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Enseignements | Master

In order to graduate, masters students must earn 120 credits in two years. A teaching unit (“unité d'enseignement”, UE) of 24 hours corresponds to 6 credits.

The masters program takes two years (master 1 and master 2). Each year is divided in two semesters, S1-S2 and S3-S4.


Students enrolled in master 1 must complete:

-      the three basic UE  (U1, U2 and U3).

-      three fundamental UE (UEF).

-      two others UE of their choice.

-      a research paper of approximately thirty pages.


Students enrolled in master 2 who graduated master 1 must complete:

-      five UE of their choice.

-      a research paper.


Students who, taking into account their curriculum, were allowed to enrolldirectly in master 2 without having followed the master 1 seminars must complete:

-      two basic UE  (from among U1, U2 and U3).

-      three fundamental UE (UEF).

-      a research paper.


Basic UE

These seminars are obligatory, and follow a workshop format that consists in learning research by practicing it. They are a systematic introduction to methodological, historiographical questions, and questions of sources.

Two of them occur during the first semester S1 (or S3). The first one, “Introduction à la philosophie, la sociologie et l’histoire des sciences” (U1) aims at grasping the different approaches of the sciences and knowledge (history, philosophy, sociology of sciences), and underlying historiographical and epistemological aspects.

The second one, “Histoire des sciences, des savoirs et des techniques: périodes, thèmes et enjeux” (U2), intends to provide the major elements of periodisation in the history of science, knowledge and technology, in a long historical perspective. It consists in the study of several historical scientific themes that characterize each chronological interval and context.

The third one, “Sources et méthodes” (U3), occurs during the second semester S2 (or S4). Students are asked to work directly on sources – texts, material and visual sources – and the objective is to offer them a solid introduction to the foundations of the intellectual work through practice.


Future possibilities and fellowships

A logical continuation of the EHESS is to enter a PhD program. Students can also prepare for examinations for teaching in secondary school (agrégation, capes). The HSTS program is also excellent training for careers in scientific journalism, science policy and management, and the like.

Students can apply for doctoral fellowships after the master 2: doctoral contracts of the EHESS, grants of the CNRS, DGA-CNRS grants, and the like. For more information about the fellowships and grants of the EHESS, visit the student webpage:


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Centre Alexandre-Koyré

Campus Condorcet / bât. EHESS
2 cours des Humanités
93322 Aubervilliers cedex