The energy sector is experiencing a massive transformation as awareness of climate change increasingly highlights the urgent need for a transition to a carbon-free world. The aim of the IP Paris Energy Master is to train the future researchers and engineers able to take up this challenge. It offers an interdisciplinary training program based on a variety of high level courses covering the energy sector: energy production technologies, optimization of energy usages, energy storage, climate change and energy transition, energy grid optimization, smart grids and IoT, data management and artificial intelligence. The first year (“Sciences and technologies for energy”) is a general training program with a large choice of elective courses. The second year is comprised of a set of common courses and three optional tracks: “Towards clean energy production”; “Energy infrastructures management”; “Optimizing energy utilizations”. Each year is completed by language and humanities courses and an internship.
The Master of Energy is designed for high level international students motivated by a career in scientific, engineering, social or economic sectors related to the energy transition. The main feature of the Master is to give students a large choice of courses covering all the disciplinary fields relevant to the energy sector: Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Mechanics, Material Sciences, Economy and Management. Besides mandatory courses that are intended to bring the required basics, a large part of these courses are elective.
Year 1: Sciences and technologies for energy
- Refresher and fundamental mandatory courses: 294 h, 25 ECTS
- Elective courses*: 180 h, 15 ECTS
- Bibliographical or short laboratory project: 2 ECTS
- Language and humanities: 40 h, 4 ECTS
- 12 weeks’ research internship – 14 ECTS
*Via the elective courses covering various topics including physics, engineering, applied mathematics, network management, etc., the student may build a personalized curriculum and prepare for the more specialized tracks in the second year.
Year 2: common courses + 3 options
Common mandatory courses
- Climate change & energy transition / GHG challenges & observation (36h – 4 ECTS); Economics of Energy Markets (18h – 2 ECTS); Engineering system (24 h – 2 ECTS)
- Languages and humanities (20 h – 2 ECTS)
3 options, 280 h – 28 ECTS each:
- Towards clean energy production: a set of elective courses in physics and engineering (20 ECTS), applied mathematics (4 ECTS), and economics (4 ECTS);
- Energy infrastructures management: a set of elective courses in physics and engineering (8 ECTS), applied mathematics and computer engineering (15 ECTS), and economics (5 ECTS);
- Optimizing energy utilizations: a set of elective courses in physics and engineering (8 ECTS), applied mathematics (8 ECTS) computer engineering (8 ECTS), and economics (4 ECTS);
- 20 to 24 weeks’ research or engineering internship – 22 ECTS
Around the world, the energy sector offers bright career opportunities for engineers with the advanced scientific and technical skills needed to drive the energy transition, complemented by a solid understanding of related economic and social issues. A variety of target careers may be cited: R&D engineers in wind or solar technologies, batteries or fuel cells development, pollutants treatment in energy industries; smart grid developer; wind farm or solar plant project manager; consultant in sustainable development; power analyst for the energy markets; public policy advisor…
For students wishing to pursue a PhD, the IP Paris laboratories involved in the Master, and their industrial or academic partners in France or abroad, provide numerous thesis subjects of the highest interest. The offer of PhD grants on topics related to energy transition and climate change mitigation will be strengthened through the Energy for Climate Interdisciplinary Center. For a limited number of students selected on the basis of academic excellence, the PhD track gives the opportunity to start working on a long-term research project while being funded from the beginning of the Master.
INVOLVED IP PARIS LABORATORIES
- CIRED (UMR 8568)
- CMAP (UMR 7641)
- CREST (UMR 9194)
- I3 (UMR 9217)
- IMSIA (UMR 9219)
- IPSL (FR 636)
- IPVF (UMR 9006)
- LADHYX (UMR 7646)
- LCM (UMR 9168)
- LIX (UMR 7161)
- LMD (UMR 8539)
- LMS (UMR 7649)
- LPICM (UMR 7647)
- LPMC (UMR 7643)
- LSI (UMR 7642)
- LSO (UMR 7652)
- SAMOVAR (UMR 5157)
- UCP (ENSTA Paris)
- U2IS (ENSTA Paris)
- UMA (ENSTA Paris)
IP Paris’ Master of Energy takes part in the Interdisciplinary Center “Energy for Climate” (EUR E4C), carried by the Polytechnique Institute of Paris. E4C gathers members from all the institutions of IP Paris (above mentioned laboratories), plus HEC Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (CEREA/ENPC & EDF; CERMICS/ENPC).
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 & 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).
For 1st year admission: Bachelor of Sciences from a good University; the level in fundamental disciplines (mathematics, physics, mechanics, chemistry) should be in the top 20% ranking.
For 2nd year admission: 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, applied mathematics, applied physics.
Depending on the target option, prerequisites in physical sciences, applied mathematics, and computer engineering will be requested.
Candidate should have a very good level in English (minimum B1, preferred B2 or C1); a good level in French is appreciated, though not mandatory