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Sciences Po Aix Diploma

2nd year entrance exam

Application fees

120 € - 60 € for scholarship holders of the current year

Registration period

January 4, 2023
February 23, 2023

Exam date

Saturday, March 25, 2023



Public Law, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, Arts and Letters / Admissions Center

Phone : 04 65 04 70 71

Sciences Po Aix organizes an entrance examination for the 2nd year of the initial training diploma every year on one day in the spring.

Admission requirements

Access to the competition is exclusively reserved for candidates who have validated (or are in the process of validating at the time of the competition) at least 60 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System). A total of 30 places are offered.


The competition consists of three written tests which take place on a single day:

  • A written test on contemporary issues in the form of an essay with two subjects of your choice on themes made public in the autumn preceding the competition (duration 3 hours, coefficient 2)
  • A written test in one of the following modern languages: English, German, Spanish or Italian (duration 1h30, coefficient 2). The test consists of two parts: written comprehension and essay.
  • A written test in a speciality to be chosen from History, Economics, Political Science or Constitutional Law in the form of an essay on a single subject (duration 3 hours, coefficient 3).

The programme of the specialities is as follows:

The history test consists of a 3-hour dissertation on the history of Europe from 1848 to the aftermath of the Second World War. A general historical culture on the history of Europe is expected. It is necessary to master the main milestones in the national history of the major European states (more particularly France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia), international relations on the continent, the main socio-economic and cultural developments. Candidates are assessed on their ability to problematize and build a structured and reasoned demonstration. It is also a question of evaluating the capacities of the candidates in their mastery of the tools of the discipline (contextualization, analysis of the actors, of the chronological and spatial scales).

Microeconomic analysis (theory of individual choices (households, firms), supply-demand and prices, competitive markets and imperfect markets, consumer and producer surplus and collective well-being, market failures and State interventions), Macroeconomic analysis (macroeconomic equilibrium in a closed economy, monetary and budgetary policies, inflation, unemployment; macroeconomic equilibrium in an open economy, balance of payments and adjustment, exchange rate policies, integration, financial crises). both on their theoretical and empirical knowledge. Their answer must take the form of a 3rd centered on the question or the theme that the subject covers, and this, by defining the terms of the subject, by examining the possible debates which are attached to it, by problematizing the analysis. It cannot therefore be considered as an extensive response to a . It is best to organize the copy on the basis of a detailed plan expressed by means of explicit headings. There is nothing to prevent the insertion of graphs or analysis diagrams in the copy provided they are integrated into the reasoning.

Durkheim, Marx, Tocqueville, Weber Political power, the state, political regimes, political parties and interest groups, social movements, voting, socialization

Fundamental notions (State, forms of State, Constitution, political suffrage, separation of powers, constitutional review). Foreign political regimes (United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Spain, Italy). French political institutions (French constitutional history, the Fifth Republic and its developments).

Application procedures

The application file must be submitted in electronic form on the Sciences Po Aix platform. No application can be submitted by any other means. The stages of submission are as follows:

  1. Entering and validating the data with the indication of the chosen modern language and speciality for the tests;
  2. Uploading of compulsory supporting documents;
  3. Online payment of the application fee or, failing that, sending a bank cheque.

Once the whole procedure is completed, the admission service of the2nd year competition informs the candidate by e-mail that his/her application has been validated and that he/she is finally registered for the competition.