Program type : Initial Training
Degree : Master
Discipline(s) : Chemistry, Mechanics and Materials, Physics, Engineering Science
Place : Paris
Domains : Engineering
Teaching language : French, English
Internship required
Prerequisites : Bachelor

The Master’s in Energy, providing an education in energy options for a carbon-free future, is hosted by PSL’s three engineering schools: MINES ParisTech, Chimie ParisTech and ESPCI Paris.
The program’s curriculum covers all of the fields involved in transforming the energy sector. Numerous simulations have indicated that our ecosystem cannot sustain itself unless we are able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions fourfold by 2050. Experts are aware of the fields in which changes must be made to achieve this, but in many cases the technologies required are still in developmental stages. Innovation will be required at several levels, from materials to energy systems and system components.

Learning outcomes

The goal of this program is to provide students expert command of the energy sector and the challenges of decarbonization. Students will become proficient in measuring the system-wide impacts of technological innovations in the energy sector, gain working knowledge of conversion systems, and will master the methods, tools, and criteria required for informed decision-making.

  • In the M1 year, students will strengthen their foundations in the core disciplines required before specializing in the M2 year. M1 coursework takes the diversity of student backgrounds into full account.
  • In the M2 year, students will specialize, gaining the dual expertise necessary to provide fresh perspectives to problem sets and to drive innovation.


The program includes an M1 year (60 ECTS) and an M2 year (60 ECTS).

  • M1: Core curriculum + one group project + one 2-month internship
  • M2: Core courses + two specialized tracks (out of 4) + one 6-month internship

Who should apply?

The Master’s 1 in Energy is open to students with a Bachelor of Science and to students applying for admission from engineering schools in particular.


This program is for students interested in a career in research after completing a PhD.
Future careers include positions with teaching and research institutions or research centers in the industrial sector.

Dual degree

Available (dual curriculum possible for student engineers at CHIMIE ParisTech and ESPCI Paris)


  • Expert command of the energy sector and the challenges of decarbonization
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Training in innovation through research: Over the two-year course of study, students will complete 10 months of internship experience with academic or industrial research groups.
  • Industry partners: Given the highly applied nature of this discipline and the consistent focus on innovation throughout the curriculum, the program involves close contact with industry leaders throughout the two years; they will lead classes and lecture series, provide site tours, and host internships.
  • International exposure: The Master’s 2 portion is taught in English. French language classes are available to international students. International recruiting takes place through existing networks between the program’s 3 host institutions and institutions abroad, including in China and Brazil.
  • Expert teaching: Professors from France’s top engineering schools (Chimie ParisTech, Mines ParisTech, ESPCI Paris).

This two-year program (120 ECTS) is divided into an M1 year (60 ECTS) and an M2 year (60 ECTS) during which students specialize.


Objectives of the M1 year:

  • Expose students to the energy sector, with particular focus on environmental and economic considerations.
  • Strengthen students’ foundations in the core disciplines required before specializing in the M2 year.
  • Take full account of students’ diverse backgrounds and consider students’ individual education goals.
  • Expose students to a diverse array of teaching and assessment formats.

Core first year modules:

  • Thermal Energy, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics
  • Electricity (Mechanization Systems, Grid-Linked Renewable Energy Sources)
  • Mechanics (Solid Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics)
  • Materials (Materials for Engineering, From Material to Nano: Overview of Physics Today)
  • Electrochemistry - Electronic Structure of Solids
  • Process Design and Industrial Process Models
  • Applied Mathematics (Optimization, Applied Statistics for Engineers)

Some modules will be provided in MOOC format.

Depending on a student’s background, some courses may be optional.
To expose M1 students to key issues in the energy sector, coursework will include a MOOC on Global Energy Issues and students will attend a PSL lecture series on energy economics.
A group project cuts across the full curriculum, touching on topics related to the M2 year areas of specialization. The group project will be conducted in English, to prepare students for the M2 year.
English classes are also provided.
The M1 year includes a 2-month internship in a research laboratory at one of the program’s partner schools.



All M2 students will take core courses aimed at developing the necessary skills for analyzing the concepts that will be presented in each sub-track. The technical and scientific content of this common core provides the energy systems fundamentals necessary for working in the energy sector, and includes energy conversion systems of all types.
Students will choose two of four available tracks to build the dual expertise required for a solid command of the problem sets in this highly multidisciplinary field.

Second-year tracks:

  • Energy Efficiency
    This track provides instruction in the design methods and technologies required for achieving high energy efficiency. The methodological approach draws on the fundamentals of thermodynamics and includes optimization and modeling techniques. Covered areas of application include industrial processes, urban environment and construction, and mobility systems.
  • Fuel Decarbonization
    Transitioning to clean fuel is a key way of reducing environmental impact. It involves processes for the extraction, capture, and recovery of CO2 and the manufacture of synthetic fuels (H2, hydrocarbons) with applications in energy storage.
    Students study these basic phenomena and become familiar with scientific and technological barriers.
  • Renewable Energy/Grids/Storage
    Over the coming years, much focus will be placed on optimized integration of renewable energy into power grids. Ongoing developments relate to resource appraisal, forecasting production and demand, production systems performance, and predictive management of grid power, including storage.
  • Sustainable Energy and Materials
    Overview of the functional materials used in energy conversion and storage systems. Electrochemical technologies are currently in high demand, leading to new challenges in materials, related to their characteristics and structures down to the nanometric scale. New concepts are highlighted in all fields covered.

All courses are taught in English.

The second semester of the M2 year is spent completing a 6-month internship with an academic or industry research group, allowing students to further specialize in a specific field.



  • Master’s Year 1: Students must have a Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor of Science degree (Chemistry, Physics, Science and Technology, Mechanics, Engineering Science, etc.).
  • Master’s Year 2: Students must have reached the M1 level in science, engineering students with a double major.

Admissions process

Online application + interview.
2 admissions procedures exist. Both go through PSL applications portal.

  • Early admissions: from March 4, 2019 to April 26, 2019.
    Early admission is mandatory for international candidates (outside the EU) and not living in France.
  • Regular admissionsfrom March 4, 2019 to May 27, 2019).

In preparing your application, please include the following:
Photocopy of both sides of your ID card (passport, residence permit, etc.); ID photo; Transcripts for the 6 semesters of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; Certificate of successful completion of Bachelor’s (+ M1 for students applying to the M2 year); CV; Cover letter explaining your interest in the program; Contact information for two academic references; Certification of French language skills for non-French speaking students applying to tracks taught in French (DELF, DALF, TCF, etc.); Certification of level of proficiency in English (TOEIC, TOEFL, etc. - optional). B2 level

The application portal will provide a detailed list of attachments required, which can be uploaded directly. Applications are 100% paperless.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are set by ministerial decree (€243 in 2018/19). Please note that you will also need to provide proof of payment for the CVEC (Student Life and Campus Fee) of €90. More information.

Institution for registration: MINES ParisTech.
Degree issued: French Master’s degree delivered by Université PSL 

Applications openings: 
March 4, 2019


Managers of the Master's :
Assaad Zoughaib et Virginie Lair


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