Master's degree of Nanoscale Engineering


Ecole Centrale de Lyon hosts a Master’s program of the Université de 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 five large laboratories in Lyon: the Lyon Institute of Nanotechnology (INL), the Institute of Light and Matter (ILM), Materials, Science and Engineering (MATEIS), the Laboratory of Multimaterials and Interfaces (LMI) and the Institute of Analytical Sciences (ISA). Specially tailored for the international community, this Master's program welcomes more than 60% 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 beginning of May. As spaces are limited, admissions are granted after going through a selection process from a panel of 3 teachers-in-charge of the Master's program.

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 Nanoscale Engineering, please click here.

To apply for the 2nd year of the Nanoscale Engineering, 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.

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 apply. In this case, please submit instead a certificate explaining why the document cannot be provided, and whether or not it can be obtained at the reopening of the university.