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Double Degree Data & Finance X-HEC

The program offers you a perfect balance of theory and practice. Elective courses, Certificates and numerous academic opportunities throughout the program allow you to customize the curriculum to your needs and aspirations

This program is a double degree offered jointly by Ecole Polytechnique and HEC Paris, combining over two years the academic expertise of the best engineering school in France and the best business school in France.

Olivier Bossard

Executive Director

Program Structure

The key aim of the teaching in this Double Degree is to provide students with the tools needed to solve real problems, using structured and unstructured data masses, teaching them to ask the ‘right’ questions (both from statistics, ‘business’ and finance perspectives) and to use the appropriate mathematical and IT tools, and methodology to answer these questions.


The first year teaching focuses largely on the data produced by ‘real-life’ cases obtained in association with the program’s industrial partners. Students will learn how to perform a complete data analysis, from data manipulation, exploration, and visualization to analysis with powerful machine learning methods and to communicate and deploy their solution. Students can also benefit from refresher courses in probability and mathematical foundations of data science.

  • Probability Refresher 
  • Mathematical foundations of data science 

  • Statistics with R
  • Regression
  • Machine Learning I and II
  • Deep Learning and Optimization
  • Python for data science
  • Financial markets
  • Optimization / Deep Learning
  • Numerical processing of financial data
  • Deep learning in finance
  • Languages
  • Human science
  • Sport

A 4-month compulsory internship within a company in a data-related sector, including investment banks (BNP-Paribas, BPCE), hedge funds and firms such as Microsoft, Facebook, Orange, Capgemini.

Learn & develop your skills in AI & Datascience 
Meet other students,DataScientists and professionals from companies who will coach you 
Contribute to solve real issues for companies and society 
Superhands-on experience to highlighting your CV 
Compete with the best students in a good spirit 
Get the chance to spend a day into of the corporate donors office 

During this year, students will take Accelerated Tracks.
These tracks are designed for students who have not yet been exposed to business, finance or accounting terminology and concepts (e.g. engineering, mathematics or econometrics majors).
While the first semester is dedicated to core and advanced core courses, the second semester allows students to choose from a concentration of electives as well as a wide variety of free electives.

  • Soft skills seminar
  • Ethics seminar
  • Probability and statistics refresher
  • Behavioral and Sustainable Finance
  • Introduction to finance 
  • Corporate finance 
  • Financial accounting and reporting 
  • International macroeconomics 
  • Economics of Financial Regulation
  • Empirical Methods in Finance
  • Fixed income and MM
  • Securities markets 
  • Capital markets specialization courses:
  1. Financing Engineering
  2. Quantitative asset management
  • Corporate finance specialization courses:
  1. Corporate restructuring
  2. Derivatives
  • Introduction to data scienc and AI for managers
  • Data analysis in finance
  • Technology Regulation in the Financial Sector
  • Algorithms, Data & Trading
  • Blockchain & cryptocurrencies
  • Credit risk & turnaround of distressed companies
  • Energy and finance
  • Infrastructure and real assets
  • Real estate foundations
  • Numerical analysis
  • Financing decisions of the firms
  • Post-merger Integration
  • Microeconomics of crisis economies
  • Energy markets
  • Bond portfolio management
  • Sustainable & responsible investment
  • Alternative investments
  • Financial modeling
  • Corporate Finance Live
  • Quantitative asset management Financial dimension of strategic decisions
  • Startup Valuation and financing

At the beginning of September, students have the opportunity to go on a study trip to London. The trip offers students plenty of networking opportunities, conferences and team building exercises. Many networking events are organized with HEC Alumni’s UK branch - one of the largest in the world, with numerous active members working in the City.

The 2021-2022 London study trip included company events with:

  • Bank of America - Merrill Lynch
  • Barclays
  • BNP Paribas
  • Blackstone
  • Boussard & Gavaudan
  • Commerzbank
  • Crédit Agricole
  • Exane
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Société Générale CIB
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Unicredit...


HEC Paris and École Polytechnique both boast world-class faculty.

HEC Paris’ permanent faculty all come from the world’s leading research universities such as Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, Yale, etc. They regularly share their work in top academic journals and international conferences. 64% are non-French and represent 29 different nationalities.
École Polytechnique has 670 full-time faculty, including 39% of international.

Evolve in a Dynamic Research Ecosystem

Pushing the frontier of knowledge is a shared priority between HEC Paris and École Polytechnique. Both institutions have created specialized research units in order to provide major interdisciplinary contributions to management, innovation, science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique has for example 22 joint laboratories with the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) or other research institutions, such as the CEA, INRIA, INSERM, Université Paris-Sud, ENSTA ParisTech and UPMC.

HEC Paris has launched chairs with major companies on contemporary issues such as leadership, innovation, and sustainability, but also interdisciplinary research centers:

  • the Society and Organizations Center, which aims at offering new ways of understanding the world and helping organizations to reconcile economic priorities with a new series of imperatives
  • the Entrepreneurship Center, which promotes entrepreneurship through innovative HEC Paris programs, start-ups support, academic and business partnerships
  • the Digital Transformation Center, which addresses the challenges of digital transformation, and brings together businesses and students to work directly on such issues


The HEC Paris faculty consists of over 160 professors, comprising more than 25 different nationalities, with Ph.D.’s from leading universities across the world. They work in all major areas of economics and management.

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