Master's degree of Nanoscale Engineering


Ecole Centrale de Lyon hosts a Master’s program of University of Lyon in partnership with INSA de Lyon and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL). This Master’s program consists of a 2 year program in Master 1 and Master 2 in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies. It makes use of the scientific competencies of its research professors and researchers in three large laboratories in Lyon: the Lyon Institute of Nanotechnology located in Ecole Centrale de Lyon, INSA and UCBL, the Institut Lumière-Matière in UCBL and the Laboratoire Materiaux et Ingénierie des Surfaces (MATEIS) in INSA of Lyon. Specially tailored for the international community, this Master's program welcomes 50% of international students and the curriculum is primarily taught in English. Numerous well-known scientists from overseas are also invited to present seminars throughout the year.

Nanoscale objects present extraordinary properties as they are no longer at the macroscopic level. They are governed by quantum mechanics in physics while fluid mechanics impose other laws. Therefore, the capability to control materials at a nanoscale level allows for the creation of tools with unique properties that can be incorporated with existing tools or that can open a whole new field of engineering applications. Nanosciences are at the forefront of multiple disciplines, including physics, chemistry, electronics and biology, and are used to overcome future challenges in disciplines as widespread as health, renewable energy, communication tools and many others.


This Master’s program aims to nurture scientists capable of conceiving tools at a nanoscale level. To achieve this, students follow a curriculum with a solid multidisciplinary theoretical foundation in physics, material sciences, techniques of material characterisation and also in nanoelectronics and/or in nanobiotechnology if they wish to specialise or widen their knowledge base. At the same time, students acquire practical expertise thanks to laboratory work, internships in laboratories (2 in M1, 1 in M2) by taking advantage of the research materials of the 3 laboratories. They are hence immersed in a high quality research environment (laboratory work in clean rooms, for example). A course on the social impact of nanotechnologies is also integrated as part of non-scientific teaching as well as a course on project management and a course on intellectual and industrial properties.

French and international students in their 3rd year of studies in Ecole Centrale de Lyon, taking the option of Bio-Engineering and Nanotechnologies, can integrate into the 2nd year of the Master’s of Nanoscale Engineering, follow a portion of the courses and obtain this Master’s, thanks to the curriculum of this option.

The complete description of the curriculum of this Master's program is available on


Upon graduation, students pursue a Doctorate or join high-technology companies in France or overseas (Thalès, CEA, STmicroelectronics, Google…)


Registration for this Master's program can be done throughout the year with a deadline of mid May for international students outside of the EU and mid June for Europeans. As spaces are limited, admissions are granted after going through a selection process from a panel of 4 teachers-in-charge of the Master's program.

Application 2017

Applications from 1st February 2017 to 15th June 2017 for candidates who are nationals of European Economic Area and to 15th May 2017 for all other applicants.