MSc Industrial Engineering
Agile Factory Management (I-ENG AFM)

Programme Objectives

This speicalism develops skills for agile factory management based on operational research methods and production management approaches, such as lean, adaptive and reactive management. Fundamental approaches for factory design and simulation will be introduced as well as performance assessment. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to model and simulate production systems, to optimize production systems control strategies and to apply new assessment methods based on simulation and optimization approaches, taking into consideration different kinds of indicators (environmental, social, economical) related to agile factories. There is a strong link with the other Industrial Engineering specialism - Smart and Connected Enterprise.

This MSc programme is fully accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

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Course Content

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M1 Year - 2023/24
Autumn Semester Course ECTS Spring Semester Course ECTS
Statistics and Data Analysis 4 Operations Research 4
Enterprise Modelling 4 Innovation Engineering 4
Introduction to Optimization Methods 4 Introduction to Research 4
Production Management 4 Enterprise 4.0 Processes 4
Discrete-event Simulation 4 Project Management 4
Financial and Economic Aspects for Industrial Engineering 4 Introduction to Information Systems 4
Basics of Computer Science and Mathematics 4 Strategic Management of Sustainable Enterprise 4
Modern Languages * 2 Modern Languages * 2

* 'French as a Foreign language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English' or Spanish (depending on sufficient demand).

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
M2 Year - 2023/24
Autumn Semester course ECTS
Sustainable Manufacturing 4
Multi-criteria decision making and decision support 4
Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making in Industrial Engineering 4
Project and Conferences 4
Shop Floor Scheduling 4
Integrated design and implementation of CPPS 4
Modern languages * 2

* 'French as a Foreign language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English' or Spanish (depending on sufficient demand).
NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
Spring Semester ECTS
Master thesis / internship                                    30

Master thesis / internship

Examples of previous internships in industry:

  • Price forecasting
  • SAP Data migration
  • Implementation of a Business Intelligence dashboard
  • Developing a framework to coordinate innovation projects, Assystem, Paris, France
  • Lean Manufacturing Manager, Louis Vuitton, Barberà del Vallès, Spain
  • ERP configuration with SAP, Mansa Sugar, Luapula, Zambia
  • Project Manager, DXC Technology, Paris, France

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Reducing mental-load on assembly lines: augmented reality contribution, LS2N, Nantes, France
  • Interoperability between MES and ERP, LS2N, Nantes, France
Skills developed
  • Master modeling and simulation of production systems
  • Master optimisation methods for production system control
  • Master the new concepts and performance indicators of the smart and agile factory

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 | I-ENG AFM 2022/2023

Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This MSc programme relies on the Centrale Nantes’ faculty, staff and research facilities of the LS2N Research Institute and other faculty members from University of Nantes as well as external speakers from industry.

Focus on unique resources

Smart Factory Platform

"This smart platform offers everything that we could expect from a production system: it is modular, reconfigurable, agile and flexible. It demonstrates the modern concepts of the industry of the future, integrating diversity management, total production traceability and detailed quality monitoring". - Emeritus Professor Alain Bernard

Flexible assembly lines

flexible assembly line
This experimental platform located on the IUT campus in Carquefou comprises two separate assembly lines and is part of a production unit for research and teaching purposes that includes a Cartesian robot rack and opto-guided conveyors for loading/unloading workstations.

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Centrale-Audencia-ensa incubator

The Centrale-Audencia-Ensa incubator is an entrepreneurship support programme which aims to boost the creation of innovative companies in the Pays de la Loire region. The incubator is open to students and graduates of the three establishments of the Centrale - Audenica - ensa Nantes Alliance with a mature project (solution, market, team) to develop.

The unique collaboration between three nationally and internationally recognised educational and research establishments, in the fields of engineering, management, communication, design and architecture, provides exceptional conditions for the development of incubated projects. The Centrale-Audencia-Ensa incubator is fully in tune with the dynamics of the Nantes and Loire region thanks to its strong involvement in a particularly innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • 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 submit a certificate, which is no older than three years, for 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.

Apply online
Apply online on the eCandidat platform

How to use the eCandidat platform:


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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?

Why choose Master I-ENG AFM 1
Why choose Master I-ENG AFM 2

why choose this MSc

After the MSc

Pursue your studies

  • PhD opportunities at Centrale Nantes - the programme is supported by the Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes - UMR CNRS 6597; ED SIS)
  • PhD studies possible anywhere in Europe (international recognition of the master's degree)

Examples of job opportunities:

  • Continuous improvement manager
  • Consultant in manufacturing digitalisation
  • Product owner
  • Data analyst in manufacturing

Companies that hired our recent graduates:

  • Capgemini
  • Michelin
  • Accenture
  • Dassault Systems

Where are they now?

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What our students / graduates say

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Meet the Programme Supervisors

Catherine da Cunha, M2 Programme Supervisor I-ENG AFM, Programme Supervisor I-ENG

Catherine da Cunha is a Professor of Industrial Engineering at Centrale Nantes. She heads up the CPS3 research team (LS2N). Her main interests are in the area of modelling and simulation, in production as well as in the organizational field. She is particularly interested in the potential of partial or immature information for Mass Customization.

Farouk Belkadi

Farouk Belkadi, M1 Programme Supervisor I-ENG AFM

Farouk Belkadi (Dr. Eng. HDR) obtained his Ph.D. in automation and industrial engineering from the University of Franche Comte in 2006. He has been a lecturer at Centrale Nantes since 2013. His main scientific interests are data and knowledge management for decision-making, Enterprise X.0, PLM approach, and the new paradigms of socio-economic and environmental sustainability.

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 April 3, 2017 Updated on September 22, 2023