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Frequently Asked Questions - Clues Master's programme

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the application procedure, the tuition fees and costs of the programme, the degree awarded and the job opportunities after graduating from Clues.

  • Application process
    • When can I apply? Applications open in the beginning of January and close in the middle of June. Admissions will be notified as early as mid-January and at the end of June at the latest. 
    • How can I apply? All candidates should use the Master CLUES with online procedure on the Université Paris-Saclay web portal.
    • Applications should be done under the Agrosciences, environment, territory, landscape, forest graduate programme.
    • Can I apply as an ERASMUS student? Yes - you simply need to register with AgroParisTech and are most welcome.  In that configuration you will only attend the first term of classes (from early September to the end of January), and not do the internship period that follows.
    • In which language may I apply? Application should be in English (letter of motivation and a curriculum vitæ). Reference letters should be written in English (but French is also accepted for those).
    • Do I need a certificate of my proficiency in English? TOIEC/TOEFL or IELTS scores are not mandatory  (despite the online registration form, you can upload any relevant document instead)
    • Do I need a certificate of my proficiency in French? In principle we ask for a B2 certificate for French, but it is not mandatory either. We trust that you will pick up enough French during the programme to get by in Paris.
    • I hold a Bachelor degree awarded after 4 years of university studies. Can I apply to Clues directly or do I need to go through a first year of Master's (M1) year beforehand? You do not necessarily need to go through an M1 year if your curriculum is suitable for Clues (see pre-requisites below). For European students: note that you need 240 ECTS credits to be eligible for application at M2 level. We may advise an M1 year otherwise, or provide guidance in your selection of courses at your home university.
    • What are the scientific pre-requisites for the programme ? They are detailed on this web page. In particular we mention a background in i / ecology or ii / applied physics or environmental biophysics, iii / biosphere functioning, including agronomy or land-use planning.
  • Practical details
    • What are the tuition fees? Fees amount to c. 500 € for the whole year, including social security registration. The costs of living in Paris are detailed on this page.
    • Is housing available in Paris? AgroParisTech (which runs the programme for the Paris-Saclay University) does provide student accomodation in houses located in the South of Paris or its immediate outskirts, based on availability. Cost amounts to around 5500 € per annum for a student room. More information here (albeit in French!)
    • Are scholarships available to cover the costs of studying? Université Paris-Saclay does provide a grant scheme for overseas students. Please let us know if you are interested (you may tick the corresponding box in the application form to the programme). Note that students do not apply directly, they need to be selected first by the committee reviewing the Master's applications. If your application is deemed up to the standards of the scholarship programme we will contact you.
  • Pedagogy and course content
    • How large are the classes? The maximum number of students is 14, so the class is a rather small group - conducive for individual coaching and group work. 
  • Graduation and after
    • What type of degree will I receive and who will be delivering it? The degree is a National Master of Sciences, issued by Université Paris-Saclay but bearing the logos of its various components, including AgroParisTech and Université Paris-Sud, for instance. The diploma supplement will list all courses passed by the students, and their grades.
    • What do Clues graduates do after their M2 year? Two years into this new programme it is too early to provide statistics, but 20 to 30% of students embark on a PhD (in France or overseas), others hold positions in public agencies or administrations, or private companies.