An interdisciplinary program

Drive the change towards a sustainable future

Master AIRE - Interdisciplinary Approaches in Research and Education

The Université Paris Cité AIRE Master’s Degree is looking for students willing to accelerate the transitions of the 21st-century related to the sustainable development goals. Our interdisciplinary programme focuses on student-driven research-led projects combining deep theory and practice, collective design, international networking and exploring the unknown. This innovative learning experience provides a strong emphasis on empowering students to become independent thinkers and agents of change, better equipped to address the complex and rapidly changing challenges we face at individual, collective and planetary levels.

The world is currently facing an unprecedented number of complex crises. By leveraging new fields of expertise, we can mitigate the negative effects human activity is having on the planet and create a brighter future. Students will develop the capacities necessary to engage with these challenges such as agency, resilience and systems-thinking. To help them achieve this, they will acquire the tools necessary to navigate uncharted waters through courses combining approaches to health sciences, exact and natural sciences, earth sciences, social sciences and the humanities (e.g. science of sustainability, data science & statistics, information science, project management, etc.). Students will benefit from an environment of co-construction allowing for the development of strong foundations in Social and Scientific Entrepreneurship. To learn to care for oneself, others and the planet, students will be given the scope necessary to design effective solutions to the problems of our time regarding such questions as planetary health, environmental justice, education for sustainable development, etc.

We value a solid background (academic achievements and projects) in any discipline (e.g. with interests in life sciences, learning sciences, and/or digital sciences) together with an analytical and creative mindset. All further experiences (volunteering, business, entrepreneurial, artistic, etc.) are greatly appreciated and valued.

Applicants in September 2023 will have the exciting opportunity of joining our evolving interdisciplinary programme and participate in the curriculum-design.

The AIRE Master’s Degree is a national 2-year diploma of Université Paris Cité. The degree is part of the EURIP Graduate School which offers opportunities to continue your postgraduate studies with a 3-year PhD for selected applicants.

  • ~100 students each year
  • Tackle our world's greatest challenges
  • Engage in collaborative projects in the student clubs and labs of the Learning Planet Institute.
Our campus

The AIRE Master is hosted at the Learning Planet Institute.

The Learning Planet Institute campus is located in the heart of the Marais district in Paris. Students studying at the Learning Planet Institute profit from a vibrating ecosystem rich in seminars, research groups, global initiatives about research and education, club activities, and 150 square meters of students' lab space.

The Learning Planet Institute, a crossroad of inspiring people and projects, hosts interdisciplinary research groups whose focus lies on the broad theme of Open Science.

The Institute hosts several Citizen Science initiatives and weekly seminars and events, with the scope of promoting quality research and sustainable development in science, education and the digital revolution.

Studying at the Learning Planet Institute

The Learning Planet Institute’s perspective is to train by Research, Involving, and Action

There are 20 nationalities in the Learning Planet Institute. Courses are in English. Social life is multilingual and multicultural.

At the Learning Planet Institute, there are as many cultures and backgrounds as there are reasons to learn and practice IT. In the training various profiles are cohabitants:

  • Students in Learning, Life and Digital Sciences, at the end of a Bachelor or a Master.
  • Biologists, doctors, educators, psychologists, lawyers who accompany or anticipate the change of their activity.
  • Engineers, researchers, designers, innovators who exploit research fields through experimentation and want to get their hands on the technical paste.

The AIRE Master's degree is part of EURIP Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Research

Our pedagogy

Project-based learning

Students are coming to the AIRE Master with their own project, or at least with an intention. During their training, students will have the opportunity to develop projects directly during the classes. Collaborative working is at the heart of the pedagogy in every course: the richness of your different backgrounds helps to create multifaceted, well-rounded projects where everyone contributes and everyone learns something new. It also helps you put in a real-life context the object of your studies. If it’s relevant for both the students and the teachers.

Active pedagogies

Teachers are not the only ones to be active during a session: students are also expected to contribute actively. They give feedback to the teacher and vice-versa. The output is formalized and there is a reflexive debrief step at the end of the session. All courses are structured slightly differently, but in all of them, the students’ contribution is fundamental, and object of evaluation.

Peer-to-peer learning

Students are coming from many different backgrounds. This diversity is one of the most enriching features for the Master. At the beginning of the year, students will need the skills and ideas from each other to catch up on some of the courses. This is how you will learn the most: sharing your knowledge and “teaching” to your colleagues. This is very important in the dynamic of the Master.