Thanks to its 23 research laboratories, 22 of which are co-supervised with the CNRS, École Polytechnique provides its students with an exceptional learning environment and a training at the cutting edge of new discoveries and societal innovations. Its professors and research professors are at the forefront of scientific advances and thus complement their students' teaching programs with current knowledge in fundamental and applied research. Students can also take advantage of the scientific conferences and seminars held at the School throughout the year on contemporary research topics.
Ingénieur Polytechnicien students
While research has always been paramount at the School, since 2013, education through research has been emphasized in the curriculum of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien program. Scientific conferences from the first year onwards, a stronger role for collective scientific projects that allow second-year students to work on a concrete problem in the laboratories: several actions have been put in place to reinforce the porosity between training and research. They allow students to confront current research issues and discover the main challenges.
Bachelor students benefit from privileged contacts with École Polytechnique’s laboratories and can approach problems on which researchers are currently working. Regardless of the specialization chosen by the students, they must complete a "Bachelor Thesis" in the third year, which takes the form of a research project. This allows them to discover the laboratories from the inside, where they interact regularly with researchers. They get to know the daily life of PhD students, post-PhD students, technicians and eminent researchers.
Towards the PhD
A passport to international positions of responsibility, the PhD is often mistakenly associated in metropolitan France with careers exclusively dedicated to academic research. The PhD is the culmination of real research work in a laboratory and allows students to acquire numerous skills: the preparation of a thesis is a professional project in its own right and is the final stage of academic training. It requires a high degree of autonomy, boldness and creativity, and the ability to work in a team and in an international and competitive environment, all of which are essential assets for the high-level researcher as well as for the future leader of major industrial projects.