Admission and enrolment - Master's degrees

Applications 2023-2024

Please find below the application procedures according to your student profile:

Applying from outside the European Union

The recruitment campaign takes place from October 1st to December 15th 2022 on the Campus France website:

An additional file is required by Centrale Lyon for international master's degree applications (see paragraph below "Applying for an international master’s programme").

Applying from Europe

The recruitment campaign begins in the first quarter of 2023.

Applying from a partner institution

The application procedures will be sent to you by your administration.

Applying for an international master’s programme (M1-2)

An application form must be completed for each International Master Course. The link is available on the relevant Master's page, and is accessible from 28th October 2022 to 31st January 2023.

Applying for other master’s programmes (M2 only)

Find all the other Masters on the "Master's degree" page:

  • Chemistry and materials science
  • Econometrics, statistics
  • Electronics, electrical energy, automation
  • Civil engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Computer science
  • Health engineering
  • Applied mathematics, Statistics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Risks and the environment
  • Public health

For any administrative enquiries, please contact the offices listed in the right-hand column. For any enquiries about the content of the programme, please contact the person indicated on the Master’s degrees webpage.

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Fees for a Master's degree 2022-2023

The fees for the Master programme are subject to change.

All students must pay €92 for the Student and Campus Life Contribution (CVEC). This should be added to the enrolment fees that apply to the student’s particular situation.

Main enrolment in the master's programme; double course for auditors of the engineering programme

SituationFrench government grant holderNon-grant holder
Rate AFree€243 + CVEC (€92)
Rate BRate A or free, depending on the grant€3,770 + CVEC (€92)

Enrolment in a double degree course in engineering (excluding auditors)

SituationFrench government grant holderNon-grant holder
Rate AFree€159
Rate BRate A or free, depending on the grant€2,513

Rate A generally applies to European students or students enrolled in public higher education under the French Ministry of Higher Education without interruption since 2018-19. See the Differentiated Fee Guide for more information.

Rate B covers all other situations.

Students coming under an exchange agreement with a Centrale Master's programme are generally exempt from registration fees and the CVEC. It is advisable to check the terms of the exchange in the admission letter.

Please note! In the case of co-accredited Master's programmes, the fee applied is that of the institution carrying out the administrative registration.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees, the cost of living in France can be quite high. We invite students to consider the following before committing to a course at Centrale:

  • Living expenses are on average €1,000 per month (excluding housing subsidies).
  • The cost of starting the new school year represents an average of €1,200 in additional expenses.
  • Students must have computer equipment.
  • It is specified that student jobs alone cannot finance these studies (demanding schedule and personal work...)

See also Average cost for studying at Centrale Lyon.

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Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

The mechanism for recognising prior learning does not apply to students during their initial education. This section is exclusively for those looking to apply for a degree through the recognition of their prior learning (VAE in French).

The recognition of prior learning is a legal means to obtain a nationally-recognised degree by demonstrating professional skills acquired through various experiences (employment, unpaid activities, trade union offices, volunteer and community work, etc.).

Receipt of a degree through RPL requires a written submission (dossier) and an oral examination (before a board). The applicant must prove proficiency over all benchmark skills expected for a formally educated degree holder.

École Centrale de Lyon is authorised to award its two engineering degrees through RPL:

  • General engineering degree.
  • Engineering degree specialising in energy, facility design.

Also under RPL, École Centrale de Lyon can award the master’s degrees for which it is accredited.

Who might be interested in RPL?

A holder of a two-year college diploma or university bachelor’s degree, who can prove at least one year’s experience in engineering.

(Realistically, it is extremely rare that a single year of engineering experience would lead to proficiency in the required skills. Usually, three years’ practical experience is necessary).

For enquires relating to the recognition of prior learning (RPL), you can contact the institute’s RPL adviser Philippe Thimonier.

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