PhD Tracks

IP Paris is offering a five-year PhD program for students having already completed a Bachelor’s degree.


The aim of the program is to offer students, with outstanding academic records who are seeking an international career in either prestigious universities or leading companies, a five-year curriculum which will train them in cutting-edge research.

The PhD Track Program contains training periods within the IP Paris laboratories and allows students to gradually choose their thesis subject. This program must be part of a general subject and may be built onto training programs from several domains of study in order to better suit the student’s background and intended doctoral work.

This program allows students to interact directly with the scientific community. Each student’s work is overseen by a renowned lecturer-researcher.

Students and their tutor will work together to define the organization and content of their scientific project, including their schedules for classes and attendance in laboratories as well as setting internship periods. This gives students all the tools necessary to pursue an ambitious research project.

A Master’s Degree is granted upon completion of 120 ECTS credits.

Courses take place in a unique environment, made richer by the presence of world-class laboratories and R&D centers for leading French industrial groups such as Danone, EDF, Horiba and Air Liquide.


Requirements for graduation are set by steps and by the acquisition of relevant skills. These steps do not necessarily match the academic year calendar. This system favors gradual progression and encourages students’ autonomy. Close attention is given to the unique characteristics of each project.


  • 100 ECTS Credits earned in scientific subjects (courses & projects) including 90 ECTS Credits during the first two years of studies. 40 ECTS Credits must be dedicated to a scientific project.
  • 20 ECTS Credits earned in “transversal training” courses (vocational integration workshops, ethics, language courses, entrepreneurship/innovation).
  • A written report presented in front of jury, each year, on your research work or scientific project.
  • A written dissertation demonstrating the results of original research that meets the requirements for a PhD completed by a successful oral defense of their PhD research.

Your educational program is discussed with and approved by your tutor at the beginning of each year and may be redefined at any point during your studies. The student may change laboratories at the 6-month and 18-month mark and at these moments only. Some ECTS Credits may be acquired by transferring credits from your previous studies.

Once a student has earned at least 90 ECTS credits and set his/her research project (2 years after admission at the latest), he appears before the transfer jury which sits twice a year (once in June/July and once in January) to present his/her research project for the three following years. A time-schedule is set as an indication of the maximum time a student may take to complete his/her objectives. A student may, of course, complete his/her objectives sooner.

If the jury does not approve the student’s project or if the student chooses not to set himself/herself a research project, the student may be awarded a Master’s degree, provides he or she has earned 120 credits. If not, he or she may be granted 6 extra months to complete as many credits as necessary to reach a total of 120 ECTS credits.