The research master affiliated with the Computer Science Department of
ENS Cachan is the Parisian Master of Research in Computer Science (MPRI)
open to French or international students, with courses given in English and
The programme consists of two years (M1 and M2). Candidates may apply
for both years or for only one year.
This page describes the procedure for joining the first year.
For entering in the second year, see here.
The purpose of the programme is to train future research scientists through
intensive exposure to contemporary research in computer science.
For full details about the programme, see the
MPRI web site.
To enter the master programme, you must have obtained
a French Licence or equivalent Bachelor's degree
at a French or foreign college or university.
Detailed entrance requirements
are given on the MPRI website.
The first year consists of two semesters. The first semester consists of
at least 30 ECTS credits' worth of coursework. The second semester is a 4 and a half months
research internship worth 30 ECTS credits. Students who possess part, but
not all of the required background can take the option of a short research
internship (2 and a half months, 15 credits), with additional coursework amounting to a total
of 45 credits.
Applications must be filed via the
pedagogical web server of ENS Cachan. To do this, go to its website,
obtain a password, then fill in the application form as completely as possible,
indicating that you wish to join in the first year (M1).
Once you have completed the
application form on the pedagogical web server, you should
print, sign, and sent it to the
Secretariat of the
Computer Science Department together with a CV and a cover letter.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The following elements of your application are very important:
- A cover letter (pdf) explaining your motivation to join the MPRI
programme. You should describe your scientific project and explain why you
think the MPRI is appropriate for this project and that you have a suitable
background for it.
You should also describe a plan of studies including courses
you wish to follow and topics and research teams you envision for
your research internship (which takes place in the second semester
of each year).
Notice that this plan of studies is not binding and it may evolve in
agreement with computer science department of ENS Cachan.
Questions regarding the plan of studies at the MPRI should be sent by
scholarship [at] dptinfo.ens-cachan.fr.
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher willing to attest that you
possess the abilities and skills necessary to take the MPRI programme and
in which said teacher justifies his or her standpoint.
The letter of recommendation should be sent directly by the teacher,
preferably by email to
scholarship [at] dptinfo.ens-cachan.fr,
or else by fax to the Secretariat of
the Computer Science Department.
It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the letter of
recommendation reaches in time.
- Honours, marks, and ranks for each year of studies.
- A detailed description of your last two years of studies including
syllabus, length (in hours) and mark obtained for each module. You may
also describe any other higher education.
- We have no formal criteria on language skills. However, please do
include any useful information about language skills in your application
(e.g., test results). Notice that MPRI courses are taught in English and/or
French, the precise language policy of each course depends on the teacher
and is set out on the MPRI website.
- Do not forget to upload the cover letter (pdf), your CV (pdf),
and a photograph before validation.
Applications are continuously evaluated in the period from March to June
When to apply:
Keep in mind that there are different
types of scholarships available (see below), and they have different deadlines.
Thus, if you apply early, your chances of getting a scholarship may be higher.
On the other hand, if you wish to include your latest academic results in your
application, you may choose to wait and apply later.
Students in financial need may apply for a scholarship to support their
participation in the MPRI programme. In this case, please complement
your application by an additional letter
stating that you are also
candidate for a scholarship and your reasons.
Then, the evaluation committee will separately decide whether to accept
you in the MPRI programme and whether to accept your request for a scholarship.
In that case, you may be asked to complete further paperwork.
For your information, several scholarship programmes are available from
different donors. The evalation committee will assign you to one of them,
depending on circumstances.
For 2013/14, the following programmes are available. Note that you should
not contact those programmes directly unless asked to do so by us. All
applications for MPRI must follow the course outlined on this
page (see above).
- Scholarships INRIA-MPRI
INRIA finances several scholarships for one year (either M1 or M2).
The grant amounts to 1000 euros/month for a duration of stay of up to 12 months.
All expenses will be borne by the grant-holder: transport, accommodation, registration fees, library fees, health insurance, etc.
- Scholarships Īle de France
The administrative region around Paris (Īle de France) offers grants
for foreign master students up to 30 years of age. The scholarships may cover
two years of studies (for the whole master). The Computer Science Department of
ENS Cachan will pre-select candidates to be presented as candidates
in this programme, the final decision will be made by the region.
contacting us before March 18 to join this programme.
- Digicosme scholarships
The Labex Digicosme offers master scholarships for French or foreign students;
MPRI students are eligible. Scholarships are for two years and can cover
both years of the MPRI. There are multiple deadlines for submission, see below.
Detailed information, deadlines March 1st, April 12th, June 14th
- IDEX Saclay scholarships
This is a scholarship programme for international students that can cover
both years of the master programme. The selection for this programme will
happen in two waves, see below.
Detailed information; deadlines March 29th and Mai 31st.
Please address any questions you may have about this subject to
Note that ENS has prepared a document for foreign students that explains
about housing, insurance, and social security; it is available in
Contacter le Département Informatique
Last modified on 24/06/2014