Agro ParisTech

AgroParisTech (officially French Institut des sciences et industries du vivant et de l'environnement, or Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences)[1] is a French university-level institution, also known as a "Grande Ecole". It was founded on January 1, 2007, by the merger of three life sciences grandes écoles.

Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences
Institut des sciences et industries du vivant et de l'environnement
Motto"Le vivant, notre vocation"
Motto in English
"Life, our vocation"
Established2007 (merger of 3 grandes écoles)
Administrative staff
Paris and Paris region (Grignon, Massy), Nancy, Montpellier, Kourou
Campus9 campuses (4 in Paris and the greater Paris area). The campuses of Paris will be moved into a single campus in Paris-Saclay in 2018

Leader in life sciences and agronomy, AgroParisTech is one of the foremost and most prestigious Grandes Ecoles. AgroParisTech is one of the founding members of the Université Paris-Saclay, which will be the largest European multidisciplinary campus. AgroParisTech will consequently be moving to the Paris-Saclay business and research-intensive cluster in 2018.

AgroParisTech is a member of the UniverSud Paris and the Paris Institute of Technology (or Paris Tech). The latter is a consortium of ten graduate institutes of science and engineering. AgroParisTech is also part of 'The Life and Environmental Science and Technology Hub' of the Paris region, together with INRA, Cemagref, AFSSA, the École nationale vétérinaire d'Alfort, and the Versailles National School of Landscape architecture.


AgroParisTech is the merger of three graduate institutes of science and engineering located around Paris:

The public higher education system in France includes universities and other institutions called the “Grandes Écoles”. The “Grandes Écoles” are the best rated pathways for higher education in Engineering and Management. The vast majority of the chief executives in major French companies and of top managers in the French Administration are graduates from the “Grandes Écoles”. The features are:

  • A very selective admission process through which students are either admitted by a nationwide entrance exam (notably after two or three years of “prépas”) or by the virtue of excellent academic records;
  • 5 years (Master’s degrees) to 8 years (PhD and post-Master’s degrees) of higher education;
  • The degree course at the “Grandes Ecoles” includes compulsory internships in laboratories and companies, in France or abroad
  • The prestige of the “Grandes Ecoles” and contacts with major enterprises provide an easy access to the job market.


AgroParisTech is organized into five departments:

  • Agronomy, Forestry, Water and Environmental Science and Technology,
  • Life Science and Health,
  • Science and Engineering for Food and Bioproducts,
  • Social science, Economics and Management,
  • Modeling: Mathematics, Informatics and Physics

Academic programs

AgroParisTech offers different Masters:

  • 3 different Masters of Engineering (MEng):
    • Agronomy
    • Food Science and Engineering
    • Forestry
  • 2 Masters of Science (MSc)
  • 1 Master's program with 5 domains that cover most fields of Life Science and Technology
  • one of 7 partner universities in the Master of Science in European Forestry program

It also offers:

  • a wide range of Ph.D. programs.
  • 1 Post-Master's degree for Management and Administration in environmental sciences and policies, proposed by ENGREF, a post-graduate institute of AgroParisTech.
  • 9 Post-master professional certificates (one-year post graduate training)

Research programmes

AgroParisTech has:

  • 39 research laboratories,
  • 300 researchers

See also


  1. English naming according to English brochure Archived 2008-12-09 at the Wayback Machine

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