Business Finance

Programme Overview
EBITDA, ROC, FREE CASH FLOW ... confused about these financial terms? Your future cross-functional responsibilities will inevitably require you to speak finance ... Solid business finance skills will guarantee you see the full picture in your future post!


  • Teach future engineers how to use accounting and finance documents in decision making. This requires an understanding of accounting methods and principles, financial analysis tools and techniques, strategies employed for the presentation of financial data, and the questions businesses may have concerning their financial structure, investments, profitability and their shareholder policy.
  • Prepare students, from both a professional and an academic standpoint, for careers with a high degree of responsibility.

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International students can follow this option, taught in French, via:

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
Course Content

Accounting: the objective is to understand the balance sheet, profit and loss account, cashflow statement, international standards, changes in equity, account consolidation.
Introduction to financial analysis - margins, working capital requirement, investment needs, financing, profitability.
Corporate financial policy - corporate value, financial structure, investment policy, funding, equity capital, financial engineering.

Published on November 5, 2015 Updated on January 2, 2024