Engineering Programme - "diplôme d'ingénieur"

Centrale Nantes trains 420 students per year within its general engineering programme leading to the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' equivalent to a Master of Science and Engineering


The admissions process for the engineering programme is highly selective. French students with excellent high school results spend two years in the intensive 'classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles' preparing for the 'concours' - competitive entrance examinations to French engineering schools. Successful candidates then undertake three years of study at Centrale Nantes - corresponding to the senior undergraduate year and two graduate years. The 'diplôme d'ingénieur' qualification is equivalent to a Master of Science and Engineering and is awarded to students after a total of five years of higher education.

The Centrale Nantes engineering programme is accredited by the CTI, the French Engineering Degrees Commission, for 5 years.

International students: how to join the engineering programme

Groupe des Ecoles Centrale - university examination
  • Open to international students with a three year bachelor's degree in Science.
  • The concours universitaire is an entrance examination jointly organised for Centrale Suplélec, Nantes, Lyon, Lille, Marseille and Casablanca
  • Successful candidates undertake three years of study at Centrale Nantes to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' qualification.
  • Learn more
Fast-track engineering programme
  • Open to international students with a bachelor degree.
  • Fast-track students follow multi-disciplinary engineering and science first-year courses followed by a year of specialisation to gain the same qualification in just two years.
  • First-year courses are taught in English
  • Learn more
Double degree programme
  • Open only to students selected by our partner institutions abroad.
  • Double degree students spend two years here within the engineering programme: completing the common-core curriculum year and one year of specialisation.
  • Successful completion of the courses of study in both institutions leads to the award of a double degree at master's level.
  • Learn more

Course Content

The first of the three year programme is devoted to broad-based multi-disciplinary engineering training in the form of a common-core curriculum. In each of years 2 and 3 students focus on a technical discipline with their choice of specialisation from the 20 or so on offer. In year 3 students also follow a professional option, to hone in on a particular sector of activity or company function.

Click below to learn more about:

> YEAR 1 COURSES                        > YEAR 2&3 COURSES                      > CHOICE OF SPECIALISATIONS

Special study arrangements

Students on the Engineering Programme may benefit from special study arrangements in certain cases:
  • Elite athletes and performers / Students involved in a national association
    Provisions can be made for students who are elite athletes, performers or those involved in a national association, to enable them to successfully pursue their dual objectives (study and sports/arts/associative).
  • Illness or accident In the event of long-term illness or accident
    Special arrangements can be made to enable the student to attend the study programme for longer than planned.
  • Disability and impairment
    Special arrangements can be made to accommodate students with a disability or serious impairment, with regard both to the student's educational needs and his or her ability to be on campus.
Learn more

Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters:
1st/Autumn Semester: from the beginning of September to the end of January
2nd/Spring Semester: from February to July.
Published on March 9, 2017 Updated on December 5, 2023