Engineering Programme - Year 1

The common-core curriculum in year 1 provides students with broad-based multi-disciplinary engineering training. Technical and scientific courses make up 70% of the curriculum with the remaining 30% of the programme devoted to modern languages, management, social sciences and sport. A total of 748 hours of classes are thus delivered over two semesters, including 80 hours of elective technical courses.

Students benefit from first-hand industrial experience during year 1 with an industrial study project in the second semester and a 4-week internship to discover industry in July/August. Students also commit to a civic engagement during their first year of studies whereby they make a contribution to society through volunteer work.

Overview of the Common-Core Curriculum - Autumn Semester

 
 

lecture
hours

tutorial
hours
lab
hours
project
hours
total
hours
ECTS
credits
Modelling Approaches in Mechanical Engineering  28  28 16   72 8
Product Design and Development  8  22 42   72 8
Physics and Fluid Dynamics 16 16 8   40 4
Engineering Elective - choose 1 of 5:         40 4
1. Information Systems 16 10 10      
2. Electronics, Electric Actuators, Embedded Systems 18 10 12      
3. Materials 12 12 16      
4. Applied Thermodynamics 16 24        
5. Biology 17 13 6      
Modern Languages 1   26      26  1
Modern Languages 2   26      26  1
Sports and Physical Education   40      40  1
Management and Business Environment 10 36      46  0.5
Social Science Elective (choice of 7) 12        12  0.5
TOTAL          374  28

Overview of the Common-Core Curriculum - Spring Semester

 
 
 

lecture
hours

tutorial
hours
lab
hours
project
hours
total
hours
ECTS
credits
Engineering Mathematics  16  44 12   72 8
From Measurement to Control  26  26 20   72 8
Algorithms and Programming 6 14 18   38 4
Engineering Elective - choose 1 of 5:         40 4
1. Information Systems 16 10 10      
2. Electronics, Electric Actuators, Embedded Systems 18 10 12      
3. Materials 12 12 16      
4. Applied Thermodynamics 16 24        
5. Biology 17 13 6      
Modern Languages 1   26      26  1
Modern Languages 2   26      26  1
Sports and Physical Education   36      36  1
Management and Business Environment 22 10      32  1
Industrial Study Project        32  32  1
Internship & Civic Engagement            3
TOTAL          374  32

Modern Languages, Management, Social Sciences and Sport


In addition to the acquisition of technical and scientific expertise, Centrale Nantes places a strong emphasis on personal development and the fostering of interpersonal skills.

Two modern languages (English and a choice of second language) and sport are taught throughout the three years of the engineering programme. In the first year programme management courses include: personal and career development, communication, project management, economics, finance and marketing. First year students also choose a social science elective course.

For full course details download the full programme by semester on this page.
Published on March 16, 2017 Updated on February 8, 2018