MSc Mechanical Engineering
Energetics and Propulsion (M-ENG EP)

energetics and propulsion
Programme Objectives

This specialism develops skills for designing and optimizing innovative propulsion systems with a focus on thermofluid processes and energy conversion for research and industry.

The performance and efficiency of internal combustion engines and turbojets is influenced by various processes including gas flow, compression and expansion through turbomachines or reciprocating piston, fuel injection and combustion, energy conversion and heat transfer. Therefore, the courses offered in this programme will provide an emphasis on all these processes and how they interact.

The programme of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. Energetics and Propulsion is one of four specialisms as part of the MSc Mechanical Engineering programme. The language of instruction is English throughout the programme.
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 Courses ECTS Spring Semester Courses ECTS
Continuum Mechanics 5 Energetics  5
Fluid Mechanics 5 Propulsion  5
Algorithmics for Engineering Modelling 4 Hydrodynamics 5
Numerical Methods 5 Fluid Mechanics 2 5
Vibrations and Differential Equations 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 - 2023/24
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS
Turbomachinery 4
Combustion  4
Gas dynamics and heat transfer 4
Internal combustion engines 4
Hybrid Powertrain and Energy Management 4
Practical and simulation 4
Project 4
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
Spring Semester ECTS
Master thesis / internship                                    30

Examples of previous internships:

  • Exploring oxy combustion operation in a single cylinder research engine
  • Implementation and optimization of a thermal runaway characterization system for Li-ion batteries
  • Dynamic coupling of multi-physics in a hot blast stove battery
  • CFD flow and thermal characterization of curing ovens of hydrogen tanks
  • Engine control: Development, Test and validation of a calibration.
  • Evaluation of new bearing material used in electric actuated valves for high-temperature applications in the exhaust system of internal combustion engines
  • Dual-fuel engine modeling with GT Power
  • Assistant Business Manager in HVAC
Skills developed
  • Design engines and components
  • Build and use simulation models of engines and powertrains
  • Develop control strategies and calibrate ECU engines

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 EP 2022/2023

Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This MSc programme relies on the Centrale Nantes’ faculty, staff and research facilities of the Research Laboratory in Hydrodynamics, Energetics & Atmospheric Environment (LHEEA).
Learn more: Decarbonization & depollution of energy systems (D2SE research group)

Companies with links to the programme

Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Stellantis, Mann+ Hummel, MAN Energy Solutions, Bosch, Total, Forvia, Honeywell Garett, Siemens

Focus on unique resources

Vehicle test bench

This test bench provides the capacity to test a whole 4-wheel drive vehicle in dynamic operation. It can be used to replace road tests with reproducible tests in a controlled environment. It can test vehicles with a power output of 260 kW per axle.

Engine test benches

The D2SE team has 7 machines to test thermal engines: 3 dynamic machines of 250 kW, capable of reproducing driving cycles, and 4 eddy current brakes to study engines in stationary operation. These test benches have specific instrumentation such as crankshaft position sensors, cylinder pressure sensors, fuel scales and emission measurement bays.

  • 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?

Why choose Master M-ENG EP 1

why choose this MSc

After the MSc

Career Prospects

  • Sectors: Automotive, Industrial engines, Aeronautics, Transportation, Power plants, Energy, HVAC for buildings
  • Fields: Engine design & calibration, Modelling and Simulation, Research and Innovation, Thermofluid Engineering, HVAC engineering
  • Positions: Thermofluid Engineer, Design engineer, Calibration Engineer, Modelling Engineer, Research Engineer (post PhD)
  • Companies: Alstom, Safran, Valéo, IFPEn, AVL, Magnetti Marelli, Vaillant, Sherpa, Alten, Altran, Vitesco, Arcelor Mittal, Eiffage, Vinci.

PhD Prospects

Recent graduates have pursued their studies after the MSc programme with a PhD in various French research institutes including: LHEEA in Centrale Nantes, CORIA (Rouen), PRISME (Orléans), Université Gustave Eiffel, Estaca.

Where are they now?

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What our students / graduates say

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Meet the Programme Supervisors

Xavier Tauzia, M2 Programme Supervisor M-ENG EP

Xavier Tauzia is a Professor in Applied Thermodynamics and Propulsion at Centrale Nantes. He studies energy conversion systems, such as internal combustion engines, in particular for marine and ground propulsion or power generation. He works on efficiency and emission improvement. His interests range from 0D/1D modeling to experimental investigations.

Christian Burtin, M1 Programme Supervisor M-ENG

Patrick Rozycki, Programme Supervisor M-ENG

Patrick Rozycki is a professor in Rigid Bodies Dynamics, Crash and Impact and Composite Materials at Centrale Nantes. His research mainly involves identifying and modelling composite behaviour from quasi-static to dynamic loading, including environmental effects (temperature and air conditions).

He is the Assistant Dean of Studies for Master Programmes and Programme Supervisor for the Master of Science programmes in Mechanical Engineering
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 27, 2017 Updated on May 22, 2023