PhD Track

Vibrations, Waves and Acoustics


The problems related to vibrations, waves and acoustics are found in many industrial fields, such as transportation, energy, and entertainment. The PhD Track “Vibrations, Waves and Acoustics” of IP Paris is designed to provide students advanced scientific skills in the domain of wave propagation and dynamics in fluid and solid media. A strong emphasis is made on multi-disciplinary skills useful in many applications, such as signal processing, identification, optimization and human perception. This program is proposed to students with excellent skills in Mechanics in order for them to develop an ambitious research project in one of the following topics:

  • non destructive testing
  • geophysical prospecting
  • structural acoustics and nonlinear vibrations
  • electroacoustics and active materials
  • aeroacoustics and fluid-structure interaction

Language of instruction: English
ECTS: 120 for the first 2 years of MSc
Oriented: Research
Duration: MSc (2 years) and a PhD (3 years)
Courses Location: IP Paris  (Ecole Polytechnique and ENSTA 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. Language and cultural courses will be added to the program according to the background of the students.

The first year will combine a core of compulsory courses together with optional courses related to vibrations, waves and acoustics: Acoustics in fluid media, Data and signal processing, Fluid-structure interactions, Propagation of elastic and acoustic waves in inhomogeneous media. A research project in one of the associated research lab will be done during the second semester.

The program of the second year will include optional courses taken from the Master programs in Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, or from other Master programs if this is consistent with the research project. The second semester of the second year is devoted to a research project in one of the associated research labs, that will allow the student and the supervisor(s) to fine-tune the PhD project of 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.

Involved Laboratories


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.