ENS Paris-Saclay
Joining MPRI (First year)

The research master affiliated with the Computer Science Department of ENS Paris-Saclay is the Parisian Master of Research in Computer Science (MPRI), open to French or international students, with courses given in English and French.

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, which is also known as M1 Jacques Herbrand at ENS Paris-Saclay. For entering in the second year, see here.

The purpose of the MPRI 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. For guidance regarding your move and stay at ENS Paris-Saclay, see the graduate studies information.


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. Here is a detailed description of the curriculum.


Applications must be filed via the Université Paris-Saclay application website from March 1st to June 30, 2021. Be sure to select M1 MPRI at ENS Paris-Saclay as (one of) your selected applications.

The following elements of your application are very important:

  • A cover letter (pdf) explaining your motivation to join the 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).

    Note that this plan of studies is not binding and it may evolve in agreement with the computer science department of ENS Paris-Saclay.

  • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher willing to attest that you possess the abilities and skills necessary to take the M1 Jacques Herbrand programme and in which said teacher justifies his or her standpoint.
  • Honours, grades, and ranks for each year of studies.
  • A detailed description of your last two years of studies including syllabus, length (in hours) and grade 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 course website.

Admissions are conditioned by an interview including technical exercises.


Several grants may be available to support your participation to our M1. Depending on the year, we have access to grants from various sources. Grant applications are made by the department, who decides to sponsor particular applications based on their merit and relevance to specific grants. To be able to benefit from a grant, we encourage you to apply early and to contact us by email even before the opening of the application platform.


Please address any questions you may have about this subject to the head of M1.

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Last modified on 27/11/2020