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PhD track Energy for Climate

PhD track Energy for Climate
Program

PhD track in Energy for Climate

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

Degree 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

Asset n°2

Be closely associated with the research activities carried out in a world-renowned innovation cluster

Asset n°3

Benefit from individual and personalized supervision by a faculty member

The fight against global warming and climate change requires first and foremost to base policies on scientifically indisputable expertise, to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and to integrate renewable energies on existing networks. The energy field is characterized by the complexity of its technical aspects, by the importance of the economic and geopolitical interests at stake and by the seriousness of the health and safety issues for the populations.

This five-year PhD Track aims to train future researchers and engineers in the energy sector capable of responding to these new challenges. It starts with a two-year period with advanced courses related to the chosen field of study. Students also participate in research projects carried out by Institut Polytechnique de Paris Laboratories involved in the track and attend high-level seminars. Supervised by experienced researchers at the forefront of research on new energy solutions, they thus benefit from first-class research experience. At the end of the second year, the students who meet the academic requirements receive a Master Degree. Those who have achieved outstanding results and identified a thesis subject and a supervisor in one of the involved Labs are allowed to start a three-year PhD program.

Students are offered four pathways: 

  • Greenhouse gases (GHG) decrease
    Advanced courses and seminars on the physical and chemical principles of GHG formation, detection, capture, storage and valorization ; climate protection ; GHG mitigation.
  • Renewable energy development
    Advanced courses and seminars on the mathematical and physical principles and the engineering challenges of clean energy production and storage ; network management ; climate protection ; REN integration. 
  • Energy consumption decrease
    Advanced courses and seminars on the physical principles and engineering challenges of efficient energy conversion and storage; climate protection ; energy efficiency.
  • Feedback to energy policies
    Advanced courses and seminars on the physical principles, engineering challenges, environmental and economic issues of energy production, conversion, distribution and storage ; climate protection; energy transition.

Objectives

  • Provide a coherent training program, based on solid scientific bases, to students attracted by research in the field of energy
  • Acquire a high level knowledge of the scientific basis related to energy conversion technologies and the related environment and climate issues.
  • Get a broad comprehension of the economy and society impacts of the energy transition
  • Specialize in a variety of fields related to energy transition, GHG and related climate issues, to be chosen among the rich offer of IP Paris
  • Integrate into the world of research by spending time within the research Labs, conducting a research project under the supervision of a faculty member, writing a research report and preparing a first manuscript for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal.

The five-year curriculum of the PhD track trains students in cutting-edge research for them to pursue international careers in the laboratories involved in the Energy for Climate (E4C) Interdisciplinary Center of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, in prestigious universities or in leading companies in their domain.

The first two years of the PhD track are based on the Energy Master year 1 and year 2 at Institut Polytechnique de Paris. 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.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

Completion of a Bachelor in energy engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, sustainable development, with highest honors, at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad.
Evidence of research potential is essential as the main goal of such a PhD program is to train first class researchers. 
Students who have completed the first year of an equivalent program may exceptionally be directly admitted to the second year (4-year PhD program).

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students who previously studied in English.

Language prerequisites

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students who previously studied 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

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

Fees and scholarships

  • 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

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates

Coordinator

General enquiry

Description

The fight against global warming and climate change requires first and foremost to base policies on scientifically indisputable expertise, to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and to integrate renewable energies on existing networks. The energy field is characterized by the complexity of its technical aspects, by the importance of the economic and geopolitical interests at stake and by the seriousness of the health and safety issues for the populations.

This five-year PhD Track aims to train future researchers and engineers in the energy sector capable of responding to these new challenges. It starts with a two-year period with advanced courses related to the chosen field of study. Students also participate in research projects carried out by Institut Polytechnique de Paris Laboratories involved in the track and attend high-level seminars. Supervised by experienced researchers at the forefront of research on new energy solutions, they thus benefit from first-class research experience. At the end of the second year, the students who meet the academic requirements receive a Master Degree. Those who have achieved outstanding results and identified a thesis subject and a supervisor in one of the involved Labs are allowed to start a three-year PhD program.

Students are offered four pathways: 

  • Greenhouse gases (GHG) decrease
    Advanced courses and seminars on the physical and chemical principles of GHG formation, detection, capture, storage and valorization ; climate protection ; GHG mitigation.
  • Renewable energy development
    Advanced courses and seminars on the mathematical and physical principles and the engineering challenges of clean energy production and storage ; network management ; climate protection ; REN integration. 
  • Energy consumption decrease
    Advanced courses and seminars on the physical principles and engineering challenges of efficient energy conversion and storage; climate protection ; energy efficiency.
  • Feedback to energy policies
    Advanced courses and seminars on the physical principles, engineering challenges, environmental and economic issues of energy production, conversion, distribution and storage ; climate protection; energy transition.

Objectives

  • Provide a coherent training program, based on solid scientific bases, to students attracted by research in the field of energy
  • Acquire a high level knowledge of the scientific basis related to energy conversion technologies and the related environment and climate issues.
  • Get a broad comprehension of the economy and society impacts of the energy transition
  • Specialize in a variety of fields related to energy transition, GHG and related climate issues, to be chosen among the rich offer of IP Paris
  • Integrate into the world of research by spending time within the research Labs, conducting a research project under the supervision of a faculty member, writing a research report and preparing a first manuscript for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal.

The five-year curriculum of the PhD track trains students in cutting-edge research for them to pursue international careers in the laboratories involved in the Energy for Climate (E4C) Interdisciplinary Center of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, in prestigious universities or in leading companies in their domain.

The first two years of the PhD track are based on the Energy Master year 1 and year 2 at Institut Polytechnique de Paris. 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.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

Completion of a Bachelor in energy engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, sustainable development, with highest honors, at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad.
Evidence of research potential is essential as the main goal of such a PhD program is to train first class researchers. 
Students who have completed the first year of an equivalent program may exceptionally be directly admitted to the second year (4-year PhD program).

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students who previously studied in English.

Language prerequisites

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students who previously studied 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

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

Fees and scholarships

  • 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

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates

Coordinator

General enquiry