Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering


The Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering is a graduate program of the Université de Lyon, operated by the École Centrale de Lyon. It offers a two-year program in Master 1 (M1) and Master 2 (M2). The M1 is a common-core syllabus (between the 2 M2 options) and the M2 is divided in 2 parts: one M2 option "Aerospace Propulsion (PAS)" and a second M2 option "Dynamic and Sustainability of Composite Materials (DDC)".

The concerned disciplinary fields are fluid mechanics and energy, solid and structural mechanics, materials, and control engineering, in relation with three renowned research laboratories of Lyon: LMFA, LTDS and Ampère.

The Master is in line with the strategic axis "Science and engineering for a sustainable society" defined by the Université de Lyon, as well as with two social challenges identified by the École Centrale de Lyon, "Aeronautics and space" and "Increasing the competitiveness of the industrial economy through innovation and entrepreneurship".


The purpose is to train future technical leaders and researchers for all aspects of the aerospace industry from major constructors like SAFRAN and Airbus, to component suppliers. A special attention is paid to make students aware of codes, languages and common practice in the industry. Furthermore, this industry is intrinsically transnational, with numerous opportunities to work abroad with connections to France or to work in France with connections to other countries. So the students are given the opportunity to develop international/intercultural skills.

It is to notice that the aerospace industry is subjected to long-term cycles. A "design" dominated stage with ambitious projects (A380, A350, A400M, EC 175, LEAP, …) is ending, while a "production" dominated stage is starting for the next decade. The problematic is thus moving from the design of large complex systems to the continuous optimisation of components, taking into account manufacturing and maintainability constraints, in particular with the increasing implementation of composite materials. The provided training is supporting such a change.

More specifically, the M2 option "Aerospace Propulsion" is focusing on the design process of an aircraft or a rocket engine, providing a practical understanding of all aspects of the industry, from design to manufacture and maintenance. Graduates should drive components redesign, for optimisation for new purposes or for adaptation to new production processes or maintenance procedures.

Professional perspectives

It is expected that one third of graduates will pursue PhD studies in an academic or industrial research laboratory. Two third will enter major constructors and component suppliers, as well as aerospace engineering consulting companies.

Program in short

Diagram Program Master Aerospace Engineering

The program is organized in 4 semesters. The first one is common for the two training options. The course ends with a 6 months research project.

Semester 1

  • Basic scientific courses
    • Solid mechanics
    • 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 program
    • Advanced research project
    • Foreign language (including french)
    • Transcultura
  • Training Option ‘Aerospace propulsion’
    • Optimal design and computational fluid mechanics
    • Conception and simulation, non Destructive Testing
    • Adaptive Filtering: Application to Active Noise Control
    • Aircraft Turbojets
  • Training Option ‘Dynamic and sustainability of composite materials’
    • Materials: polymers, observation and analysis, surfaces
    • Adaptive Filtering: Application to Active Noise Control
    • Plates and shells
    • Intelligent Mecatronic Systems

Semester 3

  • Common program
    • Foreign language (including french)
    • Professionalization courses
  • Training Option ‘Aerospace propulsion’
    • Aero-Thermodynamics of Turbomachines
    • Elective courses in a large range (noise, combustion, turbulent flows, acoustics, automatics, modelling and scientific computing, etc)
    • Aircraft predesign project
  • Training Option ‘Dynamic and sustainability of composite materials’
    • 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

  • Training Option ‘Aerospace propulsion’
    • Master thesis research project (6 months)
  • Training Option ‘Dynamic and sustainability of composite materials’
    • Process-Product-Performances
    • Master thesis research project (6 months)

Application for the academic year 2020-2021

First recruitment session open from December 16th 2019 to February 14th 2020.

To apply for the 1st year of the Master in Aerospace Engineering, please click here.

To apply for the 2nd year of the Master in Aerospace Engineering (Aerospace Propulsion - PAS), please click here.

To apply for the 2nd year of the Master in Aerospace Engineering, (Dynamic and Sustainability of Composite Materials - DDC), please click here.

Although there will be a second application session from March 16th to April 30th, 2020, we recommend strongly that you apply to this first session to help you with the visa process.


Master's degree, bachelor of science, bachelor of technology either in propulsion, fluids mechanics, solids mechanics or aeronautic engineering.

Please be ready with:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • Copy of your Passport/ID Card
  • ID picture
  • Academic reference letter(s) from a head professor and based on the last year of university
  • Jobs supervisor reference letter(s) if you're not currently a student
  • Transcripts of records of current year (bachelor or master) and all previous years of university
  • Copy of the last degree awarded
  • B2 intermediate advanced level English language certificate (minimum level IELTS 5.0, TOIEC 400, EFSET 51, TOEFL IBT 72, Cambridge FCE, CECR B2, ILR 2, ACTFL Avancé moyen, CLB 7, TOEIC 605) or at least 3 years of education in English

In view of the exceptional situation related to the Covid-19 outbreak, candidates who do not have all the required documents may still apply. In this case, please submit any old or unofficial documents that you have, such as grades from your first semester, as well as an explanation as to why your documents are delayed, such as the closure of facilities, postponoments of exams, etc..