Master of Aerospace Engineering

Laboratoire LMFA

The Master of Aerospace Engineering degree is a two-year (M1 and M2) programme operated by École Centrale de Lyon under the aegis of Université de Lyon.

The first year comprises the core subjects while the second year is divided into two tracks: Aerospace Propulsion (PAS) and Dynamic and Sustainability of Composite Materials (DDC).

The fields of study involved cover fluid mechanics, energy, solid and structure mechanics, materials and automation. The programme is supported by three major Lyon laboratories: the LMFA, the LTDS and the Ampère Laboratory.


  • Educate future technology leaders and researchers in the different aspects of the aerospace industry, from large constructors to component suppliers.
  • Develop intercultural/international skills.
  • Train students in the continual optimisation of components, keeping in mind manufacturing and maintenance constraints.
  • Make students aware of the industry’s codes, languages and common practices.

In sync with changes to the aerospace sector

This long-cycle sector is emerging from a ‘design-centric’ phase, associated with large aircraft (A380, A350, A400M, EC 175, LEAP-X, etc.) and entering a new ‘production-based’ phase for the coming decade. The challenge is thus moving from the design of large complex systems to the continual enhancement of components and their production. The use of composite materials, for example, will continue to grow. Accordingly, this programme seeks to follow this development.

Design, construct, maintain

The Aerospace Propulsion (PAS) track is targeted at developing the student’s understanding of an aerospace engine’s design process. This master’s programme expands the student’s abilities in design, construction and maintenance. Those graduating will become the creative force in the development of components, thereby increasing their uses or adapting them to new manufacturing processes.

Installations expérimentales du LMFA (LP3)
Photo of an experiment facility at the LMFA (LP3), used to study noise from rotating machinery. The image shows the air intake, pressure sensors (bright marks on surface) and the rotor.


The syllabus is organised into four semesters and ends with a six-month research placement. The first semester is the same for the two tracks.

Diagram Program Master Aerospace Engineering

Semester 1

  • Basic scientific courses: solid mechanic, fluid mechanics, experimental techniques in materials and mechanics, numerical methods and signal processing.
  • Production management: management of innovation processes, Lean Manufacturing and Lean Engineering, advanced design project, foreign language (including French).

Semester 2

  • Common courses: advanced research project, foreign language (including French), intercultural studies.
  • Aerospace Propulsion option: optimal design and computational fluid mechanics, conception and simulation, non-destructive testing, adaptive filtering (application to active noise control), turbojet aircraft.
  • Dynamic and Sustainability of Composite Materials option: materials including polymers, observation and analysis, surfaces, adaptive filtering (application to active noise control), plates and shells, intelligent mecatronic systems.

Semester 3

  • Common courses: foreign language (including French), professionalisation courses.
  • Aerospace Propulsion option: aero-thermodynamics of turbomachines, wide range of elective courses (noise, combustion, turbulent flows, acoustics, automatics, modelling and scientific computing, etc.), aircraft pre-design project.
  • Dynamic and Sustainability of Composite Materials option: composite materials and structures, structural health monitoring, advanced numerical methods, dynamics and sustainability of materials and structures, fluid-structure interaction, active noise control and vibration.

Semester 4

  • Aerospace Propulsion option: master thesis research project (6 months).
  • Dynamic and Sustainability of Composite Materials option: process-product-performance, master thesis research project (6 months).

A complete description of the master’s curriculum is available at

Career prospects

Campus déambulatoire

After graduation, some two-thirds of students find jobs in industrial companies, subcontractors or design firms specialising in the sector. The other third continue with a doctorate at a research laboratory or in partnership with an industrial manufacturer.

Applications for 2021-2022 academic year

Applications are accepted in an initial round between December and February. You are strongly advised to apply during this round. An additional round of applications is scheduled between March and Mid-May.

Due to the current health situation, the recruitment procedure takes longer. As far as possible, applicants are required to submit their applications before May 2nd 2021.

Applications for the academic year 2021-2022 are now closed.


Bachelor’s or master’s degree in the following fields: propulsion, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics or aeronautical engineering.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Copy of passport/ID card
  • Photo ID
  • Academic letter(s) of recommendation based on the last university year from a head lecturer
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from your employer if you are not currently a student
  • Academic transcripts for current year (bachelor’s or master’s) and all previous university years
  • Copy of last conferred degree
  • English language certificate - B2 - intermediate/proficient (minimum level IELTS 5.0, TOIEC 400, EFSET 51, TOEFL IBT 72, Cambridge FCE, CECR B2, ILR 2, ACTFL Advanced mid, CLB 7, TOEIC 605) or at least 3 years of education in English