UPMC – Sorbonne University

UPMC, Pierre & Marie Curie University, is France’s largest scientific and medical campus with 33,900 students (including 6,900 international students). We benefit from the largest library network in France. UPMC features among the best French Universities and is ranked 6th in Europe and 35th in the world. We teach a wide range of hard sciences such as math (4th in the world), chemistry, physics, electronics, computer science, engineering, mechanics, environmental and earth sciences, life sciences, and medicine. With €430 million allocated to research and 8,000 publications every year, UPMC is one of the major players on the global knowledge and innovation market, as shown by the many Prizes and international medals we have been awarded. With 6,900 researchers and senior lecturers within 100 laboratories, UPMC files each year over 20 patents and signs many cooperation agreements with renowned universities around the world.



UPMC is committed to taking up the new challenges faced by the nuclear industry (development of new reactors, dismantling, increased safety requirements) and contributes significantly to the education and training of a large number of Master’s students in its fields of excellence: resource management, safety and criticality, and chemical physics of certain stages of the nuclear cycle.
The Master’s degree in Science and Technology (Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering Sciences) offers a second-year major in Nuclear Engineering.


Program overview

The program is divided into three steps:

  • Core courses aimed at providing students with a firm foundation in nuclear physics, radioactivity, nuclear reactors, and nuclear safety, together with energy policy and the socioeconomic challenges of the nuclear industry. Certain classes are taught by external lecturers from IRSN, CEA, and EDF. (3 months).
  • Elective courses. Student must choose one of the two following electives: Resources, cycle, and waste or Safety, criticality, and radiation protection. These courses are partly taught by professionals and experts from the industry: AREVA, EDF, CEA, IRSN, etc. (3 months).
  • Internship (6 months).


Professional preparation

The program includes industrial on-the-job training, site visits, and meetings with HR staff.

  • 3-day on-the-job training at an EDF NPP to learn about NPP operation,
  • Tour of the AREVA La Hague storage facility,
  • 3-day on-the-job training at the CEA-Marcoule research center,
  • Site visits of CEA-Saclay’s research facilities.



After completing their degrees, students are readily operational to work in the nuclear industry. A critical asset since the need for highly-skilled personnel is bound to expand in the coming years due to 1. the upcoming retirement wave among the French nuclear workforce and 2. the development of new types of reactors, fuel treatment and recycling, the planned decommissioning of the first NPPs. Students can also pursue their careers in the field of medical radiology.

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of students find permanent positions even before defending their Master’s theses