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The candidates may apply from April 20th until May 14th, 2017.

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Apprenticeship (MIKS)


Master in Management of Information an Knowledge Systems  (apprenticeship)


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


From the academic year 2016-2017, the dual degree has been replaced by two distinct master degrees, the one presented here, MIKS, is in Management Science.



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MIKS features

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


The National French 'Apprentissage' Style of teaching/learning: Under MIKS 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.Thus there is a continuous cross fertilization between course work and industrial practice.


Earn while you Learn: Each admitted student to MIKS 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 MIKS students. As part of this, it assists students in finding employment and paying for their tuition fees.


An innovative pedagogy: Each class is composed in equal shares of students having a background in ICT and of students having a background in management. These apprentices work and learn together during a year in realistic situations of IKS projects bringing together the IT specialists and all stakeholders of IKS and of IKS projects. The pedagogy which is adopted allows these apprentices to get ready for their future professions in which they cannot excel without a successful alliance between business teams and IT teams. This is henceforth an inescapable condition so that the organizations succeed in their business/IT alignment and IT governance (and corporate governance) in the service of a responsible and sustainable competitivity. The MIKS Master allows to acquire the necessary skills to successfuly build this alliance.


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. In 2017, MIKS students participated to the International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAISE) in Essen-Duisburg.



Candidates  must  have  passed  the  first   year  of  a  Masters  programme  in  Information Science,  Management Science,   Software Engineering, Computer Science or allied area.  They  must  have  completed  240  credits  in  the  European   System,  with  a  background  in  ICT and in management.




  • To provide to students knowledge and know how on Information and Knowledge Systems (IKS) and engineering management for IKS; engineering management is a specialised form of management that is concerned whith the application of engineering principles to business practice

  • 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.


Student status as an Apprentice

Thanks to the 'apprentissage' mode of learning, a MIKS student has the following characteristics:

  • signs an 'apprenticeship' contract

  • gets a paid contractual employment

  • is enrolled as a student of the MIKS programme to the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.



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