MSc Marine Technology
Hydrodynamics for Ocean Engineering (M-TECH HOE)

M-tech hoe
Programme Objectives

This specialism aims to give students advanced training on typical problems of hydrodynamics applied to naval architecture and ocean engineering: ship resistance, seakeeping, ship behaviour in irregular seas, water,  waves and marine environment... physical, modelling and numerical aspects are studied.

The programme includes theoretical courses on typical hydrodynamics problems: ship resistance, wave induced motions, wave and marine environment modeling ... and numerical methods used to solve these problems. A large part of the programme is also devoted to the practical use of software to solve the problems cited above through a large variety of numerical methods: boundary elements or spectral methods under potential flow theory, finite-difference or finite-volume techniques in solvers for viscous flows, Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). Students are also involved in practical work using the ocean test facilities (towing tank, wave tank equipped with an multiflap wave generator etc.)

The programme of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2 and is taught in English. 
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 Fluid Mechanics 2 5
Fluid Mechanics 1 5 Mechanical Design 5
Algorithmics for Engineering Modelling 4 Energetics 5
Numerical Methods 5 Propulsion 5
Vibrations and Differential Equations 5 Hydrodynamics 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 - Core Courses ECTS
General concepts of hydrodynamics 4
Water waves and sea states modelling 4
Wave-structure interactions and moorings 5
Numerical hydrodynamics 5
Experimental hydrodynamics 5
Hydrodynamics R&D 5
Modern Languages * 2
Conferences -

* '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

Master thesis / internship

Examples of previous internships:

  • Fatigue Methodology of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Platform & Tower in Composite Materials, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
  • Speeding Up Simulation-Driven Design for a High-Speed Planing Boat, Friendship Systems (Germany)
  • Mooring Optimization for Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Based on Water Depth, EOLFI
  • Development of methodology for predicting marine vessel turning radius with overset grid technique using CFD Solver, Mauric
The Master's internship can be carried out within the framework of an internship in the LHEEA Laboratory, but also in other university laboratories (IST Lisbon, NTNU in Trondheim, INSEAN in Rome, University of Auckland ...) or in industry, in France or abroad, on numerical or experimental subjects.
Skills developed
  • Build and use models dedicated to hydrodynamics for ocean engineering
  • Define and perform experiments for free-surface hydrodynamics problems
  • Solve - numerically - free surface problems for ocean engineering applications

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-TECH HOE 2022/23

Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This MSc programme relies on Centrale Nantes’ faculty and the research facilities of the Research Laboratory in Hydrodynamics, Energetics & Atmospheric Environment (LHEEA)

Focus on unique resources

Hydrodynamic and ocean engineering tank

wave tank

50 m long by 30 m wide and 5 m deep,
the hydrodynamic and ocean engineering tank is equipped with a segmented wave beater composed of 48 independent flaps to generate directional waves. This tank is used for small-scale physical simulation of floating systems, navigating or anchored in open seas (ships, MRE systems or oil platforms). Due to its size and generation capacity, it is currently the largest tank in France for this type of study.

Towing tank

towing tank

The towing tank at Centrale Nantes is 140 m-long, 5 m-wide and 3 m deep.
It is equipped with a towing carriage able to move in both directions, at speeds up to 8 m/s. At one end of the tank, a wave maker generates waves with heights up to 0.5 m. It is the second largest towing tank in France, the largest in an academic setting. The tank is used to test the resistance of ships to forward motion, with or without swell, and therefore to optimise hulls, the seaworthiness of ships or floating structures, cable towing, and also marine renewable energy.

Students also have access to the recirculating canal.


Bureau Veritas, Principia, H&T, Innosea, Mauric, CMA CGM, D-ICE, Ideol, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Technip, Saipem

  • 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 Master's programme can apply for the second year Master's 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 programme?

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After the MSc

Career Prospects

The main prospects for employment after the MSc programme are found in the naval industry, shipping, oil sector, coastal engineering or that of marine renewable energies; within R&D departments or design offices.

PhD opportunities

At the conclusion of the MSc degree, graduates can pursue a PhD, in particular within the Laboratory of Hydrodynamics, Energy and Atmospheric Environment, which offers experimental and / or numerical studies, often in cooperation with industrial partners on numerous themes: wave-structure interactions, simulation of sea states on large estates, improvement of the generation and propagation of swell, hydrodynamic impacts, ship damage, marine renewable energies (wave energy, offshore wind etc).

Where are they now?

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What our students / graduates say

Meet the Programme Supervisors

Zhe Li, M2 Programme Supervisor M-TECH HOE

Zhe Li is Associate Professor in numerical methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), with special interests in CFD methods such as SPH, LBM and higher-order FVM. His research work focuses on numerical simulation of fluid-structure interaction problems.

Lionel Gentaz, M1 Programme Supervisor M-TECH HOE and Programme Supervisor M-TECH

Lionel Gentaz is Assistant Professor and teaches fluid mechanics, mathematical models and numerical methods (Boundary Element, Finite Difference, Finite Volume) used in Hydrodynamics for Ocean Engineering. His research work focuses on numerical simulation of wave-structure interactions based on low-fidelity or high-fidelity models.
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 22, 2023