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Master of Engineering in
Energetics and propulsion (HEP)

Nature :
Formation diplômante
Diplôme national
Durée des études :
2 years
Date de début formation :
September 1, 2017
Date de fin formation :
August 31, 2019


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Formation initiale


The first year is dedicated to general scientific courses and is common to all students of the Master of Engineering on Applied Mechanics (SMA). In second year, they can choose among several independant programs. The Energetics and Propulsion  program is one of them.        
                                            Energetics and propulsion           

The aim of the Energetics and Propulsion specilialization  is to give students an advanced training on energetics (Applied thermodynamics) to study some propulsion plants, in particular internal combustion engines.   

Energetics and propulsion master starts with theoretical courses (gas dynamics, combustion, turbomachinery) which are then applied to study various propulsion plants (internal combustion engines, aeronautic propulsion and spatial propulsion). Experimental methods course includes practical studies and measurements carried out by master students on some research facilities available in the Laboratory (internal combustion engine test bench, turbocharger test bench, shock tube,...)

Courses are taught by various speakers from Centrale Nantes (Internal Combustion Engines Research Team) and others prestigious universities or leading companies (Snecma, Bosch,..).

Different Master thesis are offered in university labs (Centrales Nantes, Cranfield, Eindhoven, Birmingham, Valencia,..) or in companies (Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Delphi, Valéo, Snecma, EADS ) in the field of propulsion.


Graduate students may prepare a PhD, in particular with the Internal Combustion Engines Research Team of Centrale Nantes, which proposes experimental and/or numerical studies, often in cooperation with automotive manufacturers, on three main topics: combustion/emissions, turbocharging/air management and innovative propulsion plants/hybrid propulsion.

Graduate students may also work for automotive or aerospace R&D.


Et après ?

Débouchés professionnels



  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science or Equivalent. (Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor's degrees are awarded before they enroll at Centrale Nantes.)

  • Applicants whose native language is not English is required to pass a recognized international English test such as TOEFL (score 220 CBT, 550 PBT, 80 IBT), Cambridge Advanced English Test (score B or higher), IELTS (score 6.5 or higher), TOEIC (800) or other English equivalent test.
An applicant who carried out his study in English is eligible, passing a recognized test provides him more chance to be accepted (official confirmation letter is needed). The English test result must be sent before the deadline of application.


Admission results:
January-July 2017

Beginning of the courses:

September, 2017
one intake per year

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indicating in your email

  • your Family name
  • given name
  • the Master you are applying to and 
  • your application number.

There is no need to send any postal documents by postmail


Applicants are evaluated by the individual departments in which they intend to register on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise.

The students are ranked on the basis of excellence of the academic records, the quality of their former studies, general skills for foreign languages, motivation for the proposed programme, and the reference letters. Acceptance letters may be sent for early applications before the deadline of application.

There is only one intake per year - every September


Non European students: €12,000

Centrale Nantes attractive scholarships are available.
Other scholarships from industries or governments are offered.

More information, please contact
Ms Anne-Laure Frémondière

European students : standard local fees


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Organisation générale des études


The duration of the Masters of Engineering in Energetics and Propulsion courses is two academic years (120 ECTS credits). Each year is split into two semesters with 30 ECTS credits for each.


  • The courses are fully taught in English
  • 160 hours of French language courses are in the study programme.
  • The courses of the 1st semester are common for all the Masters which depend on the Applied Mechanics Department.
  • During the 2d semester of the first year, student will have to choose a track between
    • Hydrodynamics, energetics and Propulsion
    • Mechanical engineering


French language I+II

Probabitity and statistics

Programming languages and Algorithms

Numerical methods

Continuum Mechanics


Fluid mechanics I


Common courses

Specialty courses


The students follow the speciality courses. There are no more common classes with the other specialities.

The Master thesis are either in French or English language. The duration is one semester and can be done in a lab or in a company. In French, all the Master thesis are paid at least €430/month.

MASTER THESIS (30 credits) - 4th semester

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Head of the Master Department

Sébastien Comas

Professor in charge of the 1st year:

Christian Burtin

Professor in charge of this Master
Xavier Tauzia

mise à jour le October 10, 2016



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Admission results:
January-July 2017

Beginning of the courses:

September 2017
one intake per year



Xavier Tauzia
Alain Maiboom
Pascal Chesse
Jean-François Hetet


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