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Master in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Management

Ecole Polytechnique
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

Master in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Management

École Polytechnique has the constant focus of delivering programs that emphasize excellence in sciences while at the same time providing students with a complete understanding of the industrial, economic and social contexts that affect these sciences.

This Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Management Master's Degree program offers students the opportunity to gain real-world technical expertise on a range of environmental issues such as soil and water pollution diagnosis, treatment and valorization processes, along with an in-depth understanding of the economic and social challenges to the development of these technologies. Along with these technical courses, the program includes management courses focused on international regulation as well as insight into the ethics behind it all.

The professional aspect of this program is strengthened by École Polytechnique's industrial partners. Among these are Veolia, Suez, EDF, Eaux de Paris, Arcadis and many more. These partnerships offers students a number of opportunities such as scholarships, high-value internships and PhD funding.

Admission requirements

Application deadlines for an entry in September 2021 are:

  • Round 1: 4th Nov 2020 to 4th Dec 2020
  • Round 2: 12th Jan 2021 to 12th March 2021
  • Round 3: 23rd March 2021 to 23rd April 2021

Please visit our website for full admission requirements.

Entry in Year 1 : Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Biology. Applicants with other degrees may be considered, provided that they have a strong background in the mentioned subjects.

Entry in Year 2 : Master's degree or M1 in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Geology or Biology. A basis in the fundamentals of Chemistry is required.

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Program content

The Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Management Master's Program aims to produce project managers who are able to tackle a wide variety of environmental challenges, such as industrial discharge control, chemical and biological approaches to pollution diagnosis, water and soil treatment, and waste valorization. The Program also covers new concepts such as life cycle assessment, eco-design, omics sciences, numerical simulation and modeling.

While most master's courses devoted to environmental issues only provide students with technical skills, this program also prepares you for managing positions. All the professors in the Program work to help students become both technically skilled and job ready by the end of the two years. Throughout the Master's Program, students have the opportunity to go on a number of field trips and company visits. They also get to put their skills into practice during two internships:

  • The first internship takes place at the end of Year 1 and lasts four months. During this period, students must work on a scientific project.
  • The second internship takes place at the end of the Program and lasts five to six months. Students have the choice between completing either a scientific or managerial project.

Tuition fees

The cost of this program is €12500 per year


Graduates of this program will receive a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Management

Career opportunities

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 environment management within the corporate, research and public sectors.

The considerable implication of industrial partners and environmental agencies in this degree help provide such skills and ensure employability in many lines of business.

Our graduates are ideally suited to put their technical know-how and managerial expertise to use, in the implementation of environmental policies for leading manufacturers, innovative start-ups, public organizations and governmental agencies.

Industry: 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.

Research: The Program may also be a gateway to a research career, with our proximity to numerous research institutions, providing an ideal platform to pursue a PhD with funding from our industrial or academic partners.

International: For the internationally focused, the perspectives offered by the Master's 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.

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Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique: A Tradition of Scientific Excellence

Located just 20 minutes from Paris the École Polytechnique, is the most prestigious engineering Grande Ecole in France. The university is supported by the state and has been operating since it was founded in 1794. The École educates the nation's scientific,...

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Why study at Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique is a leading French institute that combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. The school produces socially responsible professionals who excel in leading complex and innovative projects which address current and future challenges facing our society.

École Polytechnique, also known as l'X, is an historic institution. Founded in 1794, it holds a leading role in the French academic tradition – Poincaré, Ampère, Schwartz and Fresnel are just a few of the prestigious scientists to have studied here. Three French presidents, three Nobel Prizes (including Jean Tirole in 2014), one Fields Medalist and many illustrious CEOs like Citroën or Schlumberger, also walked the halls. However, no need to time travel to find proof of our academic excellence: our Alumni, researchers and professors receive prestigious awards and distinctions years after years.

Academic rankings demonstrate the competitiveness of École Polytechnique in France and abroad. Leader of scientific and technological institutes in France, l'X was also ranked 13th best European University in the QS university ranking 2015/16 thanks to our emphasis on innovative teaching methods and our continued presence at the forefront of French research. Our renowned Alumni, including numerous current CEOs of French and international companies, visit frequently and you will reap the benefits of having them share their knowledge in special seminars and conferences.

As part of our commitment to innovation, l'X has been the pioneer of MOOCs and e-learning in France, with several courses available on various platforms including Coursera and more under development.


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Everyday, the GD program is polishing up analytical capability so much, which I went on to develop in the Japanese Ministry of Finance. I strongly recommend the program not only to new graduates, but also to people who have working experiences.

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