Thermal Science and Energy is an academic curricular of the Mechanics Master's Degree. 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€
Reduced tuition fees: 4 000€
This cost corresponds mainly to education and training costs.


Through this program, students will acquire the scientific and technological knowledge, as well as the principal experience, to understand and contribute to innovative research and development processes in the energy field.


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


The program 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 Gavy)


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)



Prerequisites for enrolment

Bac +4

Prerequisites training

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)

Conditions of applications

  • For students coming from a partner university with Polytech Nantes, please contact the international office coordinator of your home university concerning the enrolment.
  • For students coming from a country that is part of the Campus France procedure, please enrol with Campus France first, and then send us the requested documents below.
  • For students coming from a country that is not part of the Campus France procedure, please send us directly the requested documents below :
  1. a detailed CV in English (including the precise content of your studies, which topics were studied each year, grades/marks obtained, score obtained for an international test of English, reports you may have written during your studies)
  2. a cover letter
  3. a complete transcript in English of years of study at the University
  4. a copy of your passport

Complete the application form ou our website.


Academic curricular in Thermal Science and Energy (program)

First semester (S9) - (30 ECTS)

Fundamentals of heat transfer (Physics and engineering of heat transfer, Convective and radiative heat transfer)
• Experimental and digital methods (Experimental methods, Digital methods)
• Fluid mechanics (Fundamentals, Turbulence and turbulent flow, Hydrodynamic stability and Dynamic systems)
• Heat transfer in solids 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)

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
University of Nantes.

What's next ?

Level of education obtained after completion

Unknown label (Unknown label)

Job opening

Business sector or job

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


Conditions of submission

  • For students coming from a partner university with Polytech, please contact the international office coordinator of your home university concerning the enrolment.
  • For students coming from a country that is part of the Campus France procedure, please enrol with Campus France.
    → Applications from November 15th 2018 to March 20th 2019.
  • For students coming from a country that is not part of the Campus France procedure, please enrol via SURF procedure.
    → Applications will start in early February 2019 and will end on March 20th 2019.



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