Bachelor of Science in Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is a three-year programme with its first intake of students starting in September 2023.

It is a high quality academic programme offering its graduates the opportunity to pursue their studies on one of our Master's programmes or alternatively to join the workforce upon graduation.

Fully taught in English, the programme will welcome international students from around the globe on our Nantes campus.  

The programme is accredited by the CTI (Commission des Titres d'Ingénieurs), the independent body in charge of accrediting engineering degrees in France.


The BSc at a glance

  • A 3-year fully accredited bachelor’s degree
  • Open to international applicants with a high school diploma in science or equivalent
  • Fully taught in English
  • Mixed cohort of international students
  • 1800 face-to-face teaching hours
  • Location: Centrale Nantes campus, Nantes, France
  • First intake: September 2023

Choose your programme

The three-year programme comprises two years of core curriculum courses and a final year with a choice of four academic focus areas: Mechanical Engineering, Fluids and Energy, Civil Engineering or Signal Control and Robotics. Students can further customise their programme with the option of taking up a gap year or an exchange semester with one of our international partners.

Get hands-on industry exposure

In line with the school's values a third of the programme focuses on business sciences, social sciences and languages with a strong emphasis on developing professional and even entrepreneurial skills. Students will gain invaluable hands-on experience through two work placements - a six-week internship at the end of year 2 and a 16-week final year internship in a company or research lab - which can be undertaken in France or overseas. Coursework also includes regular contact with industry via industrial study projects and engineering projects. External speakers and industry experts play active role in the curriculum, particularly in the final year academic focus areas.

Study in English

The language of instruction is English. Whilst there is no prior requirement to speak or understand the French language for admission to the Bachelor programme, French language classes are provided throughout the three year programme. This gives students the means not only to get by in French in their daily lives, but also to fully benefit from internship opportunities in France. It is expected that students will obtain a B1/B2 level in French upon completion of the programme (B1 minimum required for graduation).

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Course Content
Year 1


ECTS Hours
Analysis I 24
Linear Algebra I 24
Algorithmics 24
Intro. to Scientific Computing 24
12 96
CAD & Design 24
Statics 22
Introduction to Physics I: Optics 24
Matter & Materials 24
12 94
French as a Foreign Language I 32
Business English I 16
Professional skills I 24
Pre-professional activities I 36
6 108

30 ECTS, 298 teaching hours


ECTS Hours
Analysis II 24
Linear Algebra II 24
Scientific Programming 24
Data structure management 24
12 96
Dynamics and Vibrations 22
Introduction to Physics II: Electromagnetism 22
Electrical Engineering basics 22
Product Design Methodology 24
CAD & Design – Reverse engineering 12
12 102
French as a Foreign Language II 32
Business English II 16
Professional skills II 24
Pre-professional activities II 36
Sustainable Engineering I 24
6 132
30 ECTS, 330 teaching hours
Year 2


Analysis III 24
Probability & Statistics 24
Automatic Control 24
Industrial Automation Systems 24
12 96
Thermodynamics I 24
Vibrations 24
Structural Mechanics 24
Heat Transfer I 24
12 96
French as a Foreign Language III 40
Business English III 20
Social Sciences III 24
Pre-professional activities III 36
Engineering Project I 24
6 144
30 ECTS, 336 teaching hours


Numerical Analysis 24
Introduction to Data Science 24
4 48
Manufacturing 24
Industrial Engineering 24
Mechanics of Deformable Bodies 24
Fluid Mechanics 24
12 96
French as a Foreign Language IV 40
Business English IV 20
Social Sciences IV 24
Pre-professional activities IV 36
Sustainable Engineering II 24
Engineering Project II 36
9 180
Non-skilled internship 5 -

30 ECTS, 324 teaching hours
Year 3


ECTS Hours
Courses according to choice of Academic Focus Area (ME, FE, CE, SIGCORO) see below* 12 96
Courses according to choice of Academic Focus Area (ME, FE, CE, SIGCORO) see below** 12 96
Industrial Project I                                         24
2 24
French as a Foreign Language V 32
Business English V 16
Social Sciences V 24
Pre-professional activities V 24
4 96

