Energetics and propulsion (M-ENG EP)

Programme Objectives

This Master 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 available within the Mechanical Engineering stream. The language of instruction is English throughout the programme.
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 Energetics  5
Fluid Mechanics 5 Propulsion  5
Algorithmics for Engineering Modelling 4 Hydrodynamics 5
Numerical Methods 5 Fluid Mechanics 2 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
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 in industry:

  • Design of coolant, oil and intake air temperature control to simulate variations during one track lap for a formula one engine
  • Experimental investigation regarding the influence of high temperature on the aqueous urea dosing unit for Daimler Trucks
  • Demonstrator development for aircraft jet engine applications

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Experimental study of wall wetting phenomenon on a port injection SI engine
  • Experimental study and phenomenological modelling of wall heat transfer in an IC engine
  • Experimental study of RCCI combustion with endoscopic investigations
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 Master relies on the Centrale Nantes’ faculty, staff and research facilities of the IC Engines Research Team of LHEEA Laboratory.
Learn more: Decarbonization & depollution of energy systems (D2SE research group)


Renault, Mann+Hummel, Stellantis, MAN-Energy Solutions.

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After the Master's

Career Prospects

  • Sectors: Automotive, Industrial engines, Aeronautics, Transportation, Power plants, Energy
  • Fields: Engine design & calibration, Modelling and Simulation, Research and Innovation, Thermofluid Engineering
  • Positions: Thermofluid Engineer, Design engineer, Calibration Engineer, Modelling Engineer, Research Engineer (post PhD)
Published on March 27, 2017 Updated on November 28, 2022