Master Ecotechnologies for Sustainability And Environment ECOS

At a glance

  • Diploma: Master’s Degree
  • Type: Industry-oriented degree
  • Number of ECTS credits: 140
  • Start: September 2019
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Language: English
  • Location: France
  • Tuition Fees: €12,000/year

École Polytechnique is committed to delivering programs emphasizing excellence in sciences while providing a complete understanding of their industrial, economic and social contexts.

The Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management (ECOSEM) Graduate Degree offers a real-world technical expertise on environmental issues including soil and water pollution diagnostic, treatment and valorization processes, along with an in-depth understanding of the economic and social challenges to their development. Some international regulatory as well as ethics insights complete the technical and management courses.

This holistic approach includes a strong management component, taught by professors from our partner business school HEC, to ensure you are ready to tackle the business and organizational challenges of this rapidly evolving sector. Part of your technical training will be delivered by professors, researchers and expert-engineers from academic institutes (École Polytechnique, IRSTEA, INRA, CEA, etc.) and international companies (EDF, Veolia, Suez, etc.).

Alongside your coursework and research, you will receive expert insight via a series of master classes, where leading industry and academic research figures will outline their strategy for navigating the environmental challenges in the 21st century.

The ECOSEM program emphasizes hands-on, experimental learning by inviting you into the worlds of research and industry, notably through four to six-month internships. To begin with, each student will be assigned to one of our degree professors involved in high-level research in order to benefit from their one-on-one mentoring.

On the École Polytechnique campus and within the Plateau de Saclay business and research cluster, you will have access to an exceptional concentration of high-level research facilities, including campus research laboratories, startups, a business incubator, fablab (digital manufacturing laboratory), etc. Research laboratories of IRSTEA (Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l'Environnement et l'Agriculture: National Research Institute for Environment and Agriculture Sciences and Technologies) will be also open to students.

The professional orientation of the ECOSEM program is strengthened by our industrial partners, such as Veolia, Suez, EDF, Eaux de Paris, Arcadis and many more. These partnerships present a wide range of opportunities, including scholarships, high-value internships, and Ph.D. funding.

Programme structure


First period (mid-September to mid-December)

1. Three technical courses:

  • CHI555: Environmental chemistry (6 ECTS)
  • CHI556: Microbial ecology for environmental sciences (5 ECTS)
  • CHI557: Analytical Chemistry 1 (5 ECTS)

2. One management course (3 ECTS): MIE1

Second period (January to March)

1. Three technical courses:

  • CHI566: Water treatment (6 ECTS)
  • CHI567: Environmental ecotoxicology (5 ECTS)
  • CHI568: Exploration and statistical analysis of complex data sets (5 ECTS)

2. One management course (3 ECTS): MIE2

First & second periods

  • One Foreign language module (French language module for non-speaking students) (3 ECTS)
  • Two modules of Humanities and French Culture (3 ECTS)
  • Sport (2 ECTS)
  • CHI515: Personal scientific project (4 ECTS)
  • Coriolis conferences
  • Field trip and company visits

Third period (March to June)

4-month research or industrial internship (20 ECTS)

Total ECTS: 70


First period (mid-September to mid-December)

1. Three technical courses:

  • Hydrology (5 ECTS)
  • Solid Waste Valorization (6 ECTS)
  • Analytical Chemistry 2 (6 ECTS)

2. One management course (3 ECTS)

Second period (January to March)

1. Three technical courses:

  • Soil pollution and remediation (5 ECTS)
  • Life cycle assessment and other tools to ecodesign ecotechnologies (5 ECTS)
  • Regulatory and ethical insights in environmental sciences (5 ECTS)

2. One management course (3 ECTS): MIE2

First & second periods

  • One Foreign language module (French language module for non-speaking students) (3 ECTS)
  • Two modules of Humanities and French Culture (3 ECTS)
  • Sport (2 ECTS)
  • Coriolis conferences
  • Field trip and company visits

Third period (March to July/August)

A 5-month research or industrial internship (24 ECTS)

Total ECTS: 70

Please note this list is indicative of the structure of the program and may be subject to change.

Career Outcomes

Comprising high-value industrial partnerships, internships, and international academic exchanges, the Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management (ECOSEM) Graduate Degree is designed to ensure you are ready for a new professional world upon graduation. It aims at producing project managers able to drive a wide variety of environmental challenges such as industrial discharge control, chemical and biological approaches for pollution diagnosis, water, and soil treatment and waste valorization. It also emphases on new concepts such as life cycle assessment, eco-design, omics sciences, numerical simulation, and modelling.

Today more than ever, the precautionary principle and the emerging related standards create an ever-increasing and permanent need for professionals with strong skills in environmental management in corporate, research and public sectors. The considerable implication of industrial partners and environmental agencies in this degree will provide such skills and thus the ability to find employment in many lines of business.

