MSc Control and Robotics
Advanced Robotics (CORO IMARO)

Programme Objectives

The main objective of this specialism is to master the modelling and control of complex robots evolving in dynamic environments by using proprioceptive and exteroceptive perception. The focus is on advanced robotics, but more generally the specialism deals with modern techniques in systems engineering for the modelling, simulation, optimisation, analysis, and control of a variety of robotics systems. It also takes into account the modelling and perception of the environment.

The quality of this MSc programme has been recognized by the European Union: it is currently involved in the Japan-Europe Master on Advanced Robotics (JEMARO, Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters) and previously involved in the European Master on Advanced Robotics (EMARO+ Erasmus Mundus programme).

The programme of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. Advanced Robotics is one of three specialisms available as part of the MSc Control and Robotics programme. Some of the M1 courses are the taught across the three specialisms whereas the M2 courses are specialism-specific. The language of instruction is English across the two years. See course content for more details. This MSc programme is fully accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Students enrolled in the M1 year are eligible to apply for the EMARO Joint MSc Programme and spend their M2 year either the University of Genoa, Italy or Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.


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Course Content

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M1 Year - 2023/24
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS Spring Semester Courses ECTS
Signal Processing  5 Group Project 6
Classical Linear Control 5 Optimization Techniques  5
Artificial Intelligence 6 Mobile Robots 5
Modelling of Manipulators 4 Dynamic Model Based Control 4
Advanced and Robot Programming 4 Software Architecture for Robotics 4
Mechanical Design Methods in Robotics 4 Computer Vision 4
Modern Languages * 2 Modern Languages * 2

* '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 - 2023/24
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS
Advanced modelling of robots 6
Research methodology 5
Task-based control 5
Advanced visual geometry ± 4
Soft robot modelling ± 4
Autonomous vehicle ± 4
Optimal kinematic design ± 4
Modern Languages * 2

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'
± Elective courses (choose 3 out of 4)
NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
Spring Semester                                       ECTS
Master thesis / internship 30

Examples of previous internships:

  • Automated prediction of road surface roughness using lidar data
  • Multi-robot localization and control for infrastructure monitoring
  • Epileptic seizure detection based on ECG signal processing
  • Fully actuated hexarotor with tilted rotors
  • Stiffness analysis of a surgical robot designed for otological endoscopic surgery
  • Task allocation for multi-robot system
  • Intuitive task coordination with a humanoid robot
  • Dataset building strategies for semi-supervised learning and active learning applied to spatio-temporal and multi-sensors-based data
  • Online trajectory planning to avoid dynamic obstacles for a 7-DoF robot arm
  • Design and test of a TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) Delivery System handle actuation module
Skills developed
  • Master the different fields of advanced robotics and intelligent robots (Kinematic and dynamic modeling, Dynamic control, Dedicated computing, Perceptual organs, Mechanical design).
  • Take a global approach to the design and implementation of robotic systems in their environment.
  • Have a frame of reference of application cases in fast-growing sectors (production robotics, autonomous vehicle, humanoid robotics, etc.)

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 | CORO IMARO 2022/2023

Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This MSc programme relies on Centrale Nantes faculty and the research facilities of the Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LS2N).

Focus on unique resources

The students have access to LS2N research facilities - autonomous vehicles, drones (airborne / underwater), robotic arms, parallel robots, cable robots etc. - typically during their first year project work or second year thesis.

Autonomous Vehicles


The "Autonomous Vehicles" research facility allows the LS2N to integrate and evaluate the approaches under development in autonomous mobile robotics around the themes of environment perception, understanding of scenarios and multi-sensor referenced control. The platform includes 3 instrumented vehicles (sensors, computers and man-machine interfaces), 2 of which are fully robotized by the "Drive-by-wire" robotization kit developed by the ARMEN research group in the LS2N.

Cable-driven parallel robots


This platform consists of five cable robot demonstrators and a set of end-effectors and sensors. The platform is designed to experimentally validate work on the design, modelling, identification and control of cable robots.

Companies / institutions with links to the MSc programme

BA System, Airbus, Gaussin, Renault, Akka Technologies, GE, Tecnalia, IRT Jules Verne, Inria
  • Apply online on the eCandidat platform
  • 2023/24 intake: applications closed
  • 2024/25 intake: applications will open in October 2023
Application process

Application rounds

  • Applications are reviewed in rounds. M1 applicants may apply in any of the three M1 rounds, and M2 applicants in either of the two M2 rounds. Applications should be submitted on the eCandidat platform as early as possible, but before the deadlines below;
  • Applications are not considered 'complete' until all required elements are submitted. Only complete applications received by the round's deadline will be considered in that round;
  • The admissions board reviews applications at the conclusion of each round and notifies each applicant of the outcome of their application;

Accepting your place

  • Successful applicants must accept their place on the eCandidat platform by the deadlines below;
  • The first installment of tuition fees must be paid by the deadlines below to definitively secure the applicant's place on the programme.

Important dates for the 2023 intake

M1 | Round 1 M1 | Round 2 M1 | Round 3 M2 | Round 1 M2 | Round 2
Submit your complete application by 14 December 28 February 30 April 30 March 30 April
You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 27 January 24 March 26 May 28 April 26 May
Accept your place by 14 February 10 April 11 June 11 May 10 June
Pay your first tuition installment by 31 March 25 May 15 June 30 May 15 June
Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the first year (M1)

  • International students with a bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Technology) or equivalent, in a field related to Science and Technology
  • French and European students with a 'license' qualification or equivalent.
  • Students must have graduated from the above before the end of August in order to enrol in a Master's Programme at Centrale Nantes in September.
  • Applicants must have a good level in Mathematics and be fluent in English - written and spoken. An applicant whose native language is not English is required to pass a recognised international test of English*:
    • TOEFL - IBT 80, or ITP 550, paper-delivered test 60,
    • Cambridge B2 First Test - 173 or higher,
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced Test - 160 or higher,
    • IELTS - 6.5 or higher,
    • TOEIC - 800 or higher.
  • Applicants who carried out their studies in English (you must provide an official confirmation letter from your university) are eligible without passing such a test, but providing the results of a recognized international test can add value to the application.
  • Students who completed their studies in the countries listed below are exempted from submitting a language certificate: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, English-speaking Canada, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritius, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

*no other test is recognised.

