The third year at Supélec offers 13 different majors, divided among the School’s five main fields:
Each Major is supervised by a team of teacher-researchers specialized in a clearly defined industrial sector, the objective being to have the student acquire the corresponding know-how, and thus guarantee his future integration in the industrial world.
The Teaching third year is divided into two periods: the first one academic period extending from September to March is followed by an end of studies project of a duration of five months, in industry or in a research laboratory.
During the first two school terms, the activities offered to students consist of courses, directed work, studies, seminar and projects. Overall, education (excluding projects, seminar and modern languages) is formed to a specific teaching half of the major followed for half a Further Education chosen from a set of teaching units called minor. These may be minor deepening in the field of major, openness to other areas or directed trades or industries. Teaching of modern languages training complete the academic year.
This teaching, intended to increase knowledge of the student in the chosen field of specialization, is provided either by teacher researchers (core curriculum courses) or by engineers of industries (specialists domain for more technical courses).
Students have to choose six teaching units of 27 hours each from among those offered to them on their campuses. The terms of this choice are detailed in briefings at the start of the third year.
Some students are allowed to prepare a graduate training. They then attend classes at the University and are exempt from some minor teaching units.
3/ Studies and Projects
Short studies (one to eight sessions of 4.5 hours depending on the study and major) or long (projects) are making during academic period. Long studies mostly made in the form of inustrial contract (Convention d'Etude Industrielle). Those studies, with the end of studies project, are two essential components of the pedagogy of Supéeec that facilitate the transition to the corporate world. Students, organized in pairs or groups of three, performing a research project or development on a subject proposed to the School by a company under a partnership agreement. This project is under the responsibility of a scientific and educational research professor. At the end, a memory and an oral presentation have to be done.
Students have to choose a seminar from those offered. This seminar takes the form of instruction four days stuck on full time. They consist mostly in a formal situation (case studies, leadership training...).
5/ Foreign Languages
The third graders are required to attend two half-language modules, that is to say a niche of one thirty languages per week for the first two school terms.
The courses are organized into sequences, the same principle that the first and second years. The languages offered to students on the campus of Gif are: German, English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish-language, Italian, Japanese and Russian. For students on campus in Metz and Rennes, the possibilities depend on the requests. There are, in all languages, basic modules, application modules, modules for language proficiency. In German, English and Spanish, there are more half-thematic modules.
As soon as they fully meet the requirement level of 2.5 in English (minimum level required for the award of the diploma), students are free to choose any of the languages taught at Supélec.
If they do not have the required level, the students involved must improve their English skills in the areas where deficiencies exist.
Students who wish to devote more personal time on these languages are free to do so by taking advantage of courses offered on Thursday afternoon or evening in some cases.
6/ End of Studies Project
From early April (spring break included), students should work on graduation of five months and the result is taking decisive action in awarding the degree.
This work occurs most often in the form of an internship in business or practitioner in a research laboratory. This is a problem to solve real and concrete placed by the company on a topic located in major domain.
Internship proposals result from either an industry initiative, is an approach the professor responsible for the major or the student. The student is authorized to establish the placement agreement, after approval of his responsible.
The monitoring of students is provided by the responsible for the major or by a teacher appointed by him. The student must report periodically on his work and any difficulties that might arise.
This work gives rise to the writing of a thesis and a presentation in front of professors of Supelec and engineers from the company that followed the student. A level is directly evaluated.
NB : Third year students may at the same time complete a Master's Research Degree of Supelec.