2nd year

Customized training


The semester 7 (Fall Semester)

This first semester makes it possible to complete and deepen the knowledge acquired in the first year. A choice of electives is proposed in a list covering all disciplines of the common core.
These courses allow the student: openings in particular areas of his choice, a consolidation of the achievements of the Common Core in the areas that attract him, a construction of his personal and professional project (possibility to complete his training in areas he does not wish to go further). 

The teachings are available in:

➔ Basic sciences, specialties sciences and engineering sciencesElectronics and automatic

Social science

Deepening (1 of the 3 choices): Maths-Info, Chemistry-Process Engineering, Physics-Mechanics 

➔ Elective modules

3 optional options of 36 hours each in a list of disciplines of the common core (the rule of choice guarantees the generalist nature of the training).

➔ The times "Train'Ing"

Practical activities or project workshops, serious game, or scientific openness

➔ The project

Project "Innovation"

➔ International languages ​​and cultures

(About 10% of lessons) 

➔ Sports and artistic activities

Semester 8  (Spring Semester)

 In Semester 8, students will begin developing their personalized programme.

For 50% of students, this will involve a period spent in another country, either studying in a university or with an internship in business.

Students wishing to continue their studies at Centrale Marseille can choose one of the specialized multidisciplinary courses in a key scientific or social field of utmost importance (health, energy, environment, etc.).
Unique at Centrale Marseille, these courses are part of an innovative teaching programme.

Semester 8 - i.e. the second semester in Year 2 - provides students with a period of solid and personalized studies.


Students are expected to choose either a period abroad in a foreign research laboratory or university of science and technology in Centrale Marseille’s network of partners, or to follow a thematic programme in Marseilles. These thematic programmes focus on major social issues for our future society and bring together multidisciplinary scientific studies and issues relating to social sciences (ethics, geopolitics, etc.).

Six thematic programmes are available, each representing 300 hours of lectures and tutorials + an internship:


To discover a fast-growing field with real potential in terms of career opportunities for engineering students. This programme can be complemented by courses on biotechnology in health services.

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Dynamics, changes and crises

To develop tools for modelization of dynamics, changes and crises through a transdisciplinary approach (physics, chemistry, economics, etc.) with studies into the advantages and disadvantages of modelization.

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Sustainable Energy

To understand and analyze the issues and challenges linked to energy, find and apply scientific and technical solutions through an adapted intellectual approach that takes into account not only the sciences, but also social sciences and economics.

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Environment and Sustainable Development

To initiate the future engineer in the stakes involved in sustainable development and offer tools for understanding and identifying various types of intervention in order to discover technical solutions that will reduce the impact of human activity on the environment (water, air, etc.).

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Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

To review the scientific and social implications involved in the revolution generated by nanosciences and nanotechnologies, become aware of the multidimensional issues raised by NST, study risk management, and learn about the democratic debate on the use of these new technologies.

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Computer Sciences and Digital Society

To develop a solid understanding of this scientific and technical sector and of material systems for treatment of data (hardware) and the societal problems raised by these technologies and their use in society.

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