Engineering course - Third year

Learning outcomes of the 3rd year

The ENSTA Paris competency framework is defined on the basis of the School's education plan and the general engineering competency framework as expressed by the engineering qualifications committee.

Find the learning outcomes of the 3rd year

The specialisation tracks

The third year is devoted to specialisation classes geared towards industrial applications and organised into tracks. The emphasis is on the one hand on the deepening of scientific skills on topics chosen by the student, and on the other hand on the acquisition of knowledge specific to a given profession. An optional one-week study trip allows a concrete approach to this profession.

Beyond their training as a general engineer, the student will thus acquire an engineering profile oriented towards an economic sector or a particular know-how, in which they will generally begin their career.

The third-year student chooses a specialisation track in the 3 divisions of excellence of the School: 
Transportation and energy, mathematical engineering and systems engineering.

The profiles

They also choose a profile: “research and innovation”, “engineering and design” or “entrepreneurship - intrapreneurship”.

Additional tracks

In addition to the track under student status, other study options are available to ENSTA Paris students:

  • International track
    Students have the option of substituting their 3rd year with an international track at a partner university.
  • Business creation track
    There is also a personalised course to help start a business.
  • PhD track
    Students can obtain a master's degree from IP Paris in addition to the engineering degree for further doctoral studies, a research passport with international recognition.

General education

In addition to studying law, economics and management, students also benefit from the teaching of modern languages as well as training in recruitment techniques.

Graduation project

The graduation project (PFE - projet de fin d'études) forms the last semester of the engineering course. It may take place in a business (this is the most frequent case) or in a public research establishment. It truly constitutes a transition between studies and the first job.
The PFE provides the student with an opportunity to apply the lessons learned at ENSTA Paris, in particular the advanced lessons of the third year, within the framework of a beginner engineering job. It is carried out under the double supervision of a permanent teacher-researcher of ENSTA Paris playing the role of mentor, and a scientific or technical manager within the host organisation.
The graduation project is the subject of a thesis and a defence before a panel made up of professors and external examiners. This internship often presages the first job of graduates.