PhD Track

Mechanics and Interactions


Mechanics is a basic science allowing to face the current challenges of our society such as energy, smart materials and systems, health, environment, climate. It thus bridges the gap between fundamental science and innovative technologies.

The PhD Track “Mechanics and Interactions” of the “Institut Polytechnique de Paris” combines advanced academic knowledge in Mechanics together with long term research projects on complex interactions in such fields (fluids, solids, turbulence, waves, metamaterials, etc.). The program is proposed to students with excellent skills in Mechanics and ambition to perform a PhD in the stimulating research environment of the “Institut Polytechnique de Paris”.

Program Structure

The academic program of the first two years of the PhD Track is defined as a selection of courses from the Master program in “Mechanics” of IP Paris. Depending on the student background, a mentor will be selected among the Community of Mechanics. He will interact with the student in order to establish his personal academic training for the first two years, closely coupled to his field of interest for his PhD project. The training combines scientific courses with research projects performed in the environment of IP Paris. The student will have to choose a research unit and a research project at the beginning of his training. He will have the ability to adjust his project and laboratory at the end of the first semester and at the end of the third semester.

The first year will combine a core of compulsory courses (among: continuum mechanics, atmosphere/ocean, experimental methods, incompressible flows, numerical methods, waves and vibrations) together with optional courses (among: climate, compressible flows, data processing, elastic solids, finite element method, advanced fluid mechanics, mechanical principles of living organisms, mechanics of materials, microfluidics, elastic and acoustic waves). At the beginning of the first semester, the student will have to choose an introductory research project with a formal evaluation and adjust his academic program. A second research project in the lab will be done during the second semester. Language and cultural courses will be added to the program according to the background of the students.

The program of the second year will include optional courses taken from the M2 programs in “Mechanics” (choice of 10 courses among 46 proposed in the 5 different tracks: biomechanics, fluids, solids, vibrations, environment). A six-months research projects is also included in this program. It will be evaluated on the basis of a written report and oral examination. The research project will lead to a better tuning of the PhD project for the following three years. Language and cultural courses will also be part of the training program during the second year.

The following three years will be devoted the PhD project according to the rules defined by the doctoral school of IP Paris.


Application guidelines for a PhD Track at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

Licence/BSc (or equivalent diploma) with highest honors.

Students may also have the possibility to start the PhD Program in the second year of the MSc (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites


Application timeline

The deadline for PhD Track application is February 28, 2020 – Extended to March 22, 2020
Eligible applicants on the basis of the provided documentation will be contacted for an interview from the 15th of March onwards.

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

Annual tuition fees for year 1 and 2 (MSc): for PhD track students IP Paris has decided to subsidize the tuition fees for Years 1 and 2 bringing them down from 6250 Euros (non EU students) / 4250 Euros (EU students) to the level of the official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation for EU students (243 Euros in 2019-2020) 
Annual tuition fees for year 3 to 5 (PhD): Official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation ( EU and non EU students pay the EU fees ; 380 euros in 2019-2020)
An annual scholarship may be granted to the best applicants for the first 2 years (MSc). Modalities will be communicated by February 15th 2020.
Successful applicants will obtain a three-year PhD scholarship for year 3 to 5.


Jean-François Semblat