How to Study in Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), France

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Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Pierre and Marie Curie University) is a leading French university and also the nation’s largest medical and scientific institution. It engages in the development of high-level research, proven by its numerous medals, international prizes and collaboration with hundreds of other international universities.

Established in 1971, following the 1968 break-up of the Paris Faculty of Science into a number of different universities, the institution then adopted the name of two of its notable alumni and Nobel Laureates – Pierre and Marie Curie. The university has about 31,000 students with seven research and training units – Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, Medicine, Physics; plus life, Earth, environmental and biodiversity sciences.

The institution encircles the Paris Astrophysics Institute,Ecole polytechnique universitaire, the Henri Poincaré Institute and three marine stations at Roscoff, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Banyuls-sur-Mer.

The alumni association boasts of 17 Nobel Laureates – Jacques Monod, Jean- Baptiste Perrin (for his work on the atom), Claude Cohen-Tannoudji,Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (for her work on discovering the HIV virus), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (an expert in quantum physics), Gabriel Lippmann, Henri Moissan, and Maurice Allais among others. Other renowned alumni include Serge Haroche, Jean-Michel Coron, Michael Talagrand and Dominique Strauss-Khan.

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UPMC Facts and Figures

  • 31,000 students of which 20% are international
  • 3,000 doctoral candidates
  • 9,600 in staff, of which 3,750 are professor-researchers
  • 100 research laboratories
  • 8 main teaching hospitals
  • 8,500 publications per year (approximately 11 percent of the publication in France)


Ranked the top university in France and 6th in Europe by both Shanghai and Taiwan. The 2014 Shanghai University lists ranks the UPMC as 35th in the world

It is also 4th in the world for mathematics and a member of three of the five European innovation networks in Climate, ICT and Health.


European Countries

  • Applying for Level 1 (L1)

For students who are citizens of one of the 27 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein must apply via the Post-Bac Admission (APB) as applications directly to the university is no longer allowed. Registration, vows and ordered list of vows are made from January 20 to March 20 for all courses.

For the license level at UPMC, a minimum level of B2 in French is required for application. Candidates must present a diploma or a certificate recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education certifying your level (TCF, DELF, TEF).

In choosing UPMC in APB:

  • Choose the MIME course (mathematics, computer science, mechanics, electronics), if you are primarily interested in mathematics or computer science.
  • Choose the course BGPC (biology, geology, physics, chemistry), if you are interested in life sciences or earth sciences.
  • Choose the PCME course (physics, chemistry, mechanics, electronics), if you a primarily interested in physics or chemistry.
  • Applying for License 2 (L2)

Candidates can apply for second year directly online on the university website. The registration will be incomplete if you do not present a diploma or a certificate recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education certifying your level of French (B2 minimum). Candidates will have to choose a profile of a foreign candidate holding a foreign diploma from the European area.

  • Applying for License 3, Master 1 or Master 2

Candidates are not subject to a language test and there is no need for a student visa application. However, a level of B2 in French is advised because majority of the courses are taught in French. You can apply online on the university website between mid-April and June (Master1), between mid-April and mid-July (Master2) and mid-April to May (L3). Download the form and indicate your choice and follow the progress of the application with the unique identifier sent to you.

  • Applying to Medicine

Candidates are not concerned by the student visa application. Applications for the AEF (first year of health studies = pharmacy, odontology, medicine, physiotherapy, maieutics) via the CEE files will be put online on the Faculty of Medicine website.

French regulations do not allow direct registration in Medicine in France. Students who have started medical studies abroad are forced to enrol in the first year, if they wish to pursue it in France. The use of French is also essential for training.

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Foreign Students

Foreign students applying for mobility at UPMC within the framework of an Erasmus exchange or outside Europe must do so before the deadlines. For the 1st semester, the deadline for paper submission is 31st May and 31st October for the 2nd semester. For medicine, deadline is 31st May for both first and second semester.

The application form must be filled and signed by your university and sent with other additional documents. The documents required are a letter of motivation in French (or in English), a curriculum vitae in French (or in English), and latest transcripts.

Students who are not citizens of a European country must apply for a student visa several weeks before arrival in France.

Courses taught in English

Some courses are taught in English from the Master Level

Faculty of Biology

Course Level
Molecular and cellular biology (BMC) specialty Master 2
BMC specialty – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Master 2
International Master Program Specialty: From Developmental Biology to Medicine, Evolution and Systems Biology Master 1 and 2
IMP specialty – Cell and Stem Cell Biology Master 1 and 2
IMP specialty – Biotherapies and Immunology Master 2
Integrative Biology and Physiology (BIP) specialty – Neurosciences Master 2

Faculty Earth, Environment, Biodiversity

Course Level
SDUEE specialty – Oceanography and Marine Environments (OEM) Master 2
SDUEE specialty – Ocean, Atmosphere, Climate and Remote Sensing Master 2

Faculty of Engineering

Course Level
Informatics specialty Networks (RES) – EIT Digital Master 1 and 2
Bioinformatics and Modeling Master 2
Fluid Mechanics, foundations and applications specialty Master 2
Engineering for Health (IPS) specialty – Mechantronic Systems for Rehabilitation Master 2

Faculty of Mathematics

Course Level
Mathematics for modeling specialization specialty – Numerical Analysis and Partial Differential Equations Master 2
Mathematics and Biology Master 2

Faculty of Physics

Course Level
Physics and Applications (MPA) specialty – Interuniversity Physic Training Master 1
MPA specialty – complex systems Master 2
MPA Specialty – International Center for Fundamental Physics Master 2
MPA specialty – Nuclei Particles Astroparticles Cosmology Master 2
MPA specialty – Materials science and Nano-objects (NANOMAT) Master 2

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