Paris Diderot University

Paris Diderot


Paris Diderot University is a multidisciplinary university focused on research training. We offer several degrees related to nuclear energy: a Bachelor’s degree in Physics of Energy and two Master’s degrees: Energy Physics & Engineering and Nuclei, Particle and Astroparticle Physics, and Cosmology.




The vocational Bachelor’s degree in Physics of Energy trains future skilled technicians in energy production and consumption processes.


It covers the major physics disciplines involved in energy management and related industrial technologies and processes, i.e. electricity, thermal transfers and applied thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, material properties, and nuclear energy and radiation protection.


The following fields are dealt with:

  • Electricity production and co-generation: fossil fuels, biomass
  • Nuclear power
  • Renewable heat production: low- and high-temperature solar thermal power, geothermal energy
  • Renewable electricity production: wind, solar photovoltaic, and hydraulic power
  • Electricity transport and storage, management of electrical networks
  • Heat networks
  • Energy & buildings (insulation, integration of renewable resources, etc.)
  • Climate engineering.


This program is an apprenticeship program. To graduate, students must spend a minimum of 26 weeks working in a company.




The Master’s of Science in Energy Physics & Engineering (IPE) is meant to train future experts in energy physics and technologies. To graduate, students must complete an industrial project during a 6-month internship either in an industrial company or a research organization.The first four months are common to all students, after which they must choose two of the following five electives:

  • Nuclear Energy 1: reactor operation, from fission to electricity generation
  • Nuclear Energy 2: Evolution of an NPP, from installation to dismantling
  • Technology and management of wind turbines
  • Photovoltaic and concentrated solar power
  • Energy management in buildings.


The electives in nuclear energy include lab work on the ISIS Reactor at INSTN/CEA-Saclay. This program is meant to make student readily operational when they enter the job market after graduating. Potential employers are companies such as AREVA, BOUYGUES, CEA, EDF, and ENGIE.




The goal of the MS in Nuclei, Particle and Astroparticle Physics, and Cosmology is to prepare students to pursue their studies with a PhD in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, astroparticle physics, or cosmology. It ensures a smooth transition between the academic and research world by mixing theory, modeling, and instrumentation. Students learn how to design experiments, to choose the right instruments, and develop them. They also learn about data mining and processing, how to publish experiment results and to explain them. The academic year fi nishes with a three-month internship, preferably in the lab where students are planning on conducting their PhD. All classes are taught in English. This degree is jointly run with Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris-Sud University, CNRS, and CEA/INSTN.



  • 29,772 students
  • 89 research teams
  • 1,800 tenured professors
  • 3 fields: 1. Health, 2. Humanities, arts,languages, human and social sciences, 3. Sciences
  • 280 international cooperation agreements –