Ecole Polytechnique Students

imageThe M1 program (3rd year in the “cycle polytechnicien”) in Advanced Communication Networks at Ecole Polytechnique is structured into three periods: Period 1 and 2 are dedicated to courses, with Period 3 being a research project, often in form of a “research internship” in an academic or industrial research laboratory.

Period 1+2 consists of a total of 40 ECTS units, spread across 8 scientific courses, a “group project”, human sciences, and language courses. Period 3 also consists of 20 ECTS units.

Each of the scientific course consist of 10 lessons — each lesson consisting of 2h lectures, 2h lab exercises, and students should count on about 4h of indididual  studies / homework per lesson.

  • Period 1+2 also contains one, long, group project. Small groups of students work, under supervision of a faculty member, on a project which is either:
    • A research project, consisting of the students integrating in the research team of the supervising faculty member, collaborating with, and contributing to the research of that research team, and — ultimately – participating in publication of one (or more) scientific papers.
    • A technology maturation project,  essentially taking an already well-baked idea (either, developed by the students, or by a research team) and transferring it “from research idea, to potential start-up”. These projects are co-supervised by a computer networking faculty member, and a representative from the Innovation Centre at  Ecole Polytechnique.
  • Period 3 is entirely dedicated to a  research internship – which may happen  either in a corporate or academic research laboratory. In both cases, the objective is to participate in a large-scale research project,  and the student will be closely followed by both a research tutor (day to day guidance of the research project) and a referent faculty member.


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