Stratégie de recherche / Axes et programmes

Research themes and programs

Enriching and mastering knowledge in all its forms is the University’s main objective, whether in terms of conducting research, offering education, contributing to innovation and transferring knowledge. 

Thanks to its 135 research units, Sorbonne University brings together a scientific community of 6,400 academic researchers and partner researchers. This group is involved in a variety of scientific disciplines, relying on a strong intellectual tradition enabling them to address the most fundamental issues. Mobilising disciplines ranging from humanities to medicine, via technological sciences (computer science, robotics, etc.), formal (mathematics) or natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, geology, etc.), Sorbonne University is the perfect crucible for tackling, in a cross-sector and interdisciplinary manner, the issues raised by our environment and society. 

Based on these disciplines, Sorbonne University cultivates different ways of conducting research to address every dimension:

  • Research into disciplinary subjects, advancing the frontiers of knowledge 
  • Research into contemporary issues or societal challenges, where skills need to be combined in an interdisciplinary manner dictated by the object studied; research in this case provides the understanding necessary for informed decision-making, advice to stakeholders, the proposal of solutions and shared information. 
  • Research into subjects in areas that are industrial, technological, social, where the subject needs to be investigated in situ. Research then makes it possible to identify subjects in their systemic complexity. 

Sorbonne University is a leading player in contributing to the enrichment of knowledge. Its community, which is very dynamic, has an international influence and boasts first-rate recognition: two Nobel Prizes in Physics (Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and Serge Haroche), a Nobel Prize in Medicine (Françoise Barré-Sinoussi), three Fields Medals (Wendelin Werner, Cédric Villani and Arthur Avila), a Henri Poincaré Prize, and 150 ERCs in its laboratories. The CNRS gold medal in 1996, 1998 and 2009 and a number of silver medals have been awarded to members of the academic community of Sorbonne University, a community that provides more than a quarter of the members of the Academy of Sciences and Medicine.

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The Faculty of Medicine teaches the 3 cycles of medical studies: from PASS (integrated into the faculty) to the 3rd cycle including DES, DESC, DU and DIU. The lessons are given mainly on two sites: Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine. The faculty also provides paramedical education: speech therapy, psychomotricity and orthoptics. The Saint-Antoine site includes a midwifery school.

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One of our riches is the diversity of students and their backgrounds. Sorbonne University is committed to the success of each of its students and offers them a wide range of training as well as support adapted to their profile and their project.

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Welcome to Sorbonne University's Faculty of Science & Engineering

A unique combination of courses and expertise

Our international study programmes are organised according to the major disciplinary areas of the faculty. They represent the graduate study programmes that are not strictly conducted in French or that could be suitable (in part) for non French-speaking students. They also reflect part of the diversity of the disciplines involved and the bi- and inter-disciplinary aspects of many of the courses we offer.


Research & Innovation

We rely on disciplinary skills and on interdisciplinary approaches to renew concepts, methods and research subjects and to focus on some of the crucial issues faced by our societies: transformations affecting the very construction of knowledge (data, AI), the treatment of complex objects (the environment, marine and ocean sciences, cultural heritage) or our contributions to addressing societal challenges (climate change, healthcare).

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Our campuses offer different and unique experiences to our students, visitors and staff. Resources and support services are also available to ensure an equal chance at success to all.

Campus Life

In addition to the cultural activities and events organised throughout the year by our clubs and societies, the Parismus society organises numerous events, evenings and cultural visits that will help you discover France and its parisian life.







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