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M2 – Masters’ second year - Master of Sciences and Technologies


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Chemistry is at the intersection of numerous scientific domains, and, as such, is a very fast-changing fundamental discipline
The 4 following centers, established in downtown Paris:
The Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS),
The Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP-Chimie ParisTech),
The Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielle de Paris (ESPCI),
And the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC).
are internationally acknowledged as remarkable. This position led them to propose a common Masters’ M2, in order to play a dynamic role and encourage excellence in chemical research in Paris. They hope as well to become one of the reference training centers in the world, based on internationally recognized laboratories.


M2S2: Training period

M2S1: specialization (250h attendance)



The educational idea is to offer “à la carte” classes, in accordance with the LMD principle, which will make possible both specialized and cross-disciplinary trainings. It is based on the well-known quotation: “Mieux vaut une tête bien faite qu’une tête bien pleine » (a well structured brain is better than a brain full of knowledge). We want the students who graduate to have thought out their training consistently relative to their career objectives. We also want them to have solid technical skills, which will enable them to adapt easily to the evolution of the labour market.

There are 4 specialties :

  • Analytical, physical and theoretical chemistry (CAPT).
  • Molecular chemistry (MOL).
  • Materials chemistry and physico-chemistry (MAT).
  • Chemical Engineering (IC)

The students will have to choose 5 UEs, each worth 6 ECTS, with minimum actual attendance (48h at most); These UEs will be completed by various tutorials.

As for the timetable, a given UE will always take place in the same timeslot (same half day) over the whole semester (see general table). We have tried to make the schedules as compatible as possible in order to facilitate multi-disciplinary studies.

Students can therefore choose one of the “ready-made” programmes, or compose their own, which will have, though, to be approved by the Education Committee.

Classes in English


The material for classes (handbooks, documents, presentations…) is written in English for all UEs. When the presentation document for a given UE reads “Teaching in English possible”, the switch to English will be effective if there are non-French speaking foreigners in the corresponding UEs.