Fluid Mechanics, Fundamentals & Applications - Year M2
in partnership with Université
Pierre et Marie Curie
Time schedule Year M2
David Quéré, Ecole Polytechnique
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Stéphane Zaleski, Université Pierre et Marie Curie
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of former students regarding the program
objective of this
second-year M2 specialty program (60 ECTS) of the Master of
Mechanics is to give students an
advanced knowledge of fluid mechanics to prepare them for a successful
career in academia or industry. All courses are taught in English by
prominent scholars who are internationally recognized in their field.
Eligible students should have successfully completed an undergraduate
degree in science or engineering. They may apply directly to the
program from another academic institution or they may enroll after
having completed year M1 at Ecole Polytechnique. A basic
fluid mechanics is expected in order to fully benefit from the program.
academic advisor is
assigned to each student in order to help him/her select a coherent set
of courses which is most appropriate to his/her inclination and career
goals. Courses take place during semester S3 (September - February).
During the last semester S4 (March – August), students have
complete a six-month internship in France or abroad, which concludes
with the defense of a Master’s thesis (Past examples of Master's thesis topics).
program is jointly
organised with Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC). At
Polytechnique, the program is widely based on the research and tutorial
resources of the Hydrodynamics laboratory (LadHyX).
A poster of the program and a flyer may be downloaded
Mechanics seeks to
describe the macroscopic motion of fluids according to the fundamental
laws of classical physics and thermodynamics. Modern fluid mechanics is
a very active and vibrant research area. For curiosity-minded students,
it offers an example of a system displaying complex behaviour, although
the basic Navier-Stokes equations governing fluid flows have been known
for more than a century. Yet, the very proof of the existence of
solutions to these equations has so far eluded researchers. Not
surprisingly, this question appears as a famous unsolved problem in the
list established for the Clay
application-oriented student, fluid mechanics is rightfully viewed as
essential to aircraft designers, to “rocket
to automobile engineers alike. Recent advances in computer power and
algorithmic ingenuity have opened the field to many unforeseen
applications. Fluid phenomena are everywhere: meteorology and
climatology rest on the ability to provide reliable predictions while
the petroleum industry has an ever growing need for numerical
computations and for talented engineers to interpret the results of the
simulations. The past ten years have seen the emergence of the whole
new domain of chemical engineering, etc.
benefits to the students
is expected that
graduates of the program will have acquired the capacity to design
effective, physically-based models for a great variety of fluid flows.
They will have learnt to critically assess the relevance and validity
of different approximation schemes. They will be able to develop
efficient numerical algorithms that are well-suited to specific
situations of fundamental or engineering interest. Even more
importantly, they will have acquired a sound physical understanding of
flow physics. Finally, they will be able to work and communicate
effectively in an english-speaking environment.
Program of courses (60
The elective science course in French or in
English may be selected from the following list of M1 and M2 courses:
compulsory week-long intensive “English for scientists” course is
offered at the beginning of the year, so that students may fully
benefit from the academic program. International students are strongly
urged to enroll in a “French as a foreign language” course at Ecole
offered by the program makes students well prepared to begin a
professional career in industry. Alternatively, graduates of the
program may choose to study for a doctoral degree, which opens the way
for a research career in the academic or industrial world.
S3 (September – February) is split into two ten-week periods according to
the following sequence:
Time schedule Year M2 2014-2015
S4 (March – August): six-month internship (30 ECTS) in a French or
Past examples of Master's thesis topics
take place either on the Jussieu
Campus of Université Pierre & Marie Curie
or on the Palaiseau
of Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, within half an hour from the
center of Paris. The time schedule is organised so as to minimize
commuting back and forth between each campus.
enrollment of 10 to 25 students is expected.
for the Master’s program of Ecole Polytechnique should submit
their application online through the website:
Admission of the students is based on the evaluation of academic transcripts, statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.
There are two admission sessions per year, for students entering the program in the Fall semester:
1st session (application deadline: February 15, 2015)
2nd session (application deadline: May 1, 2015)
information regarding all administrative matters such as the online
application procedure, registration, certificate of admission, lodging,
please contact Sylvie Cohu.
information regarding all academic aspects such as prerequisites,
program of courses, electives, etc., please contact David Quéré (firstname.lastname@example.org)
program is open to highly qualified French and international students
with a strong background in Mathematics and Mechanics. Year M2 is
offered to students who have successfully completed 60 ECTS in year M1
of the Master of Mechanics. Direct admission into the second year M2 is
also possible for students who already hold a minimum number of 60 ECTS
in the field of interest, at graduate level.
fees and living expenses
registration fee: €250
Year M2 tuition fees: €4400
Fee waivers are available under certain
Fellowships are also awarded to a few highly
qualified students to partially cover living expenses.
Requests for fee waivers and
fellowships are submitted online as part of the Master’s application
Master Ecole Polytechnique-Caltech
very limited number of students from the Ecole Polytechnique “Ingénieur”’s program may enroll at the beginning of year M1, in a
two-year dual degree program leading to the “Master of Fluid Mechanics” from Ecole Polytechnique and “Master of Science
in Aeronautics or Aerospace Engineering” from the California
Institute of Technology”. Only students
in the “Ingénieur”’s program of Ecole Polytechnique are eligible for
this dual degree. For additional information and details of
the application procedure, please contact David Quéré .
In 2010, the Ecole Polytechnique-Caltech dual
Master program received the Andrew
Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from
the Institute of International
Education in New York.
Dual Master Ecole Polytechnique-Shanghai Jiao Tong University
A very limited number of students from the Ecole Polytechnique “Ingénieur”’s program may enroll at the beginning of year M2, in a two-year dual degree program leading to the “Master of Fluid Mechanics” from Ecole Polytechnique and “Master’s degree in Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering or Material Sciences from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Only students in the “Ingénieur”’s program of Ecole Polytechnique are eligible for this dual degree. For additional information and details of the application procedure, please contact David Quéré .