30 ECTS, 312 teaching hours


ECTS Hours
Courses according to choice of Academic Focus Area (ME, FE, CE, SIGCORO) see below*** 15 132
Industrial Project II    24
Research Methodology and Practice 24
3 48
French as a Foreign Language VI 12
1 12
Final internship 11 -
30 ECTS, 192 teaching hours

At the end of Year 2 students choose an academic focus area for their final year from four on offer: Mechanical Engineering, Fluids and Energy, Civil Engineering or Signal Control and Robotics. This choice determines their Academic Focus I, II and III courses in semesters 5 and 6 (324 teaching hours).
Mechanical Engineering (ME)

  • Continuum Mechanics - Advanced | 24 hrs
  • Industrial engineering - Advanced | 24 hrs
  • Forming Processes | 24 hrs
  • Material Science | 36 hrs
  • Finite Element Method I | 36 hrs
  • Project management | 24 hrs
  • Numerical methods for the analysis of experimental full field data | 24 hrs
  • Material selection | 24 hrs
  • Finite Element Method II - Transient problems | 24 hrs
  • Manufacturing II - Industrialisation | 24 hrs
  • CAD & Design - Virtual reality | 12 hrs
  • Composite Structures | 24 hrs
  • Introduction to biomechanical engineering | 24 hrs

Fluids and Energy (FE)

  • Thermodynamics II | 24 hrs
  • Fluid mechanics II | 24 hrs
  • Gas dynamics | 24 hrs
  • Incompressible aerodynamics | 24 hrs
  • Introduction to turbomachinery | 24 hrs
  • Introduction to combustion | 24 hrs
  • Heat transfer II | 24 hrs
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) | 24 hrs
  • Applied fluid mechanics | 24 hrs
  • Basics of CFD | 36 hrs
  • Wind engineering | 24 hrs
  • Renewable energies | 24 hrs
  • Basics of Ship design | 24 hrs

Civil Engineering (CE)

  • Soil and Rock mechanics | 36 hrs
  • Mechanics of Civil Engineering Materials and Structures | 24 hrs
  • Structural Design | 24 hrs
  • Building Physics | 24 hrs
  • Practical design / Applications | 48 hrs
  • Building Technology | 24 hrs
  • Structural Dynamics | 24 hrs
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Natural Risks | 36 hrs
  • Modelling of Structures by FEM and BIM | 36 hrs
  • Complex Infrastructures | 36 hrs

Signal, Control and Robotics (SIGCORO)

  • Computer Programming and Data Analysis | 24 hrs
  • Complex Analysis | 24 hrs
  • Electrical Engineering | 24 hrs
  • Robotics I | 24 hrs
  • Signal Processing | 24 hrs
  • Feedback Control Systems | 36 hrs
  • Embedded Systems | 24 hrs
  • Optimization | 24 hrs
  • Statistics | 24 hrs
  • Robotics II | 24 hrs
  • Image Processing | 24 hrs
  • Electronics | 24 hrs

Admission and Eligibility

How to apply for the BSc

  • Open to students preparing a high school diploma in science or equivalent, or having obtained this qualification within the last 12 months.
  • Applicants must be under 26 years of age on 1 January of the year of entry to the programme.
Selection criteria

Basic criteria

  • Academic results - based on a GPA conversion (60%). NB two-years of academic records must be provided and show courses in mathematics and/or sciences
  • Mathematics/science grades (20%)
  • Proficiency in English (20%) * with a minimum score of TOEFL: 78 / TOEIC: 800 / IELTS: 6.0
NB No proficiency requirements in the French language

* Applicants who carried out their studies in English (you must provide an official confirmation letter from your high school) are eligible without passing proficiency 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.

Selection process

Applicants are selected based on their application form, and take account of the applicant’s academic performance, his/her attitude and progress in class, his/her motivation, the relevance of his/her career plans, extra-curricular activities, and his/her level of proficiency in English.
Application procedure

Applications open on 31 October 2022
Applications close on 26 May 2023
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You will need to submit the following documents as part of your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae and cover letter in English
  • A certified copy in English or French of your secondary school diploma; or failing that, the current year's enrolment certificate for the final year of high school studies and academic transcripts
  • Copy of an identity document (e.g. passport)
  • English test score (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS). NB Not required for native speakers of English.