ECOSEM graduates will be ideally suited to meet the needs for both technical know-how and managerial expertise, to implement environmental policies for leading manufacturers, innovative start-ups, public organizations, and governmental agencies.

During the two-year program, you will have a wide range of opportunities to build relationships with École Polytechnique’s local and international industrial and research partners. The management skills you acquire will be a significant asset in your career progression.

The ECOSEM program may also constitute a gateway to a research career, with our proximity to numerous research institutions providing an ideal platform to pursue a Ph.D. with funding from our industrial or academic partners.

For the internationally focused, the perspectives offered by the ECOSEM Graduate Degree naturally carry over to career opportunities around the world. Our international partnerships in industry and research sectors provide you with the perfect platform from which to launch your global career.

Words from the experts

"At EDF, the sustainable energy producer, we are conscious about the environmental issues at stake in this new millennium and so are we convinced that degrees such as the ECOSEM Graduate Degree are necessary to prepare students for tomorrow’s job market". S. Kinani, project engineer/ EDF Expert

Join the excellence programme of SUEZ!

SUEZ will offer internship opportunities to 2nd-year students of the Graduate Degree in Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management. Students will also be eligible to joining SUEZ’s Graduate Programme: "Over a period of two years, you will complete four missions in different entities in France and abroad, during which you will discover new and different cultures, companies and activities, on a permanent contract with an attractive salary."

Application requirements and deadlines

Applicants must hold or expect to hold an undergraduate degree in Bachelor's degree or equivalent diploma in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Geology or Biology prior to the beginning of the program. A basis in the fundamentals of Chemistry is required.

English Language requirements

Applicants must demonstrate full English-language proficiency. The tests that we accept are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) and the following Cambridge General English Tests: First (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE).

The minimum scores required are:

  • TOEFL IBT 90
  • IELTS 6.5
  • Cambridge Test - First (FCE) Grade B - 176

Scores must date no earlier than two years prior to the start of the program.

List of supporting documents needed

No paper copies are needed for the admission review process. If you are admitted, you may be required to submit official or certified hard copies before the start of the program. Supporting documents include:

  • Scanned copies of transcripts of all previous post-secondary education (including exchange programmes and programmes you did not complete)
  • Official document or letter from your university explaining the grading and ranking system
  • For completed programs: scanned copies of degrees
  • For programs still in progress: certificate of enrolment by your home university stating the title of the expected degree and date of completion. This document must prove that you are at least in your final year of undergraduate studies.
  • Personal Statement. Minimum: approx. 700 words, in French or English. Please use the form provided in the online application system.
  • Contact details for two referees (Names, positions & emails). A letter of recommendation form will be sent directly to them.
  • CV or resume, without any biographical gaps, maximum: 2 pages, in French or English;
  • Copy of passport (or ID card for European students)
  • Copy of TOEFL/IELTS (taken less than 2 years before)

The application deadlines for Fall 2019 are:

  • December 15, 2018 (Applications will open on October 15)
  • March 15, 2019 (Applications will open on January 15)
  • May 1, 2019 (Applications will open on April 1)

The application's website will be open from October 15, 2018, to May 1st, 2019. You can initiate your application at any time during this period. However, you will only be able to finalize it within the above deadlines.

Decisions will be released 4 to 6 weeks after the application deadline.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2018/19 are €12,000 per academic year.

Health Insurance

Please note that registration with a health insurance scheme is compulsory in France when you enrol at a Higher Education Institution.

If you come from any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and are already registered with a national health insurance provider, you must apply for the European health insurance card. This card is free and will give you access to state-provided healthcare during your stay in France under the same conditions and at the same cost as nationals.

Students from Quebec are exempt from joining the French Student Social Security upon presentation of Form #SE401Q106.

Room & Board

Ecole Polytechnique is pleased to provide accommodation on campus for all graduate degree students who apply before June 30th.

The rent is 617 euros per month (including housing insurance). You will also be required to pay a security deposit of 617 euros upon arrival. All residences are equipped with a shared-kitchen but you may also have your breakfast, lunch, and dinner at our university restaurant from Monday to Saturday. A lunch meal costs approximately 2 to 4 euros thanks to our student discount rate. Monthly expenses for meals usually range from 200 to 350 euros.

Financial aid

Students receive assistance from the Housing Office to apply for the French National Housing Benefit "CAF". Students usually obtain a financial aid of 150-200 euros per month.

All our students receive the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) automatically and for free. They gain preferential and discounted access to over 150,000 products, services, and experiences relevant to all aspects of student life.

Additional scholarship opportunities can be found at CampusFrance website (e.g. French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development for international students). Please note that the French scholarship "CROUS" is not compatible with our degree.

Program taught in:
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