Advanced Composite Engineering and Science (M-ENG ACES)

Programme Objectives

This Master develops skills for providing innovative and optimized solutions in the design and manufacturing of composite materials for research and in industry.

The performance of fibre-reinforced organic-matrix composites and structures are influenced by the constituting materials and the processing stage. Composite mechanical design can be efficiently and optimally performed when one has a good understanding of  manufacturing influences and constraints. Therefore, the courses offered in this program will provide a theoretical and experimental emphasis on the relationships between constituents, processing and structural design.

The programme of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. Advanced Composite Engineering and Science 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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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 - 2022/23
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS
Composite Constituents and Processes 4
Composite Characterization 4
Composite Processing Modelling 1 4
Composite Structures 4
Composite Processing Modelling 2 4
Multi-Physics Modelling for Processes 4
Project 4
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
Spring Semester ECTS
Master thesis / internship                                    30

Examples of previous internships in industry:

  • Product design of a composite motorcyclist protection
  • Sol-gel functionalization by nano-particle entrapping: a formulation for transparency
  • Edge sealing and release agent optimization for aeronautic composite processes

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Composite design with multi-objective optimisation
  • In-situ compression of carbon-fibre reinforcements in X-Ray tomography
  • Modelling and characterization of thin film piezoelectric materials
Skills developed
  • Simulate and optimize composite mechanical design and manufacturing using numerical tools
  • Model materials’ behavior and physics involved in composite processes
  • Characterize and manufacture composite materials

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 ACES 2022/2023

Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This Master relies on the Centrale Nantes’ faculty, staff and research facilities of the GeM Institute, the LHEEA Laboratory and the LS2N Institute.


Airbus, Renault, Faurecia, Solvay, IFREMER, CETIM
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After the Master's

Career Prospects

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