The French “Grandes Ecoles” are selective, academic institutions which prepare students to high level postgraduate
degrees in science and give students a high-standard professional training in the field of engineering based on
academic studies alternating with placements in industry.
The ENSCM is a “Grande Ecole” in the field of chemistry. As an academic institution, it is part of the University of
Montpellier. It selects high level students from all over France and attracts an increasing number of foreign students.
The training at ENSCM:
- provides students with skills allowing them to work in the fields of Fine Organic Chemistry and Health Science,
Chemistry of Materials, Environmental and Sustainable Development. It benefits from the excellent research potential
of research units associated to CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), from structures with engineering
facilities: development lab, pilot-plant, as well as a start-up business incubator,
- is aimed at giving a sound general, technical and scientific background as well as the expertise needed to fit easily
into active and professional life while taking into account the new challenges due to economic, technological and
The ENSCM delivers two types of National Degrees:
- The “Diplôme d’ingénieur de l’ENSCM” (Master’s degree in Chemistry and Chemical engineering)
- International Master’s Degrees (specifically adapted to international students) in Chemistry:
– Master’s Degree in Fine Organic Chemistry and Chemistry-Biology Interface
– Master’s Degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering – Chemistry of Materials
From research and development to production or quality control, the engineers in chemistry can apply their skills to creating and developing molecules, materials, innovative and non-polluting processes not only for the chemical industries but also the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, electronics industries.
Their wide range of activities also reaches the sectors of space, energy, automobile and transports. They can even make a career in the sectors of industrial property, human resources, management.
It’s a very selective, merit-based recruitment (National competitive examination), it provides students with skills allowing them to work in the fields of Fine Organic Chemistry and Health Science, Chemistry of Materials, Environment and Sustainable Development.
The curriculum is based on academic studies alternating with placements in industry at the end of each year, during the vacation period. Possibility of a full sandwich-year in industry between the 4th and 5th academic years (12 – 24 months of industrial placements over the curriculum).
A majority of placements are carried out abroad as a stay abroad of at least 3 months (either academic or industrial) is compulsory for all students during the course of their studies. Almost students stay 6 months abroad.