Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées

The French corps of civil engineers was founded in 1716 to take charge of maintaining and extending the network of royal roads. The decision of the King's Council in 1747 to create a specific training programme for state engineers under the responsibility of Jean-Rodolphe Perronet is now considered to be the funding act of l'école des ponts. In the good early days (eighteenth century), l'école des ponts had no teachers. The older and experienced students acted as tutors for the youngster. Knowledge sharing was the pedagogical principle.

During the nineteenth century, lectures and teachers were introduced. Research laboratories were created during the twentieth century and the number of students was increased to two hundred per year. In 1997, the school moved to new premises in Marne-la-Vallée, close to Disneyland.

For the twenty-first century, the strategy of l'école des ponts will be based on international recruitment of students and professors, merger of initial and life-long learning, integrated use of Internet and extended co-operation with industry. Research will focus on city management, environment and quality of life.

L'école des ponts is active in many academic networks: the network of the French ministry of transportation, the Socrates network of the European Commission, the ParisTech network (the nine engineering schools of Paris) and the Polytechnicum de Marne-la-Vallée.

L'école des ponts provides postgraduate education through majors programmes: the MBA, the "college des ingénieurs“ and the master's programme.

Contact for the master's programme:

Dominique Michel
6 and 8 avenue Blaise Pascal
Cit‚ Descartes - Champs-sur-Marne
F-77455 Marne-la-Vallée Cedex 2
Telephone: +33 (0) 1 64 15 39 12
Fax: +33 (0) 1 64 15 39 49

Type of course: l'école des ponts offers ten postgraduate courses in engineering:

  • civil engineering,
  • transport infrastructures,
  • bridges and tunnels,
  • urban engineering,
  • city development and management,
  • environmental engineering and management,
  • public management of civil engineering projects
  • management of logistical systems,
  • intelligent transport systems,
  • numerical mechanics
  • Entry requirements: BA, BEng or engineering diploma.

    Fees: between five thousand and ten thousand Euros, depending on the master

    Scholarships/funding available: Scholarships are available. Please inquire for details. Industrial funding is also available for some masters.

    Starting dates: September each year

    Accommodation: Postgraduate students are helped to find accommodation in town (twenty minutes from Paris by RER).

    Language of instruction: French

    Application procedure: You may request the application form by contacting Dominique Michel or by visiting our website.

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