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FAQ

Is the Chair open to students who don’t have scientific or medical training?

In addition to physicians, pharmacists, veterinarians and PhDs in life sciences, we welcome all types of profiles, in particular engineers and graduates in the social sciences and humanities (literature, economics, law, etc.).

Can you follow in the same quarter the "Chaire Santé" courses and the Chair of Therapeutic Innovation courses?

Yes, the two chairs are complementary in terms of both topics and course schedules. Given the workload required from January to March (6 credits in all for both chairs), we recommend that students not take any additional courses.

What is the course schedule for the Chair of Therapeutic Innovation?

The three classes are scheduled from January to March on Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Thursday mornings (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.). There are three HR Days scheduled on thursdays where your presence is required.

What are HR days about?

They consist of three presentations given by the Human Resources of each of the Chair’s partners: Philips, Genzyme and Roche. Each HR Division comes to encounter you on a Thursday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m in the amphi (lunch bags are offered). Positions are presented, along with a selection of internships, VIEs (international volunteer work in a company) and apprenticeships specially selected for Chair students. 

How do you apply to the Chair?

It’s simple: just download the pdf file on the homepage, complete it and return it to the Chair assistant before the deadline. If your application is selected, you will receive a proposed appointment for an interview within 10 days. The jury consists of three people, including an alumni and a senior manager from one of the partner companies.

What is the admissions ratio?

Each year we receive nearly 50 applications from ESSEC students (AST, ASC, MS, PhD and MBA); half of them are admitted in the chair. There are no admissions limits or quotas. We simply take the best profiles.

What criteria do you use to evaluate applicants?

We evaluate the quality of their academic achievements, the breadth of their professional experience, and their international exposure. We look for applicants who are curious, hard workers, strongly motivated to enroll in the Chair, and with mature career plans.

My English skills aren’t strong. What are my chances?

English should not be an obstacle to classroom interactions. Language is not intrinsically a disqualifying factor.

Are the Chair courses on top of the courses required by my MS program?

No. They are included among the electives required to obtain your MS degree.

The Chair classes overlap with my own classes (MS, grande école, etc.). Which ones should be given priority?

You alone can determine your personal priorities. The time you spend at ESSEC is very short, and you may encounter many interesting opportunities, necessarily requiring you to make choices. Once you are admitted to the Chair, you must sign a “Charter of Class Behavior” in which you commit to attending 100% of the Chair classes (including the HR Days). This personal commitment seals your official enrollment in the Chair. We will then contact your program director to formalize your participation and organize your presence in the Chair.

My MS trip takes place during Chair classes. What should I do?

You should consider this early on, before you apply. You must choose between the trip and applying to the Chair, where absences are not accepted.

May I attend classes without being officially admitted to the Chair?

Chair classes are exclusively reserved for students who passed the selection procedure. On special occasions, some conferences may welcome an external audience upon invitation.