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 business sciences, social sciences, modern languages and sport.
  • Students benefit from first-hand professional experience during year 1 with a student business project in the second semester and a 4-week internship to discover the business world 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.
  • Through a large choice of courses on offer in Business Sciences, students will grasp the reality of the industrial world: self-knowledge to integrate into the company, professional attitude, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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  0 72 8
Product Design and Development  8  22 42  0 72 8
Physics and Fluid Dynamics 14 14 8  0 36 4
Engineering Elective - choose 1 of 5:         36 4
1. Information Systems 12 14 10  0    
2. Electronics, Electric Actuators, Embedded Systems 14 10 12  0    
3. Materials 12 12 12  0    
4. Applied Thermodynamics 14 22  0  0    
5. Biology 15 15 4  0    
Modern Languages 1   26      26  1
Modern Languages 2   26      26  1
Sports and Physical Education   40      40  1
Soft Skills (Business & Social Sciences)    64      64  

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:         36 4
1. Information Systems 12 14 10  0    
2. Electronics, Electric Actuators, Embedded Systems 14 10 12  0    
3. Materials 12 12 12  0    
4. Applied Thermodynamics 14 22  0  0    
5. Biology 15 15 6  0    
Modern Languages 1   26      26  1
Modern Languages 2   26      26  1
Sports and Physical Education   26      26  1
Soft Skills (Student Business Project, Business & Social Sciences)    64    32  96  4
Internship & Civic Engagement        100  100  2

Focus on Soft Skills

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

Two modern languages (English and a choice of second language) and sport are taught throughout the three years of the engineering programme.

Business Sciences courses
include: Engineering and Personal Development, Business and Organisations, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Management and Strategy. First year students also choose two Social Science courses.

For full course details download the full programme by semester on this page.
Published on March 16, 2017 Updated on February 26, 2020