Advanced Manufacturing (M-ENG AM)

Programme Objectives

This Master programme develops skills for providing innovative and optimized solutions in the advanced design and manufacturing of products and structures for both research and industry.

The courses rely on both theoretical and practical aspects and cover the following areas: mechanical design of innovative mechanisms and products and customer-oriented design of products. Technical, human and economic factors are taken into account.

The programme of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. Advanced Manufacturing is one of four specialisms available within the Mechanical Engineering stream.

The language of instruction is English across the two years.
This Master’s programme is accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

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Face-to-face teaching is planned for all 2021/22 courses.

Course Content

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M1 Year - 2022/23
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS Spring Semester Courses ECTS
Continuum Mechanics 5 Engineering Materials 5
Fluid Mechanics 5 Constitutive Laws 5
Algorithmics for Engineering Modelling 4 Structural Mechanics 5
Numerical Methods 5 Computer-aided Design 5
Vibrations 5 Mechanical Design 5
Business Environment 4 Conferences and Initiation to Research 3
Modern Languages * 2 Modern Languages * 2
Conferences 0

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
M2 Year
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS
Advanced CAD/CAM/CNC 4
Additive Manufacturing and advanced manufacturing processes 4
Design of Experiments methods for manufacturing 4
Optimization in manufacturing engineering 4
Integrated Design of Product Service Systems 4
Multi-physics modelling for processes 4
Modern Languages * 2
Project 2
Conferences -

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
Spring Semester ECTS
Master thesis / internship                                    30

Examples of previous internships in industry:

  • Mechatronic design for automotive front seats
  • Design optimization for noise reduction of rear axle’s bushings
  • Modelling and simulation of an electro-hydraulic actuator

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Magnetic pulse spot welding between aluminum and steel sheets
  • CAD design and prototyping of a reconfigurable 3-PRS parallel mechanism
  • Wire additive manufacturing: development of a depositing head
Skills developed
  • Develop innovative processes and products for composite and metallic materials and structures
  • Design products adapted to the processes
  • Work in an integrated numerical environment and in a design & manufacturing global chain

In addition to the above specialism-specific skills, students will also develop more general skills:

  • Identify models, perform simulation and analyse results
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys of international research and professional literature
  • Manage or be part of a project

Download syllabus | M-ENG AM 2022/2023

Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This Master relies on Centrale Nantes’ faculty and the research facilities of the GeM and the LS2N.


Naval Group, STX, Renault, Faurecia, CETIM, CATIA, UGS

After the Master's

Career Prospects

  • Sectors: Aeronautics, Automotive, Transportation, Wind and Marine Energy, Mechanics, Consulting
  • Fields: Mechanical Engineering, Design, Materials, Advanced Processes, Additive Manufacturing, Research and Innovation<
  • Positions: Mechanical Engineer, Process Engineer, Design Engineer, Research and Innovation Engineer (post PhD)
Published on March 27, 2017 Updated on November 24, 2022