You can choose between different training paths characterised by a specific year in your 3rd or 4th year of your degree.
- Le parcours Recherche et enseignement supérieur (M2FESup)
- Le parcours Recherche et international (ARPE)
- Le parcours Interface
- Les parcours recherche thématique
Parcours Recherche et enseignement supérieur (M2FESup)
Normaliens who intend to go into higher education can devote the fourth year of their studies to an M2 in Training for Higher Education, often accompanied by the possibility of taking an agrégation exam.
This year is designed to :
Complete the disciplinary training necessary for teaching in higher education;
Train in communication techniques and the dissemination of knowledge;
Learn to construct teaching sequences adapted to the level of training and experiment and/or simulate the practice of the act of teaching;
Learn to understand the world of teaching.
It is based on the Master 2 "Training for Higher Education" (M2 FESup).
Its purpose is to complete the disciplinary training necessary for teaching in higher education, to train in the techniques of communication and dissemination of knowledge, to learn to construct teaching sequences adapted to the level of training and to experiment and/or simulate the practice of the act of teaching and to better understand the world of teaching.
Parcours Recherche et international (ARPE)
This programme allows students to experience research on a subject in their discipline during a pre-doctoral year abroad. The training must take place in an academic research laboratory abroad for a minimum of 9 months, between October and August.
Année de recherche pré-doctorale à l’Étranger (ARPE)
The aim is to gain autonomy in the practice of a research activity, to encourage immersion in other cultures and to discover different research systems. The project is designed by the student with the help of the teaching staff and a laboratory abroad the year before his/her departure.
The project is designed by the student with the help of the teaching staff and a laboratory abroad the year before his/her departure.
- After validation of the project, based on a problem studied by the host laboratory, the student is hosted and supervised for one year by the host research laboratory, in close contact with the student's home department.
- On their return to France, a written and oral presentation of the work carried out during the year by the student is organised, possibly in the form of a workshop, enabling them to learn how to publish and present their work at conferences.
The Research and International pathway, which is a dominant choice, allows the student to experiment with research on a subject in his/her discipline during a pre-doctoral year abroad called the ARPE year.
This ARPE year also enables the student to validate a skill of international openness, the activity taking place outside France.
Course of the ARPE year
The training must take place in an academic research laboratory abroad for a minimum of 9 months, between October and August.
It preferably takes place before the second year of the Master's degree in research (M2R), more rarely after the M2R.
The Interface programme is primarily of interest to students who wish to develop multidisciplinary skills.
At the end of their M2, they can choose to follow an additional year of training at the School in another discipline or to join a partner institution of ENS Paris-Saclay or the University of Paris-Saclay in their 1st and 2nd year.
Modalities of the course
Activities allow each student, whatever their course of study, to experience their training in an interdisciplinary framework with the other disciplines of the School or outside the School:
- The setting up of collective multidisciplinary projects: tutored work on a proposed project (pedagogical questions, exploration of a field of research, creation of a start-up, etc.) by a group of three to six students, from at least two sectors of the School.
- Cross-curricular courses taking place over a full semester and designed to address all Normaliens.
- The opening of teaching units (UE) operated by a department for students from other departments. They can be isolated or in clusters.
- Recognition of the certified follow-up of a MOOC dealing with a theme distant from the core of the student's training.
Students have the choice of following a second discipline for one year or following a double curriculum.
Choosing a second discipline at the ENS
During the fourth year, the student may choose to study a discipline other than the M2R of his or her core curriculum in another department of the ENS or in another partner institution of the ENS Paris-Saclay or the University of Paris-Saclay.
Taking a double degree in other institutions
Following a double degree programme in a discipline that is complementary to the training followed by the student. The double degree programmes are based on targeted partnerships with ENS Paris-Saclay:
- HEC dans le cadre de co-admission associés à ces double-cursus,
- Agro Paris-Tech,
- ENSTA Paris-Tech,
- IFSBM (UPSUd).
Partner institutions outside Paris-Saclay:
- Les établissements de Paris-Saclay : ENSAE, HEC dans le cadre de co-admission associés à ces double-cursus, TELECOM Paris, Agro Paris-Tech, ENSTA Paris, IFSBM (UPSUd) ;
- Les établissements partenaires, hors Paris-Saclay : ESPCI Paris, Écoles des Ponts Paris-Tech, École des Mines, ISAE Supaéro, Sciences Po, , Médecine, Véto,
Thematic research programs
Artificial intelligence Program (renforcement M1 et ARIA)
This diploma, which is an interface between your discipline and Artificial Intelligence (AI), consists of a reinforcement in the 2nd year and a year of Research in Artificial Intelligence (ARIA).
Target group: students from a pre-master's degree in mathematics or computer science, who wish to become expert designers or from a pre-master's degree in another discipline, who wish to become specialists by completing their disciplinary expertise with AI skills.
Quantum Technology Program (ARTeQ)
As part of the national plan for quantum technologies, the School offers a year of training in quantum computation and algorithms, quantum simulation, quantum communications and quantum sensors.
This year, strongly oriented towards research and innovation, will be validated by a diploma from the University of Paris-Saclay. It is the building block of the Quantum Technology Research course.
Strongly oriented towards research and innovation, this year is validated by a diploma from ENS Paris-Saclay and the UFR des Sciences.
Target audience: students from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, M1 students in physics and applied physics, computer science, chemistry and engineering school students.
Research-Creation Program (ARRC)
The aim is to train students in new teaching and research approaches that combine scientific research and artistic practices through the acquisition of tools and skills for setting up, monitoring, evaluating and communicating research-creation projects.
Target audience: for students from all departments of the École Centrale Paris.