Master 1



The master of mechanics of IP Paris offers a high level research oriented graduate degree program covering a wide range of scientific domains from fundamental to applied mechanics.
The research areas concern smart structures, bio-mechanics, environmental sciences, complex fluids, turbulence, waves and metamaterials for instance.

Language of instruction: both English and French tracks are proposed
ECTS: 60
Oriented: research and industrial R&D
Duration: 1 year
Courses Location : École polytechnique, ENSTA Paris

Educational objectives

The aim of this program is to provide a set of general concepts in mechanics as well as the most advanced and recent results of the research in the various domains of the program.
The first year consists in a common program that introduces all the fundamental knowledge and tools, followed by a set of elective classes on the different specialized domains.

Program structure

Common courses

  • Continuum mechanics (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Environment: atmosphere/ocean (3ECTS, X)
  • Experimental methods (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Incompressible flows (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Mathematical tools for mechanics (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Numerical methods (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Waves and vibrations (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Languages (5 ECTS)

Elective courses (4 to be chosen)

  • Acoustics in fluid media (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Climate (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Compressible flows (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Data and signal processing (3ECTS, X)
  • Elastic solids (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Finite element method (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Fluid mechanics (advanced) (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Fluid-structure interactions (3 ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Mechanical principles of living organisms (3ECTS, X)
  • Mechanics of materials (3ECTS, X/ENSTA)
  • Microfluidics (3ECTS, X)
  • Propagation of elastic and acoustic waves in inhomogeneous media (3ECTS, ENSTA)
  • Introductory research project (3ECTS)

Research project in the lab (22 ECTS)

Career prospects

This program offers the possibility for each student to build her/his own degree providing various attractive opportunities, either in academic or industrial top research laboratories, or directly towards the advanced applicative domains (aerospace, biomedical engineering, energy, environment, …)

Involved Paris labs

Institutional partners

  • Sorbonne Université
  • Paris 5
  • Onera
  • CEA
  • Caltech
  • Columbia

Industrial partners

  • AREVA, Renault
  • Safran, Michelin
  • Thalès
  • Naval Group
  • SNCF

Chairs and partnerships

  • EDF
  • PSA


Application guidelines for a master’s program at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

  • Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) in physics, mathematics….

Language prerequisites

  • English or French

Application timeline

Deadlines for the Master application sessions are as follows:
– First session: February 28, 2020
– Second session: April 30, 2020
– Third Session (optional): June 30, 2020 (only if there are availabilities remaining after the 2 first sessions)
Applications not finalized for a session will automatically be carried over to the next session.

You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.
You can check your application status by logging in your candidate space.

Tuition fees

National Master: Official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation (2019-2020, EU students: 243 euros / Non-EU students: 3770 euros)


Jean-François Semblat
Wave propagation and structural dynamics

Christophe Josserand
Fluid mechanics and interface dynamics