Selected applicants will be invited for an interview via videoconference.

The purpose of the interview is to confirm information provided in the application and to assess:

  • Motivation to follow the programme;
  • Extra-curricular activities;
  • Intellectual curiosity;
  • Potential and ability to adapt to a new environment;
  • Language proficiency in English. 
Tuition Fees and Financing

Tuition Fees

  • €12,000 per annum. Tuition fees are guaranteed for the duration of the programme.
  • Early Bird: a reduction of €1,500 for the first year of study is granted to international students who make their first tuition payment within one month of being offered a place on the programme.

Scholarship opportunities

  • Elite Scholarships may be awarded based on scientific excellence criteria. The award is for the duration of the 3-year programme (provided that the student does not repeat a year) for a maximum annual amount of €6000.
  • Opportunities within the framework of certain international agreements, may be available for periods of international mobility within the programme.
Sustainable Development Goals

Contribution to sustainable development goals


Learn more about Centrale Nantes' commitment to the 17 sustainable development goals
Why choose the BSc?
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluids and Energy
  • Civil Engineering
  • Signal Control and Robotics
  • Top 200 for Engineering in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2023 (3rd school in France)
  • 87th in the world for Mechanical Engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • Language of instruction - 100% English
  • Learn French - language classes provided throughout the three years.
  • 43% international students and 87 nationalities on campus
  • Hands-on experience through two work placements
  • Regular contact with industry via industrial and engineering projects.
  • Industry experts play an active role in the curriculum
  • Pursue your studies with an international master's programme in France or elsewhere.
  • Centrale Nantes offers 6 Master of Science (MSc) programmes, all of which are fully accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
After the BSc

Pursue your studies

Graduates of the BSc in Engineering can pursue their studies with an international master's programme in France or elsewhere. They are ideally placed to continue their studies at Centrale Nantes on one of our 6 Master of Science (MSc) Programmes, all of which are fully accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. These programmes are taught in English with a choice of 14 different specialisms. Centrale Nantes is also involved in five Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees and three Joint Master's Programmes.

With a choice of four academic focus areas in year 3, students are prepared more specifically for the challenges of the following Master of Science programmes:

Academic Focus Area MSc Programmes
Mechanical Engineering (ME) Advanced Manufacturing
Computational Mechanics
Advanced Composite Engineering and Science
Agile Factory Management
Smart and Connected Enterprise
Fluids and Energy (FE) Hydrodynamics for Ocean Engineering
Atlantic Master on Ship Operation & Naval Engineering
Energetics and Propulsion
Atmosphere, Water and Environment
Civil Engineering (CE) Materials and Structures in their Environment
Signal, Control & Robotics (SIGCORO) Signal and Image Processing
Advanced Robotics
Control Systems

Career Prospects

Students benefit from individual careers guidance from the Student Life Team at Centrale Nantes. Face-to-face or online careers sessions, mentoring sessions with graduates, webinars, online forums, etc. help future graduates to find their path.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering prepares its students for direct entry into the workforce. Excellent careers prospects await graduates in startups, SMEs, mid-sizes and large groups alike across varied sectors of activity:

  • Transport - automotive, aeronautical, naval and railway
  • Building, public works and sustainable construction
  • Energy, water and environment
  • Food and beverage industries
  • Health, biomedical
  • Robotics and telecommunications
  • Defence
  • Maritime industry (offshore, MRE)

Examples of job opportunities:

  • Works coordinator: The works coordinator is a supervisor on the building sites. Throughout a project, he or she is responsible for ensuring that the work is carried out properly by all the external service providers selected. The works supervisor ensures good contact and communication between all the service providers in the field, and coordinates the tasks under the authority of the works manager. Their daily work consists of managing the technical resources required for the construction of a project, as well as the human and financial resources needed to ensure that the project runs smoothly.
  • Structural draughtsman: The job of structural draughtsman consists in making a project imagined by an architect a reality by adding calculations made by the design engineers. He/she draws up the various plans and diagrams of the future structure. It is up to him/her to choose the most appropriate scale and not to leave out any detail in the representation of the various structures. He/she is also a mediator between the designers of the project and those who carry it out, when sometimes the design proves to be impossible as it stands, and requires certain modifications.
  • R&D technician: The R&D technician participates in the various development phases of a research and/or development project (carrying out tests, measurements and analyses, making 3D projections, first-level maintenance of laboratory equipment).
  • Technician / Methods manager: The main objective of the methods manager is to optimise production by allocating the necessary resources (equipment, methods, human resources, etc.). The methods manager validates and improves the manufacturing process.
  • Robotics integrator: The robotics integrator studies, integrates and develops robotic solutions for existing processes or those under development.
  • Operational manager of an energy production site
  • Assistant CFD calculation engineer in a design office or research laboratory
  • Assistant design engineer for energy systems
What our graduates say

