Period 2 - S8, S9 et S10

Assert yourself + deepen + project yourself


Reinforcing knowledge & professional commitment

During the second part of the course, you will finally work in the field that you have gradually chosen, from the countless possibilities offered. The objective of this "2nd period" is to draw your profile, singular and coherent, nourished by better self-knowledge, at the crossroads of your academic tastes and your professional aspirations.

Semestre 8

This 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 end of semester 7 leads to one of the following three choices: 

  • opt for international mobility for one semester and benefit from the School's impressive network of partners
  • go on a gap year and develop a personal project
  • stay at Centrale Marseille and choose one of the five multidisciplinary thematic routes :


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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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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International mobility

Almost one in two students choose to carry out international mobility during an academic semester with one of Centrale Marseille's partners.


Last period (Semesters 9 and 10, with the possibility of Semesters 11 and 12)

The final courses in the Centrale Marseille Engineering programme cover an impressive range of options.

Students can choose between a combination of 5 more advanced options and 6 fields of engineering.
At the same time, they can opt for a Masters degree in some 20 specialized areas in a wide spectrum of disciplines.
In addition other options are available outside Centrale Marseille, thus allowing students to set up a personalized programme for their last two semesters and the possibility of an additional two semesters: international double degree, gap year for other professional or academic pursuits, or transfer to another École Centrale.

At the end of their study programme, students are required to submit a Final Dissertation to be prepared in an enterprise or a laboratory in France or abroad: students will take on the role of engineer and must provide evidence of their ability to manage a high level academic, technical and methodological project.

This third year (semesters 9 and 10) completes the Centrale Marseille cycle of engineering studies. A real springboard for their future, this programme prepares students for a career that reflect their own preferences and ambitions. It seeks, on the one hand,to consolidate and extend their knowledge in one or more disciplines and, on the other, to personalize their professional profile.

Semester 9

Extension course: advanced studies in chosen engineering speciality

Through the development of scientific and technological skills in one or several disciplines, the extension course seeks to train high-level generalist engineers in mastering methods of analysis, control, conception, and optimization of complex systems.

Regrouped in 5 major fields, the options offered by Centrale Marseille have the following common elements:

Professional Speciality

As generalist engineers, Centrale Marseille graduates will work in a wide range of professional specialities and will be employed in a variety of different roles throughout their career.
Specialist courses will give them the professional skills needed for each phase in their future career. The ‘ultimate’ objective is to encourage them to see the world of business from the wider perspective and to prepare them for the opportunities and changes in career that they will one day have to confront.
Through their discovery of the engineering profession, the accent will be placed in particular on: 

  • confrontation with the complexity of one or more disciplines by taking a scientific approach and mastering basic theoretical tools,
  • concrete business situations based on industrial projects and case studies,
  • original and innovative teaching approaches,
  • a high-level professorial school closely linked to Research and Business.
  • being innovative and taking the initiative,
  • demonstrating aptitude for communication and teamwork,
  • taking responsibility and providing leadership displaying versatility and adaptability.


  • Extension course (400h)

    Scientific development + confrontation with complexity + simulation + innovative pedagogy + high academic level

    Professional Speciality (110h)

    skills to be operational in all types of
    professional environments

    BiotechnoloGy, EngineeRing, Environment, Energy - BGREE Course
    Coordinators: Damien Herault - Audrey Soric

    Industrial Acoustics - Coordinator: Cédric Maury
    Modelization of Structural and Material Mechanics - Coordinator: Thierry Désoyer
    Fluids: energy, transport, environment, health - Coordinator: Fabien Anselmet
    Marine Engineering - Coordinator: Lili Kimmoun

    Mathematics, Management, Economics, Finance 
    Financial Mathematics - Actuarial Sciences - Entrepreneurial Finance and Strategy
    Coordinators: Renaud Bourles - Christophe Pouet

    Consulting, IT & Data
    Coordinator: Pascal Préa

    Photonics and Innovative Systems - PIS Course
    Coordinator: Nicolas Sandeau


    Research & Development

    Conception, Design office

    Production, logistics

    Audit & Consult


    Oprerational Management 
    in partnership with the IAE Centre d'Aix-en-Provence
    Coordinators: Françoise Perrin (ECM) and Delphine Chazalon (IAE)

    management (60h)

    Langues et cultures internationales (60h)


    • pilotage de projet
    • management de l’innovation 
    • management des hommes et des équipes, des marchés et des clients
    • management stratégique, juridique et à l’international


Semestre 10

Final Dissertation (TFE)

During this longer period, students take on the role of engineers working at the heart of industry or research in France or abroad. It will allow them to apply the knowledge (both technical and scientific) and skills (project leadership, management) acquired throughout their Centrale Marseille programme. They will take charge of an entire technical project or participate in a current research and development project in which they must display, test and develop their scientific imagination, curiosity and rigour.
This last phase of the Centrale Marseille Engineering Programme is vital for preparing them for their first job, since potential employees often recruit interns after they have completed their final dissertation.


Variations to Year 3

Together with, or in place of, the third year at Centrale Marseille, the following options are also available :

  • A double course in Engineering and Research. Linked to their chosen extension course, all students wishing to opt for R&D or to prepare a doctorate will have an opportunity to study, in parallel, for a Master linked to their study preferences.
  • A double degree with one of Centrale Marseille’s partner schools in France (DD with IAE Aix-en-Provence, ENSAE and Sciences Po Aix).
  • A double degree with a foreign partner university or engineering school having a convention with the Écoles Centrales Group (2 years at Centrale Marseille, following by 2 years in the partner university).
  • A year in a foreign university with one of our many partner universities (validation of ECTS credits).
  • Transfer to another member of the Ecoles Centrales Group (dependent on acceptance of application).
  • Gap year to take on a personal or professional project.