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Student-engineer courses at UTC

In order to achieve its training objectives, UTC has instated a flexible pedagogical scheme which enable the university to constantly adapt its offer to meet the new needs and expectations expressed by enterprises and by Society.

The 5 year cursus is subdivided into 10 semesters each 16 weeks long. The studies are arborescent - an initial core programme followed by the elective engineering majors.

For each semester, students have an open choice among a number of Credit Courses (CCs) that correspond to their level and profile (student can take a maximum 7 CCs/semester)

CCs are grouped under 3 headings:

  • Scientific courses (primers or in-depth) ('CS')
  • Techniques and methods ('TM')
  • Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities ('TSH')

To obtain the engineering diploma, you are required to successfully pass a minimum number of CCs in each category. The UTC engineering diploma is recognized as equivalent to the Master's degree.

The core programme

The courses given in the core programme provide raining in a number of specialty areas as well as in methodology. The time devoted to the core programme also allows you to discover, at first hand, the entrepreneurial world and helps you choose your UTC elective major.

To be admitted to the elective majors after 3 to 4 semester's work, you must have successfully obtained a minimum 102 credits, with a distribution as follows:

  • Scientific courses ('CS'): 48 credit points
  • Techniques and methods ('TM'): 24 credit points
  • Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities ('TSH'): 24 credit points

To be admitted to the elective majors after 5 semester's work, you must have successfully obtained a minimum 120 credits, with the same minimum distribution as above.

Elective majors - engineering diploma cursus

The overall objective for the 6 majors at UTC is to provide a general and balanced scientific and technological grounding but also open the way to more in-depth training in a specialist area that is in line with the choice you make for your elective major.

UTC's core programme aims at:

  • providing general scientific grounding and general professional skills
  • developing self-reliance, initiative and responsibility
  • providing knowledge about the socio-economic world
  • teaching the skills needed for efficient communication (written and oral), in French and on foreign languages, notably English

The specialties

Each major encompasses 3-6 elective specialties.

An elective specialty at UTC aims at:

providing the specific professional skills needed for a future engineering position

encouraging professional insertion

A 'free-wheel' electives

If you have a career project that is not in line with one of your major specialties, you are allowed to make a 'free-wheel' elective choice; notwithstanding, the choices made must be coherent and compliant with the general principles of UTC engineering training. To apply, you must fill in and return the printed form available at the SAE:

Service de l'Administration des Études - Marie-Anne TRAISNEL (BF Bureau E 102) : 03 44 23 49 40 - marie-anne.traisnel(at)utc.fr 

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UTC’s Master’s degree scheme

In the first year, you will attend core programme courses and a few pre-specialist classes in a field you choose to which you add a choice of course modules more specific to one of the second year specialties.

The 2 year cursus is subdivided into 4 semesters each 15 weeks long. For each semester, you will have the choice between several Credit Courses (CCs) and Teaching Units (UE) that correspond to your level and your profile. The total number of ECTS credits that correspond to the course modules you choose must not exceed 36 credit points/semester. (Cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Credit_Transfer_and_Accumulation_System

CCs are grouped under 4 headings:

  • Scientific courses (primers or in-depth) ('CS')
  • Techniques and methods ('TM')
  • Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities ('TSH')
  • Project work and lab. sessions (at or outwith UTC)

To obtain the engineering diploma, you are required to successfully pass a minimum number of CCs in each category depending on the profile defined for each elective and specialty in the Master' cursus, leading to the award of the 'National Master's diploma'.

During the first year (M1)

During the first year (M1) of the Master's diploma, the courses enable:

  • to reinforce student's scientific knowledge base
  • an introduction to new aspects of future specialties
  • an opening to fields complementary to the basic training
  • training in at least one foreign language

Validation of the 1st year (M1) and admission to 2nd year (M2)

In order to continue to M2, you must have successfully accumulated a minimum 60 credit points in M1 with a specific distribution depending on the profile defined for each elective specialty.

Please note that admission to 2nd year (M2) in the French national Master's diploma is not automatic; a special admissions jury examines each student's academic track-record.

During the second year (M2)

The choice of an elective specialty enables students:

  • to have a deeper insight in the general M2 specialty training courses
  • to acquire a high level of expertise in an specific area of application
  • a preparation for a professional recruitment in industry, in research and/or to pursue PhD doctoral studies.

The 1st semester of M2 is devoted to course work and the 2nd to a research lab placement (in either public establishments or in private sector R&D), and will lead to a dissertation and an oral presentation of the research findings.

Validation of the 2nd year (M2) and award of Master diploma

To validate the work done in M2, you must have successfully accumulated at least 30 credit points in the courses that figure under the courses to the elective specialty you have chosen, with a specific distribution depending on the profile defined for each elective specialty. You must also have successfully completed 30 credit points that correspond to the long placement period.

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Doctoral (PhD) studies

The doctorate is a professional experience comprising 3 years' research activities in a university laboratory, or in a large public research establishment or in a private sector R&D division. After the 3 years, the work is formally presented to an academic Jury whose role it is to assess and validate the experience and to award the doctoral degree - in our case the diploma of doctor of the University of Technology, Compiegne.

The doctoral degree validates the acquisition of a high scientific training content and also the professional, individual and collective skills. This diploma prepares the students for research and teaching positions in either public or private spheres, or for missions with the higher civil service ranks, or in innovation-intensive jobs in the entrepreneurial world.

During this professional oriented work, doctoral students are monitored by staff at the doctoral school (UTC-ED). ED is an administrative entity but also a university think-tank in terms of doctoral studies in general and also serves as a meeting point to exchange ideas and to listen to opinion. The main function of UTC-ED is to act as guarantors of the highest possible standards in the research training offered, through research and innovation activities that prepare the doctoral students to become reliable and skilled professionals capable of explaining and valorising their knowledge and skills with their future employers/partners.

The doctoral supervision at UTC is assigned to one, two or even three thesis directors, in a research unit that is verified by the French ministry in charge of Research. Thus, UTC-ED pays close attention to how the student's "professional" path evolves and this includes the quality of his/her professional relationships, in terms of mutual respect, shared well-being and correct insertion in the unit where he/she carries out the research work. 

The UTC school for doctoral studies was created in 1985 ; it, therefore, has a long experience of professional accompaniment and it continue to adapt and upgrade its offer and analyses - UTC-ED has been most favourably assessed over all these years. It is now an integral part of the Sorbonne Universities Cluster Doctoral College.

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The ECTS credit system (European Credits Transfer System)

The ECTS system (Cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECTS) was created to facilitate the international equivalence of European diplomas abroad (in other EU countries). The credit points are calculated as a function of the work-load (main lectures, seminar classes, lab work, placements, research activities, personal work, exam sessions, and the training objectives and skills.

The credit count is as follows:

  • 1 credit = 25-30 hours' work
  • 1 year = 60 credits representing 1 500 - 1 800 hours' work, i.e., 30 credits/semester

ECTS points constitute a complementary tool (with respect to the diploma) facilitating international student mobility and their admission to other EU HE institutions.

ECTS equivalences

The ECTS certification is granted to HE institutions that comply the mobility principle for their 1st and 2nd cycle programmes.

The ECTS scheme increases the notoriety of these HE institutions in European and other international cooperation schemes, and constitutes a recognition of the equivalence value of European credentials and degrees.

Sending and host institutions co-sign with the students, an exchange agreement that enables recognition of credits obtained (or presented) abroad to follow courses.

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