Master 2

Towards Clean Energy Production


The second year of the Energy Master is comprised of three M2 tracks (or options), sharing a set of common courses (10 ECTS) and specialized courses (28 ECTS). A 20- to 24-weeks final internship accounts for the 22 remaining ECTS. The common courses introduce the energy transition for climate change mitigation, the global approach of engineering systems, the economics of energy markets, and language courses.
The M2 track entitled “Towards clean energy production” is intended for students motivated by the energy transition from the point of view of low carbon energy production technologies. A large part of the courses (20 ECTS) are to be chosen among a vast choice of physical sciences and engineering courses related to renewable energies. They are completed with applied mathematics and a specialized course in economy.

Language of instruction: English
ECTS: 60
Oriented: Research
Duration: 1 year
Courses Location: IP Paris Campus

Educational objectives

At the end of M2 « Towards clean energy production », students will have a global awareness of the challenges of the energy transition. They will have acquired a high level of knowledge of the scientific and technological aspects of clean energy production. Thanks to a large choice of elective courses they will have the opportunity to get specialized in various fields, such as solar, wind, or bio sourced energies. They will also have experience in mathematical optimization applied to the energy sector and a broad understanding of energy economics. They will therefore be able to solve complex problems in an international context, taking into account all the relevant technical, economic, social and environmental problems.

Program structure

The program of M2 « Towards clean energy production » is composed of courses common to all M2 options, a set of specific elective or mandatory courses, and an internship.

4 common mandatory courses: 10 ECTS
Climate change & energy transition; lectures and exercise; 36 h; 4 ECTS; Philippe Drobinski
Systems engineering; lectures and exercise; 24 h; 2 ECTS; Omar Hammami
Economics of Energy Markets; lectures and exercise; 18h; 2 ECTS; David Benatia
Languages and humanities; 20 h; 2 ECTS

5 elective courses (20 ECTS) in energy technology, to be chosen among:
Today and tomorrow fuels; lectures and exercise; 42h; 4 ECTS; Laurent Catoire
Zero carbon energies; lectures and exercise; 42h; 4 ECTS; Didier Dalmazzone
Thin film photovoltaics; lectures and exercise; 36h; 4 ECTS; Pere Roca
PV technologies in industry; lectures and exercise; 36h; 4 ECTS; Erik Johnson
Polymers for PV; lectures and exercise; 36h; 4 ECTS; Gilles Horowitz
Renewable thermal energies; lectures and exercise; 36 h; 4 ECTS; Didier Dalmazzone
Wind power; lectures and exercise; 36 h; 4 ECTS; Fawaz Massouh
Nature-based solution to substitute fossil fuels; lectures and exercise; 36 h; 4 ECTS; Benoît Gabrielle

1 mandatory course (4 ECTS) in applied mathematics:
Continuous Optimisation and operational reserach; lectures and exercise; 42h; 4 ECTS; Sourour Elloumi

1 elective course (4 ECTS) in economy, to be chosen among:
Valuing and managing natural resources; lectures and exercise; 36h; 4 ECTS; Guy Meunier
Energy economics with a geography focus; lectures and exercise; 36h; 4 ECTS; Geoffrey Barrows
Economic analysis of the energy sector; lectures and exercise; 36h; 4 ECTS; Stéphanie Monjon

Research or engineering internship of 20 to 24 weeks: 22 ECTS

Industrial partners

Numerous industrial partners are involved in the Energy Master in different manners:
• by funding Master scholarships for selected students
• by funding chairs that promote education actions
• by contributing to courses, giving lectures
• by offering internships
• by proposing subjects for collective projects
• by participating in the development council.

The following companies may be cited as examples: Total; ENGIE; EDF; PSA Peugeot Citroën; Saint-Gobain; Schneider Electric; Air Liquide; Alstom; Cogenpower; Nam.R; Zinium; etc.

Some of these companies are strongly involved in the E4C Interdisciplinary Center and participate in the development of demonstrators and platforms. Master’s students thus have the opportunity to take practical training on pilot-scale research facilities, by addressing topics directly related to the major issues of the energy transition during their internships.

Chairs and partnerships

Several chairs and sponsorships are active in the frame of E4C, the funding strategy of which relies on different sources:
• state subsidies through the institution members of IP Paris, CNRS, ENPC, CEA
• research contracts
• sponsorships and chairs in place at a Foundation of one IP Paris institution member, which subject is directly linked to E4C research and education program.

E4C thus ensures a close relationship between research and education activities on the topics of energy transition and climate change remediation, and promotes an environment of close collaboration with industrial companies in the sector. As an EUR (Ecole Universitaire de Recherche) initiative, E4C should gain public subsidies that will be used to strengthen this link and promote public-private synergisms in research and education. The involvement of students of the E4C education program in research activities takes the following forms:
• master student group projects conducted in host E4C labs (about 30 projects per year)
• internships proposed by host E4C labs at master level with possible follow-up in PhD (12 internships per year)
• PhD tracks (4 PhD tracks per year)


Application guidelines for a master’s program at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

  • M1 “Sciences and technologies for energy” or first year Master of Sciences (or Master of Sciences and Technologies) in one of the following specialties: energy engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, material sciences, chemical engineering, sustainable development.

Language prerequisites

  • Candidates should have a very good level in English (minimum B2, preferred C1)
  • A good level in French is appreciated, though not mandatory.

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.

Tuition fees

International Master: EU students : 4250 euros / Non-EU students: 6250 euros


Pr. Laurent CATOIRE, ENSTA Paris