Master 2



The Biomechanics track aims to provide students trained in mechanics, physics, or applied mathematics with state-of-the-art training in the exciting field of biomechanics. Biomechanics is defined as the application of mechanics to biological and biomedical systems at scales ranging from single molecules to whole organs or tissues. The program consists of two academic quarters in which a total of ten courses need to be completed. Typical courses include biomechanics, biofluid mechanics, cell mechanics, modeling of active and passive biomechanical systems, and biomimetics. The coursework is followed by a 5- to 6-month research internship. Although the research internships are most commonly conducted in academic laboratories, internships in industry are also possible. The program prepares students for either doctoral studies or industrial research and development positions.

Language of instruction: English

ECTS: 60

Oriented: research

Duration: (nombre d’années, typiquement 2 ans ou 1 an) : 1 year

Courses Location: Ecole Polytechnique

Educational objectives

The Biomechanics track provides students with a level of specialization in the rapidly growing field of biomechanics.

Program structure

Students are required to complete a total of ten courses over the course of two academic quarters. The coursework is followed by a 5- to 6-month research laboratory. Core and complementary courses, with the corresponding ECTS units and instructors, for the Biomechanics track include the following:


  • Biofluid Mechanics and Mass Transport, 3 ECTS, A. Barakat
  • Biomechanics in Health and Disease: 3 ECTS, A. Barakat
  • Cell Mechanics; 3 ECTS, J. Husson
  • Biomimetics, 3 ECTS, E. de Langre
  • Biomaterials, 3 ECTS, TBD
  • Biophotonics, 3 ECTS, C. Bouzigues
  • Active Matter and Motility, 3 ECTS, R. Godoy-Diana
  • Interfaces/Microfluidics, 3 ECTS, D. Quere and C. Baroud
  • Advanced Experimental Methods: Fluids, 3 ECTS, TBD
  • Mechanics of Inelastic Materials and Structures, 3 ECTS, TBD
  • Modeling of Active and Passive Biomechanical Systems, 3 ECTS, D. Chapelle
  • Fracture Mechanics, 3 ECTS, K. Pham & K. Danas
  • Smart Materials and Structures, 3 ECTS, TBD
  • Physique des Objets Biologiques, 3 ECTS, TBD

Involved laboratories

For its core curriculum, the Biomechanics track draws on coursework from the following four laboratories of IP Paris:

Career prospects

The Biomechanics track prepares its graduates for either doctoral studies or industrial research and development positions. Industrial opportunities abound in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Furthermore, recent years have seen a rapid rise in employment opportunities within the startup/innovation sector. Additional opportunities exist in the burgeoning connected and personalized health field.

Institutional partners

Chairs and partnerships

  • AXA Chair for Cardiovascular Bioengineering
  • Bettencourt Biomedical Innovation Chair


Application guidelines for a master’s program at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

  • Completion of the 1st year of a master program (Master 1)
  • Students in the Biomechanics track typically come from the fields of mechanics, physics, or applied mathematics.
  • In all cases, prior training in basic mechanics including solid and fluid mechanics is required.
  • No formal training in the biological sciences is required.

Language prerequisites

  • In light of the fact that the program is taught entirely in English, strong command of English is required.

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)


Abdul Barakat