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Apprenticeship (IKSEM) Dual degree


Master in Information and Knowledge Systems Engineering and Management  (apprenticeship)


Last year in dual degree 2015-2016

IKSEM (IKS Engineering and Management) master has been created in 2009 as a dual degree in Management of IKS and in Computer Science (MIAGE).


From the academic year 2016-2017, the dual degree will be replaced by two distinct master degrees, the one presented in the web page for candidates, Opens external link in new windowMIKS, is in Management Science.


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IKSEM features

English Medium of instruction: All teaching, course material, course and practical/project work are in English.


The National French 'Apprentissage' Style of teaching/learning: Under IKSEM students spend alternate periods in the company and academia (cycle of 4 weeks in industry followed by 2 weeks in academia). They work under mentorship of two designated mentors, one each in industry and academics, respectively.


Earn while you Learn: Each admitted student to IKSEM is provided paid contractual employment worth between 1000 and 2000 Euros per month, for one year with a French company. The Centre de Formation par l'Apprentissage, CFA-AFIA, co-ordinates the relationship between the University, the companies and IKSEM students. As part of this, it assists students in finding employment and paying for their tuition fees.


A multi-cultural environment for learning together: In the 2011 batch, 73% of the students have a curriculum from the University, 27% of them were engineers before acceeding to the programme. 36% are not french (8 different nationalities including french). 41% have a previous experience in the industry as apprenticeship before joining us.


An international seminar: In 2011 and 2012, students visited the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain). The seminar included a 4-day academic programme and a day for industrail and cultural discovery. In 2013, students participated to the IEEE International RCIS (Research Challenges in Information Science) Conference at Sorbonne. 2015 batch students participated to the same conference in Athens at the Harokopio University.



Candidates  must  have  passed  the  first   year  of  a  Masters  programme  in  Computer  Science,   Software Engineering, Information Science or allied area.  They  must  have  completed  240  credits  in  the  European   System,  with  a  background  in  ICT.  Those  exposed  to Management shall be given preference.




  • To provide to students knowledge and know how on Information and Knowledge Systems (IKS) engineering and management.
  • To expose them to its immediate experience in French industry by performing tasks that are closely related to the academic instruction
  • To develop multidisciplinary skills to allow students to become adept at recognizing and orchestrating the interplay between IKS, organization strategy and business processes


Student output profile 

At the end of the course students shall have acquired a range of knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful in their professional life. Specifically, they shall have

  • knowledge about management and governance of IKS from the dual perspective of business and computing
  • know how to solve complex problems by selecting an assembly of appropriate techniques
  • soft skills for effective communication, inter-personal relationships and group work

Course curriculum

The curriculum is of 13 months duration. It begins in October and ends in the following September. It comprises of 8 sessions of 2 weeks each at the University and 9 sessions of 4 weeks each in industry. The curriculum is divided in two equal semesters.


Student status as an Apprentice

Thanks to the 'apprentissage' mode of learning, an IKSEM student has the following characteristics:

  • signs an 'apprenticeship' contract
  • gets a paid contractual employment
  • is enrolled as a student of the IKSEM programme to the University Paris1 Panthéon Sorbonne.



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