Process and Bioprocess Engineering

Diplôme d'ingénieur contrôlé par l'État


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Periods spent abroad
Yes, Compulsory
A stay of at least 13 weeks abroad is compulsory during the three years of study. This mobility can take the form of a summer internship, an end-of-studies internship or a semester abroad.

Targeted audience

Targeted audience
Bac + 2 ; Bac + 4

Available in

Initial education (3 years)

Work and study programme
Opportunities are open for professional training contracts during the 5th year of the engineering studies.
Gap year

A gap year is possible during the engineering cycle.




The objective of the Process and Bioprocess Engineering (GPB) specialty is to develop general skills as well as scientific, human and economic techniques covering all the fields related to the transformation of the material into finished end-use products.

This specialty also enables the students to understand issues, to design, to innovate, to install but also to exploit and maintain processes and bioprocesses in all their diversities.


With a large part of human and economic sciences, this training allows the student to conduct studies, manage and carry out businesses, organise the intervention of various internal and external partners, ensure quality and guarantee achievements in line with normative and regulatory commitments.

  • Mastering all fields related to the transformation of the material into end-use products, while taking into account the energy cost and respecting the environmental constraints.
  • Designing, innovating, implementing, sizing but also exploiting processes and bio-processes in very different industrial fields.
  • Managing and leading projects in cooperation with internal and external partners, ensuring the quality of (bio) productions and guaranteeing their effectiveness.



Engineering students attend the Campus of Gavy in Saint-Nazaire.

Programme Leader(s)


Entry requirement

Academic requirement

Admission process for French speaking students

French speaking students can apply directly on with a foreign scientific diploma and obtain a French engineering degree (Master’s degree in engineering). Selected students follow courses with fellow French students. Depending on the country where applicants are studying, they may be required to follow the “Etudes en France” studies & visa application process.

Admission process for non-french speaking students in Polytech partner universities

Initiated by the AVOSTTI Project, the Polytech Group has developed a 2 phase programme allowing students to start scientific/technological studies and French learning in their country and then to follow their engineering studies in France in one of its 15 engineering faculties. Current active partners are located in China : Ocean University of China (OUC) of Qingdao, South China University of Technology (SCUT - Guangzhou), Xidian University of Xi’an, etc.

Admission process for non-french speaking students from other universities

Several Polytech engineering faculties have developed bridging program (n+i, Polytech Mundus) allowing non-French speaking students (with a scientific Bachelor’s level) to gain French fluency and thus follow French engineering studies. The programme consists in a first year of intensive courses in French language and French scientific culture (with a scientific/technology major such as mechanics, computer science, electronics…) and 2 years of engineering studies among fellow French students.


Application procedure

Admission to initial training with student status is common to all schools in the Polytech network. This is a unique and valid application for all 15 schools, regardless of your academic background.


Content of the programme / Syllabus

Process and Bioprocess engineering program

5th year options : 

  • Chemical Industries and Environmental Technologies
  • Bio-Industries
  • Transversal option (MAQSE-i): Quality, Safety and Environmental Management

The teacher-researchers mainly work in the GEPEA - UMR 6144 (Laboratoire Génie des Procédés-Environnement Agro-alimentaire).

The engineering studies include three compulsory internships:

  • 3rd year: internship in a company (4 weeks minimum) 
  • 4th year: Internship in the student’s specialisation in a company or laboratory (8 to 15 weeks)
  • 5th year: end of studies internship in a contracted company or laboratory (18 weeks minimum)

A stay of at least 13 weeks abroad is compulsory during the three years of study. This mobility can take the form of a summer internship, an end-of-studies internship or a semester abroad.

What's next?

Career opportunities

Business sectors

Career opportunities
  • Agribusiness (including marine bio-resources)
  • Environmental protection (treatment and recycling of water, recovery of waste and co-products, eco-technologies)
  • Environmental protection, effluent treatment
  • Valorization of biomasses
  • Consultancy, equipment manufacturers
Jobs opportunities 
  • Development Engineer - Technical Consultancy
  • Production Engineer, Operations, Maintenance, Testing, Quality, Safety, Environment
  • Business Engineer
  • R&D Engineer 


Tuition fee

Registration fees in the engineering studies (2022/2023)

Non scholarship-holder: 601* €
Scholarship-holder: 0 €
*Contribution of student life and campus : 95 €

Registration procedures

International office
Phone : +33(0)2 51 85 74 25


More information
International office
Phone : +33(0)2 51 85 74 25

Mis à jour le 04 November 2022.