Master of Engineering in Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering

General information

The first year is dedicated to general scientific lectures and is common to all students of the Master of Applied Mechanics (SMA). In second year, they can choose among several independant programs, including the Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering program.

The aim of the Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering M2 programme is to give students an 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.

Training involves theoritical courses on typical problems of hydrodynamics: ship resistance, wave induced motions, wave and marine environment modeling ... and numerical methods used to solve these problems. A large part of the training is also dedicated to practical use of softwares to solve problems defined above through a large variety of numerical methods.Students are also involved in practical work in experimental facilities of the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory of Centrale Nantes (towing tank, wave tank equipped with an multiflap wave generator ...).

Study Programme
The duration of the Masters of Science in Applied Mechanics courses is two academic years (120 ECTS credits). Each year is split into two semesters with 30 ECTS credits for each. The 1st-year study programme is the same for all the Masters of Science in Applied Mechanics even though the elective track is different. The language of instruction and examination is English.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Second Year
French language I+II  Common courses French language III Ship resistance
Probalitity and statistics Business Environment Seakeeping
Programming languages and algorithms Numerical analysis Ship behaviour in irregular seas
Numerical methods Mechanical design technology Viscous fluids in hydrodynamics
Continuum mechanics and vibrations  Specialty courses
Engineering materials Numerical method in hydrodynamics
Structural mechanics  Water waves and marine
Fluid mechanics I Constitutive laws Specific methods for free surface problems
Computer-aided mechanical design Master Thesis
Learning outcome:

PhD. Graduate students can prepare a PhD thesis within the Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering Team which works on various problems by experimental and numerical approaches: wave-structure interactions, 3D numerical simulations of extreme waves in open seas, simulation of real sea states in wave tanks, bow impact forces in steep waves, flooding and survivability of damaged ships, marine renewable energies (wave energy converters, offshore wind turbines, marine current turbines) .... subjects of thesis are often defined in collaboration with indutrial partners.
Job. Students can carry out (notably research and development work) in various fields of industry: shipbuilding, sailing and leisure boats, offshore industry, coastal engineering, marine renewable energies ...


The first year is dedicated to general scientific lectures and is common to all students of the Master of Applied Mechanics (SMA). In second year, they can choose among several independant programs, including the Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering program.  

Contact Person: Anne-Laure Fremondiere (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0031- Personal skills and communication", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0542 - Statistics", "0588 - Scientific modelling


Venue: Ecole Centrale de Nantes
Nantes, France



European students: Les droits d'inscription 2016-2017 Ingénieur s'élèvent à 830,10€. Téléchargez le détail des droits d'inscription 2016-2017. More information on the standard local fees

Non European students: €12.000 (€6,000/year).


Degree Requirements
Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science or Equivalent. (Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor's degrees are awarded before they enroll at Centrale Nantes.)

Language Requirements
​Applicants whose native language is not English is required to pass a recognized international English test such as TOEFL (score 220 CBT, 550 PBT, 80 IBT), Cambridge Advanced English Test (score B or higher), IELTS (score 6.5 or higher), TOEIC (800) or other English equivalent test.
An applicant who carried out his study in English is eligible, passing a recognized test provides him more chance to be accepted (official confirmation letter is needed). The English test result must be sent before the deadline of application.

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  • your Family name
  • given name
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There is no need to send any postal documents by postmail

Application deadline: normally in the beginning of May

Grant Opportunities:

Centrale Nantes scholarships are available. Other scholarships from industries or governments are offered. 


Academic level: Master

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