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LMD 2004-2008: Positive Overview for Undergraduate Students

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  • 9 Science and Technology Bachelor's Degrees
  • 11 Master's Programmes with
    70 Specialisations
  • 1 Master of Engineering Program
    (5 years)
  • 28 International Programs 

LMD 2004-2008: Positive Overview for Undergraduate Students

"The UPMC range of undergraduate and masters courses covers all of our research competences within a single field - science and technology," explains Patrick Porcheron, Vice-President of studies. We have replaced the 195 licence (undergraduate degree), maîtrise (one-year graduate degree taken after the licence), DEA and DESS (postgraduate diplomas) titles with 10 licence subjects and 10 masters subjects, offering a total of 61 possibilities for specialisation in the second year of the masters, without decreasing the scope of our range. To control teaching costs, the attendance threshold required to create a licence or masters teaching unit has been set at 30 registered students for the licence, 15 for the first year masters and 10 for the second year masters."

First year undergraduate studies, the 'cycle d'integration', are the same for all licence subjects and cover two semesters. It serves to smooth the transition between upper secondary school and university. The four semesters covering the second and third years of each general licence and involving in-depth studies (cycles d'approndissement) and specialisation studies (cycles de spécialisation), allow students to gain a solid grounding and skills in the various disciplines of the licence de sciences et technologies (science and technology), as well as the prerequisites needed to enter a masters course at UPMC. Various initiatives aiming to attract motivated students have been launched:  

-for baccalauréat holders: cooperation with the upper secondary schools in underprivileged areas of the Île-de-France region, demanding joint interdisciplinary undergraduate degree courses;  

-for students from preparatory classes for the Grandes Ecoles competitive entrance examinations: optimum reorientation for unsuccessful students from the preparatory classes.

The policy of student integration and retention at UPMC is based on pedagogical assistance from guidance officers and tutors and a well-planned study path throughout the undergraduate programme. Since the beginning of the 2005 academic year, a new building, the Atrium, has been used for first year undergraduate students in the 'cycle d'integration'. Here, in addition to the pedagogical assistance and teaching departments, students find a social environment and a pedagogical resource facility that uses Information and Communication Technologies for education.

In order to facilitate the integration of holders of technology baccalauréats in STI (Sciences et Technologies Industrielles; Science and industrial technologies) and STL (Sciences et Technologie de Laboratoire; Science and laboratory technology), two specific sections have been created in the first year undergraduate study programme. Lecture-style teaching has been reduced in favour of personalised, guided and assessed work in small groups.

In fact, our studies reveal that the vast majority of students that leave UPMC during the 'cycle d'integration' do not consider themselves to have failed and quickly find a course that suits them, DUT (8%), BTS (13%) or licence (28%) at another university. Sixteen percent choose another course, 21% are employed and just 3% are unemployed.