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IFP School
École nationale supérieure du pétrole et des moteurs
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Former names
Type French Graduate School
Established 1954
Dean Jean-Luc Karnik
Students 611 (2008)
Postgraduates 500/year
Location Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France, France
Campus Suburban

The IFP School (formerly ENSPM - École nationale supérieure du pétrole et des moteurs) is a graduate engineering school located in Rueil-Malmaison, France. Founded in 1954, IFP School is part of the French Instituted of Petroleum (IFP), a French public-sector research and training center. The school graduates approximately 500 students per year in 17 graduate programs (8 in english), employing 40 regular professors and 350 instructors from industry. [1]


While several institutions for oil and gas research and training existed in France since 1924, after the creation of IFP in 1944 these various institutions were folded into IFP and moved to the Ruiel-Malmaison campus. The formal merger occured in 1954, when by governmental decree the École nationale supérieure du pétrole et des moteurs (ENSPM) was formed and associated with the Fuels Department of the French Ministry of Industry.

The school has evolved since its inception by creating the Center for Petroleum Economics (1963), expanding into graduate research degrees (1975), adding english language programs (1989), offering apprenticeship training (1996), and launching off-site degrees in critical energy regions around the world (2002).[2]


IFP School is located on the IFP campus in Rueil-Malmaison, 12.6 km (7.8 mi) from the center of Paris. The campus consists of an administrative building, the academic building (containing classrooms, computer labs, offices, and a library), a cafeteria, and a dormitory (132 apartments).

Off-site degree programs are also offered in Algeria, Nigeria, Malaysia, Russia and Venezuela, through partnerships with local universities and industrial sponsors.

Organization and Administration[edit]

Research and academics are divided in to four centers, with Management and Administration considered a separate department.[3] The departments are:

Each center is staffed by a director, program coordinators, and academic staff.


IFP School primarily provides graduate training programs to both young engineers and industry professionals. Research masters and doctoral theses can be prepared in IFP's laboratories in all fields related to oil, gas, new energy technologies or engines. Approximately 50% of the student body is from outside of France, and with 80% of students receiving scholarships or corporate sponsorship, IFP claims a 99% employment rate of graudating students.[4] Notable degrees, organized by Center, include[3]:

Center for Economics and Management

Center for Exploration-Production

  • Petroleum Geosciences, Geology or Geophysics
  • Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering and Project Development
  • Lithosphere, Basins, Oil

Center for IC Engines and Hydrocarbon Utilizations

  • Powertrain Engineering
  • Energy and Products
  • Energy and Powertrain

Center for Refining, Petrochemicals, Gas

  • Processes and Polymers
  • Energy and Processes

In 2010, a team of five students from the IFP School "Petroleum Geosciences" program (made up of geologists and geophysicists of the 2010 class) won the Imperial Barrel Award, a worldwide competition sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.[5]

Student Life[edit]

Various activities outside of the classroom are organized at IFP School, centered around language courses, the Business Skills Center, and several Cultural and athletic associations.[6] IFP's campus is a 30 minute commute from central Paris by RER A, so much of the student life is centered there.

Noted People[edit]


  1. ^ "IFP School - Key Facts". Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "IFP School - History". Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "IFP School - Organization". Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "IFP School". Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "IBA Recipients". Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "IFP School - School Life". Retrieved 1 June 2010. 

External Links[edit]

[Official Site]