Students select their Minor prior to admission or at the beginning of the programme.

In the 1st year Graduate, they choose some electives in relation with this Minor.
The 2nd year Graduate is principally dedicated to the Minor. Students apply the skills they have acquired to a task carried out individually or as a team of two, and which relates to real and concrete subjects suggested by various bodies (industries, local authorities, government departments). This work is carried out with the help of a researcher instructor from the School and an engineer from the interested party, usually on its premises.

Minor-related activities, an essential feature of teaching in the programme, provides the concluding component of the Master Degree course. It is conducted in the 18 research centres under the guidance of 260 scientists. The latters are in charge of 1,000 research contracts supported by a closely knit network of 200 or more companies.

These activities do not comprise any specialization but rather implementation of the qualities acquired throughout the course: adaptability, lucidity, a sense of observation, a practical sense, mastery of fundamental theoretical tools, rapid adaptation to a specific technical field and an aptitude for communication and teamwork. Choosing a minor does not necessarily mean focusing, after graduation, on a specific industrial sector or on commitment to a specific career.
Training received through the minor and the substantial individual work provided by the student are not aimed at ensuring mastery of a specific discipline or sector. They provide an opportunity for working in a team, in contact with researchers and practitioners, to arrive at a practical solution to a particular problem requiring an exceptional capacity for both analysis and synthesis. The work of students in their minor involves stating a problem correctly, constructing their approach and offering tangible solutions. This can only be achieved by devoting adequate time to a particular field.

42 Minors credits – to be chosen among 17 sub-fields: