Computer Science

Head: Jean-Yves MARTIN


From banking and insurance to transport, telecommunications and aeronautics, companies make direct and indirect use of IT services. The computerization of data has generated the need to model, manage, maintain, develop and archive it. Such tasks fall in the most part to IT specialists. Whilst computer science today still implies the automated processing of data, this function has become increasingly complex and processing applications are more and more varied.

The objective of this specialisation is to provide future engineers with the knowledge required to manage IT projects across all sectors of application. The course deals with the major concepts required for the majority of projects, from the different perspectives of customer, contractor and project manager.

A wide scope of computer science courses is proposed in this specialisation with students following the core courses and additional courses according to their choice of option: Computer Engineering or Information Systems.

Course List

Core Courses:

  • Databases
  • Software Engineering
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Industrial Software Development
  • Security
  • Systems and Networks
  • Language Theory
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Development Project
  • Group Project

Computer Engineering option:

  • Concurrency and formal methods
  • Functional Programming
  • Logic Programming

Information Systems option:



Examples of past projects

  • Simulation of interaction between DNA strands
  • Management software tool for an entomology association
  • Roll-out of an automatic generator/corrector of multiple choice tests

Examples of internships undertaken by previous students

  • Wattics Ltd - Web API for cloud-based energy management and forecast
  • Solucom - Big data and unstructured data
  • AMADEUS - development of a customer management software tool (IOS, Android and Web) for flight cancellations  
  • NATIXIS - Security in IT companies
  • SOPRA  - Paperless social security returns 

Career prospects

The employment prospects are diverse as they extend across the industrial base. IT services companies (Sopra, Altran, Cap Gemini, Atos etc), and consulting firms (IBM, Solucom, Accenture etc.) are key players. Likewise, large industrial groups, in which IT plays a major role (AMADEUS, Amazone, WS etc.) or where it is a more peripheral activity (SNCF, Orange, La Poste, Renault, Total, etc.) The career potential for Centrale Nantes engineers specialising in Computer Science is extensive and is set to remain so.
Published on November 2, 2015 Updated on November 19, 2020