MSc Control and Robotics
Control Systems (CORO CSYS)

Programme Objectives

The objective of this specialism is to provide theoretical and methodological tools in order to analyse the structure and properties of dynamic systems, and to design control and observation solutions.

The courses introduce recent results in modern control theory of linear and nonlinear systems, including structural analysis, modelling, control and observation structures design (robust, optimal, …), and application of optimization methods in control system design. An important component is the use of real applications across different fields (energy, grids, transportation etc) in order to illustrate the different concepts of modelling, control and observation.

The programme of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. Control Systems 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. See course content for more details.

The language of instruction is English across the two years. This MSc programme is fully accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Students applying for this MSc programme can also apply to join the Integrated Master-PhD track, which brings together the two years of the Master's degree and three years of PhD studies. The Integrated Master-PhD track is designed to give high-potential students exposure to research activities as soon as they join the M1 year. ► Learn more

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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 Systems Identification and Signal Filtering 4
Mathematical Tools for Signals and Systems 4 Dynamic Model Based Control 4
Embedded Computing 4 Non Linear Control Theory 4
Modern Languages * 2 Modern Languages * 2

* 'French as 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 Courses ECTS
Mathematical modelling  4
Optimization  4
Robust and optimal control  4
Observation and diagnostic  5
Complex systems  4
Analysis and Control Methodologies: Standard, Generalized and Time-Varying Systems  5
Project  2
Modern Languages *  2
Conferences  -

* 'French as 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

Examples of previous internships:

  • Comparative study of hybrid observers : application in electric vehicles (LS2N, Renault)
  • Stator-Flux-Oriented Control of EH/HEV Motor Drives (Renault)  
  • Extended glycemic control model including physical activity and stress (CHU, LS2N)  
  • Development of a condition monitoring system prototype for rotating machines with industry 4.0 standards and vibration analysis using machine learning techniques (ACTEMIUM)
    Uncertainties in model predictive building climate control (KU LEVEN)
Skills developed
  • Learn and understand the modern theory framework for analysis and modelling of dynamic systems;
  • Learn how to apply adapted methods of control, estimation and diagnostics (linear, nonlinear, robust, optimal etc) to dynamic systems;
  • Be able to apply these methods to real systems.

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 CSYS

  • M1 Year (2022/23)
  • M2 Year (coming soon)
Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This MSc programme relies on Centrale Nantes’ faculty and the research facilities of the LS2N Laboratory.

Focus on unique resources

Electric Vehicle Test Bench


Test facilities - low voltage electrical machines

As part of an industrial research chair with Renault, which aims to improve the performance of electric propulsion in motor vehicles, Centrale Nantes has an electric vehicle test bench specifically for automotive electric propulsion. It comprises of test engines supplied by Renault and a control, power electronics and dynamic load environment to simulate driving situations.


Renault, Airbus, RTE, VALEO, GE, Naval Group, GSM, etc

  • 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:


Your application in 5 easy steps:

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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, energy, consulting, banking, petroleum
  • Fields: control engineering, advanced processes, manufacturing, research and innovation
  • Positions: control engineer, process engineer, design engineer, research and innovation engineer (post PhD)

Where are they now?

Recent graduates of this programme have either taken up engineering posts in industry e.g., in Robotics R&D, nuclear design, automatic control, control systems at GE, Assystem, LITIS, Amazon, CELAD, etc, co-founded their own company (e.g. CodifyMonk in India), or pursued their studies with a PhD in French, German or Dutch universities including within industrial research chairs at Centrale Nantes.

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

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

Meet the Programme Supervisors

Ina Taralova, M2 Programme Supervisor CORO C-SYS

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.

Olivier Kermorgant, 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.
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 13, 2017 Updated on September 22, 2023