Education - Graduate School «Mathematics»
Master and PhD
Paris-Saclay offers a unique environment for a PhD or a master's program in mathematics.
In Paris-Saclay's PhD program, the scientific development of our talented students benefits from an exceptional concentration of renowned mathematicians.
All fields of mathematics are covered: fundamental mathematics, mathematics applied to engineering and economic problems, mathematics at the interface with other scientific disciplines..
Mathematicians started to settle in the Saclay area about 60 years ago. Since then, thousands of graduate students in mathematics have been trained here. Nowadays, our alumni have spread across the world, and they have collected an impressive number of awards. "Orsay" and "IHES", for instance, embody the excellence of French mathematics worldwide.
The two-year Paris-Saclay Master's program is recommended to prepare for a demanding PhD.
The program focusses strongly on research and contains a broad variety of advanced courses, as well as research seminars and ample time left for personal research.
International students are especially welcome to join the Hadamard and Mathematics for Artificial Intelligence tracks. Each student builds their own curriculum under the guidance of their mentor, a senior faculty member who provides support and advice.
Choosing a PhD subject and identifying an advisor takes place during year 2 of the master program. Again, the mentor provides guidance at this crucial stage.
The majority of our alumni now teach and develop their research in top academic institutions around the world ; alternatively, they lead successful careers in the private sector, in particular in the tech industry.
Starting a PhD at UPSaclay
PhD fellowships are available for students who have already completed, in France or abroad, a curriculum equivalent to a French Master's program. The various steps towards a registration in our PhD program are detailed on the website of the Ecole Doctorale Mathématique Hadamard. Each candidate must choose a PhD advisor and agree with them on a detailed thesis subject (alternatively, a few PhD projects are posted on the site of EDMH). Candidates usually start investigating for a potential PhD advisor as early as January. The next step is to apply for funding ; various types of fellowships are available, with most deadlines occuring in April and May (with some exceptions).
Several scholarships are available:
- Candidates can apply directly for "Mathematical Foundation Jacques Hadamard" master scholarships, in two phases, with deadlines in January and April (more information). PhD track scholarships (master and PhD) are also available for students with outstanding academic records.
- Other Master scholarships are available via Paris-Saclay University: Heads of master tracks select students and apply to Paris-Saclay University master scholarships on their behalf.
Master’s programs in the Graduate School of Mathematics
Master Mathématiques et Applications (Mathematics and Applications)
Head of program: Christophe Giraud (Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay, LMO).
Possible alternative master tracks
Mention Mécanique, parcours M1 Méthodes Mathématiques pour la Mécanique (Mathematical methods for Mechanics)
Head of program: Paolo Vannucci (UVSQ, LMV).
Mention Mécanique, parcours M2 Mathématiques et Mécanique Fondamentale (Mathematics and Fundamental Mechanics)
Head of program: Jean Lerbet (UEVE, LaMME).
An international doctoral program