Emilie, Bachelor of Engineering Graduate, Class of 2022

Why did you choose Centrale Nantes?
"I chose Centrale Nantes as it is considered as one of the top engineering schools in France. Also, it is a general course giving an insight in different fields such as mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering. Centrale Nantes lends a lot of importance to internships, and a strong emphasis is also given to language courses, sports activities, entrepreneurial courses, finance courses, environmental and sustainable engineering and engineering projects."

What did you enjoy the most about the course?
"I enjoyed learning from the different professors who were all unique in their ways of teaching. Studying in France was definitely the most challenging and enjoyable experience."

What about student life on campus?
"There are different associations and sports activities that you can join."

What are you doing now and what are your plans for the future?
"I am working as a Technical Support Engineer in Mauritius. Doing my master is definitely one of my future goals."

How would you describe Centrale Nantes in 3 words?
"Challenging - Knowledge - Success"

Julian, Bachelor of Engineering Graduate, Class of 2022

Why did you choose Centrale Nantes?

"As one of the top French universities, Centrale Nantes offers a core learning framework that shapes students into the great leaders of tomorrow. This, in addition to the solid engineering coursework, multicultural experience, and highly qualified professors convinced me to choose ECN for architecting my career goals."
What did you enjoy the most about the course?
"What I enjoyed the most about the course is that it gave me an opportunity to experience both theoretical and industrial knowledge from as early as the first year. I had a couple of long internships with different companies in the civil engineering and construction sector that gave me hands-on experience and really helped jump-start my career."

What about student life on campus?
"Life on campus was undoubtedly the best, characterized by the comfort, security, convenience, community, and diversity of the people around. I met friends from different parts of the world who have definitely made me have a multicultural perception. We shared a bunch of experiences from food, music, language, sports & games, and career plans. It was simply amazing and enriching."
What are you doing now?
"Currently, I am working for MSALABS - a global provider of a full range of geochemical laboratory services, as a senior project engineer. I have been in charge of developing, designing, and managing several construction projects in Africa, the Middle East, and Canada."
What are your plans for the future?
"My future goal is to pursue a postgraduate degree in Civil engineering, particularly in the field of materials and structures at Centrale Nantes. I believe this will provide greater avenues in my professional growth."
Centrale Nantes in 3 words?
"Excellent, Dynamic, Life-changing"


Focus on unique resources
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.

Hydrodynamic and Ocean Engineering Tank

Amongst the largest in Europe, Centrale Nantes' ocean test facilities include a towing tank, a hydrodynamic and ocean engineering tank, a shallow water tank and a recirculating canal. The ocean engineering tank measures 50m long by 30m wide by 5m deep and is equipped with a segmented wave maker. It is used, for example, to study deep water offshore systems, seakeeping trials for ships, study of the performance of wave power systems and floating wind turbines.

Engine Test Benches

These test facilities allow experimental characterization and numerical modeling of complex energy systems. This research is accompanied by a societal challenge: reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and polluting emissions.

Sustainability and Green Building Platform

This platform provides researchers and companies with exceptional experimental and digital resources.

In order to meet the challenges of environmental civil engineering, the platform brings together simulation tools adapted for design and management of the lifecycle of structures.

Composite Materials and Processes Platform

This experimental equipment makes it possible to produce organic composites and to characterize materials in physical terms. The platform provides the right conditions for the world-class research activity conducted in the field of mechanics of materials and processes.

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 residence - our incoming international bachelor-level students have priority access to the Max Schmitt halls of residence on campus
  • 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 May 13, 2022 Updated on August 3, 2023