Fast-track Engineering Programme

Follow our fast-track engineering programme to gain the highly sought-after diplôme d'ingénieur (Master's level) in just two years.

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

Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the same qualification in two years.

Programme benefits

  • Know how to tackle complex engineering problems and develop all-important soft skills
  • Gain professional experience
  • Earn a highly-sought after engineering qualification
  • Enjoy exciting career opportunities
  • Learn a new language and discover France
  • Study on a green campus close to the centre of one of France's best student cities
  • Join the network of 20,000 alumni

Programme overview

Year 1 comprises a broad-based multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific courses, taught in English throughout.

Autumn Semester Courses

Algorithms & Programming
Finite Elements
Maths I
Signal and Systems
Civil Engineering

Spring Semester Courses

Data Science & Machine Learning
Maths II
Biological and medical aspects of human health
Fluid Mechanics
Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The year concludes with a five-month internship in a research laboratory or in industry from early April to late August.

In year 2, students focus on a technical discipline with their choice of specialisation* from around 20 on offer within the engineering programme, combined with a professional option, which focuses on a particular sector of activity or function. A 6-month internship in a research laboratory or in industry is then undertaken from early April to late September.

*NB: project-based specialisations are not available within the fast-track programme.
French language tuition: A one-month intensive summer school at Cavilam is included in the programme. This, together with French language tuition in the first year, fully prepares students to follow second year courses taught in French. It is a requirement for graduation that students achieve at least an operational B2 level certification in French: 750 for TFI, 450 for TCF, DALF C1, or equivalent.

Internships: We provide careers guidance to help you find the two internships to be completed during the programme. At least one of the two internships must be completed in a company in order to meet graduation requirements.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must either hold a bachelor degree in Science, Technology or Engineering, or be in their final year of a bachelor degree, which must be gained prior to the start of the Fast Track Programme.
  • Evidence of strong foundations in Mathematics and Physics.
  • English proficiency: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


  • Send your complete application by 15 May to:
  • Your application must include the following documents to be considered:
    • Bachelor degree certificate (if already obtained)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • academic transcripts documenting your Bachelor grades
    • a statement of purpose
    • English proficiency test certificate (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)
    • a recommendation letter

Tuition fees

€24 000 covering the two year programme.

Career Prospects

Published on June 9, 2020 Updated on July 7, 2021