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Academic Programme

Thermal Science and Energy Master’s Degree (TE)

Diplôme national de master contrôlé par l'État


Thermal Science and Energy is an academic curricular of Nantes Université' Master's Degree in Mechanics. It is a two-year degree (M1 + M2) but only the second year (M2 Thermal Science and Energy) is accessible at Polytech Nantes. Read more

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  • 1 year
Places *
* Polytech Nantes
Internship(s) *
Yes, Compulsory
* During the 2nd semester, students complete a 5 months research thesis/internship in a laboratory or company which allows them to be paid around €2500 (€500 per month).

Targeted audience

Prerequisites for enrolment
Bac +4




Tuition fees: 7 500€
These cost corresponds mainly to education and training costs. Polytech Nantes does not offer scholarships however should you require financial help please have a look at the Campus France Scholarship catalog website.


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Through this training, students will acquire and expand their scientific and technological knowledge and practical experiences
to understand and contribute to innovative research and development processes in the field of thermal energy.
This will give them the opportunity to become fully involved in the various challenges of the energy transition.


  • perform engineering design of industrial projects
  • conduct experimental and numerical analysis studies and analyzing results


The programme mainly aims at international students and is taught in English. A good command of the English language is required (B2 score as defined by the Council of Europe). Introductions to French language and European culture are provided locally at Polytech Nantes.



Polytech Nantes (campus Chantrerie)

Programme Leader(s)

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Research center

Polytech Nantes relies on the expertise of 7 world-renowned high-level research laboratories. The school is pro-actively involved in research and development activities.

Hosting research labs with Thermal Science and Energy academic curricular:
  • Laboratoire de Thermique et Énergie de Nantes (LTeN, UMR 6607 - CNRS)


Entry requirement

Academic requirement

The Master’s Degree is a two-year degree. At Polytech Nantes, only the second year is accessible, so applicants should hold a degree which is at least a 4-year degree in higher education (i.e. a 3-year Bachelor is not acceptable) and should be in one of the following fields: Applied Physics, MechanicalEngineering, Chemical Engineering.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate (from transcripts of their degrees) good knowledge in, not necessarily all, but in most of the following fields:

• mathematics (tools for engineer)
• thermodynamics
• heat transfer
• fluid mechanics
• digital methods (coding)


Academic curricular in Thermal Science and Energy (program)

First semester (S9) - (30 ECTS)

The first semester is devoted to the acquisition and deepening of the mandatory f undamentals in thermal and energy sciences. They are systematically put into practice and illustrated both in the case of complex media (composite or heterogeneous materials, for example) and emerging applications of the energy transition.

• Fundamentals of heat transfer (physics and engineering approach of heat transfers : conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer)
• Experimental and digital methods (experimental methods and protocols, digital methods and tools)
• Fluid mechanics (fundamentals, turbulence and turbulent flow, hydrodynamic stability and dynamic systems)
• Heat transfer in solids, composites and
heterogeneous media (heat transfer at interfaces, heat transfer during
composite injection, heat transfer with phase change, polymers and
composite thermophysical properties)
• Energy systems (thermal energy storage, system optimization, energy transition)

First semester (S10) - (30 ECTS)

The second semester is dedicated to a fulltime scientific and technical internship (minimum 5 months) related to a research & development project conducted in academic labs or private companies.

Validations of both the exam session and of the master internship (defense and report) lead to the French Master’s Degree from the
Nantes Université.

What's next?

Level of education obtained after completion

Bac+5 (Unknown label)

Career opportunities

Business sectors

  • R&D engineer
  • Future involvement in international PhD top level programs
  • Thermal design engineer in industrial companies (Energy Production, Transport...)


Registration procedures

  • For students coming from a partner university with Polytech, please contact the international office coordinator of your home university concerning the enrolment.
    → Nomination deadline April 15th 2024.
  • For students coming from a country that is part of the Campus France procedure, please enrol with Campus France.
    → Applications start from October 1st, and end depending on your local embassy.
    Click here to see the list of countries part of the Campus France procedure.
  • For students coming from a country that is not part of the Campus France procedure, please download the application form and send it to incoming.mobility@polytech.univ-nantes.fr with all the requested documents.
    → Deadline to submit your application: 15 April 2024.



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Phone : +33(0)2 51 85 74 25


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Mis à jour le 09 January 2024.