Language of instruction

Fully taught in English.

Admission requirements for the second year (M2)

Students who have successfully completed a first year MSc programme can apply for the second year MSc programme.

Language of instruction

Fully taught in English.
Required documents

When applying for a Centrale Nantes MSc Programme you will be asked to provide the following documents:

  • Your official transcripts
  • A CV/Resume and cover letter
  • Your diploma
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Your passport or other form of official identification

Your documents must be uploaded in English or French. If the original version of your documents is not in one of these two languages, a certified translation by a sworn translator is required.

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Tuition fees and financing

Fees for non-European students:

  • Master 1 year: €9,000
  • Master 2 year: €6,000

A reduction of €1,500 for the first year of study is granted to non European international students who make their first tuition payment within one month of being offered a place on the programme.

Fees for European students:

€243 per year


Different scholarships are available for students enrolling in a MSc Programme at Centrale Nantes:
  • Centrale Nantes Elite Scholarship
  • Government scholarships
  • Inter-government scholarships
  • Industry scholarships
  • Scholarships from organisations
  • European Programmes
Why choose this MSc?

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After the MSc

Career Prospects

  • Sectors: Aeronautics, Automotive, Transportation, Wind and Marine Energy, Materials Producers, Consulting
  • Fields: Mechanical Engineering, Robotics engineering, Design, Materials, Advanced Processes, Manufacturing, Research and Innovation
  • Positions: Mechanical Engineer, Robotics engineer, Process Engineer, Design Engineer, Research and Innovation Engineer (post PhD)

Recent graduates have pursued their studies after the MSc programme with a PhD in various French research institutes including: IRISA, Inria Sophia, Leonardo Labs, I3S, LS2N; or found employment: Engineer Dow Chemical, Machine learning - Amazon Web Service, SLAM engineer - Huber Automotive, Control engineer, ArcelorMittal R&D, Consultant Mech. Eng., Technical Consultant - Accenture, CDI Testing engineer - Parrot.

Where are they now?

► Find out what our recent MSc graduates are doing now
What our students / graduates say

Read what our students and graduates have to say about the programme:

Minh Quân, MSc Control and Robotics - Advanced Robotics Graduate, Class of 2020

Can you describe your experience of the programme in one sentence?
Learning how to translate robots into a set of equations and using them to make robots move.

Why did you choose to study at Centrale Nantes?
Because it's part of the 'Grandes Écoles' system. As I knew when I was in Vietnam, this group brings together the most prestigious engineering universities in France. Centrale Nantes offers a Master in Robotics in English.

What was your career plan before the master and how has it changed since?
Before starting my Master's, I wanted to be a professor. Therefore, I went for a PhD after I got my Master degree but, now, I am not sure.

What is your current position? Which topics are you working on?
I am a PhD candidate at Centrale Nantes. I am working on perception for autonomous vehicles.

What advice would you give to future applicants?
Study hard!

How would you describe Centrale Nantes in 3 words?
Eye-opening - Growth - Grateful (I am grateful for the chance to study in Centrale Nantes and the support I received from its staff.)

Meet the Programme Supervisors

Olivier Kermorgant, M2 Programme Supervisor CORO IMARO, Programme Supervisor CORO

Olivier Kermorgant is a graduate of Centrale Paris, with a PhD from Inria Rennes-Bretagne Atlantique. His career history includes a teaching position at Télécom Physique Strasbourg and a research engineer position at IRT Jules Verne, working on the prototyping of an autonomous mobile robot in the ship industry. Since 2015 he has been an associate professor at Centrale Nantes and a researcher in the LS2N in the ARMEN team.

Elwan Héry, M1 Programme Supervisor CORO

Elwan Héry is an associate professor at Centrale Nantes and at the LS2N (Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes) in the ARMEN team (Autonomous Robots and Control of Interactions with the Environment). His main research interests are in perception, localization and mapping for autonomous vehicles and mobile robots.
Campus facilities
Centrale Nantes houses 17 buildings on a 40-acre green campus. In addition to the standard facilities of a university campus (classrooms, media library, computer rooms, etc.), it is home to 13 research platforms, some of which are unique in France, and modern and varied sports facilities, the Centrale-Audencia-Ensa incubator and vibrant student life. Facilities on the Centrale Nantes campus:

  • 45 classrooms
  • 6 lecture theatres 
  • 13 computer rooms (with nearly 180 fully equipped PCs and extended opening hours)
  • 1 media library
  • 5 research institutes
  • Sports and cultural facilities: 1 gymnasium, 1 multisport/dojo hall, squash courts, 1 piano room
  • 1 student house
  • Student halls of residence and accommodation support
  • 1 online platform for students, Onboard, with timetables, grades, attendance management, distance learning and teaching resources,
  • 1 Moodle platform (Hippocampus) with collaborative functionality available to faculty and students (additional resources, working groups, forum, online assessments, etc.).
  • Students also have access to meeting rooms / learning innovation / videoboxes equipped with video projectors, cameras, interactive whiteboards, etc., for their classes, presentation preparation, project work, etc.
  • 1 lifelong email address and an individual digital workspace and storage space, with remote 24H access.

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Published on March 25, 2017 Updated on May 25, 2023