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Coordinates: 47°18′44″N 5°04′27″E / 47.31231°N 5.074101°E / 47.31231; 5.074101

Ecole Supérieurs d'Ingénieurs de Recherche en Matériaux et en Informatique/Électronique
Type Public
Established 1991
Director Albert Dipanda (acting director)
Students Ésirémiens, Ésirémiennes
Undergraduates Classe préparatoire
Postgraduates BAC+5, French equivalent to Master's Degree
Location Burgundy, Burgundy, France

Ecole supérieurs d'ingénieurs de recherche en matériaux et en Informatique/Électronique (ESIREM) is a French public research engineering school founded in 1991. It is one of the five[a] grandes écoles of the University of Burgundy and is located in Dijon, France. The professors (mostly researchers) have been involved in efforts to develop data processing, embedded systems, medicals,[clarification needed] telecommunications networks, algorithms and optics. The engineering programs offered at ESIREM have also expanded beyond the physical sciences to include courses such as business management and project management.

The school was previously known as FIRST and changed its name to ESIREM in 1998.

Degrees offered[edit]

ESIREM delivers diplômes d'ingénieurs (equivalent to Masters of Engineering or MEng in Anglophone countries) in two distinguished fields, Informatique/Électronique (computer science and electronics) and Matériaux (material science). Each department has about 50-100 students and produces about 100 graduates a year. Its building is located between the sports faculty and the sciences faculty at the University of Burgundy.

Both engineering degree programs are accredited by the Commission des titres d'ingénieur[1] (CTI) and Ministère de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche[2] (Ministry of higher education and research). ESIREM is a member of the Conference de Grandes Ecoles de Bourgogne.[3]


ESIREM has the standard admission process for Grandes écoles, where students have to have completed the following series of preparatory coursework:

Admission to first year (out of three years)

These are Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Science, and Modern Technologies
  • IUT scientifique (2 years)
  • Licence scientifique (2 years)

Admission to second year (out of three years)

Admissions are highly selective and based on exam results and personal interviews.

Students also can sit for a national exam[4] for Grandes écoles.

Tuition costs[edit]

The average tuition is €700 a year, with scholarships available. The fee includes lectures, lab studies, insurance and registration. See Education in France for further details.


Most lectures are conducted in French. Students are also required to pass the TOEIC English test with a minimum mark of 750/990. While most students are French, there are significant numbers of foreign students starting a program each year. Students are encouraged to intern in foreign countries.


Matériaux or material sciences was the main degree program at ESIREM when it was founded. It covers all aspects of material science, research and material engineering.


Informatique/Électronique (Computer engineering, telecommunication and electronic engineering) was founded in 2003 in response to the increasing demand for engineers in the industry worldwide. First-year students in this program are required to complete an extensive two-semester core curriculum that covers physics, mathematics and computer science.

During the second year, students can choose to pursue their studies in embedded electronics architecture (Architectures Electroniques Embarquées (A.E.E)) or network security, quality and architecture (Sécurité et Qualité des Architectures des Réseaux (S.Q.A.R)). Students are trained to overcome stress and solve problems professionally during the second and third years, becoming skilled engineers in a number of areas.

Contrat professionnalisation (for final year students only)[edit]

Students who wish to work in the engineering industry can work under ESIREM's supervision at the company of their choice. Students must complete project-based activities during this period, rather than odd jobs. The contrat professionnalisation (or Contrat Pro) begins in October and lasts until the end of the school year.


Students are required to complete an internship each year. In the first year, the internship must last at least a month. In the second year, it is at least 10 weeks, and in the third year, at least five months.

Many students intern abroad in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Research and collaboration[edit]

ESIREM has numerous collaborative partnerships with labs,[5][6][7][8] foreign universities and companies. These collaborations have been gradually increasing.


BDE ESIREM is an active student council that manages various activities from the annual GALA to sports events.



a. ^ The other Grandes écoles are Agrosup Dijon (ex-ENESAD and ENSBANA), ISAT[9] and ITII[10]


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