoral School).

Additional documentation for application and affiliation to the doctoral school are available in French.

PhD Thesis Award 2020

The Institut Polytechnique de Paris will award annually three prizes to the students who have produced the best PhD thesis and made the most outstanding contributions in one of the following fields: Physics; Biology and Chemistry; Information, Communications, Electronics; Computer Science, Data, and Artificial Intelligence; Engineering, Mechanics, and Energetics; Economics, Management, and Social Sciences; and Mathematics.