ENSTA Bretagne : Architecture Navale

Naval and Offshore Architecture

ENSTA Bretagne : enseignement et recherche en ingénierie et architecture navales

ENSTA Bretagne offers France's most comprehensive naval architecture and engineering program with the highest enrollment.

In this world-class program, all the parameters required for smooth ship operation are addressed: hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, durability, stability, propulsion, structural calculations, maneuverability, seaworthiness, ergonomics, etc.

The program applies to all types of ships and platforms: sailing and motor yachts, offshore racing boats, cruise ships, passenger boats, cargo vessels, LNG carriers, container ships, ro-ro ships, offshore platforms, civil professional vessels, military ships, submarines, etc.

Inventing the vessels of the future also means seeking more environmentally-friendly and more energy-efficient materials and propulsion systems. The Mechanical Science Research Department at ENSTA Bretagne contributes to this effort through the IRDL (Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme), a CNRS Joint Research Center which is leading the way on these issues.

Program strengths

International renown

Each year, the Royal Institute of Naval Architects, in partnership with Bureau Veritas, awards a prize to the top student in this major. Other examples of academic partnerships around the world: United Kingdom (Cranfield University), Australia (Australian Maritime College, University of Australia, Flinders)…

Prizes and awards

ENSTA Bretagne students have won prizes at several editions of the international HydroContest which focuses on naval energy efficiency, reaching the top of the podium on several occasions. These successful results reward the practical application of the program's content.

Applied research to boost learning

Through the Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (IRDL) and shared research laboratories with industry, the research work conducted on campus focuses on improving ship performance and in particular on ship-sea interactions, in all conditions, including the most hostile.

This applied research is conducted in collaboration with many businesses and organizations in the maritime sector based both in France and around the globe.

Digital simulation in naval hydrodynamics

Digital simulation tools for fluid mechanics and fluid-structure interactions are developed to meet the challenges raised during the naval design phase: advance resistance assessment during the pre-project phase, assessment of the hydrodynamic performance of propulsion systems, behavior of marine structures in swell, structures exposed to impact.

Extensive experimental equipment

Many scientific studies, ranging in scale from that of the material to that of the entire structure, are validated using our extensive and unparalleled experimental facilities. These facilities, which form the MASMECA platform, at the ENSTA Bretagne campus, are also used by students for applied projects.
In addition, every year hydrodynamics study days are organized at the DGA Techniques hydrodynamiques center and throughout the year at Ifremer's test tanks, situated only a few kilometers from the campus, as part of joint scientific programs. 

Deeply invested in developing the maritime sector

In addition to the teaching programs and research on offer, ENSTA Bretagne contributes to the development of the maritime sector by injecting its expertise into numerous networks: as a board member of the Pôle Mer Bretagne-Atlantique, a globally-oriented competitiveness cluster, and as a member of GICAN, the French Maritime Cluster (CMF), the Institut Français de la Mer (IFM) and the business network Bretagne Pôle Naval.

The Program
ENSTA Bretagne : Formation Architecture Navale
General Engineering program, Naval and Offshore Architecture major
  • Learn more about the Naval and Offshore Architecture major offered in our general engineering program (equivalent to an MSc in Engineering): a 3-year syllabus for BSc or equivalent graduates, or a 2-year program for 1st-year Master's graduates
  • Admission
Co-operative engineering program, Naval and Offshore Architecture major
  • Learn more about the "Naval and Offshore Architecture" major
  • Admission: International students wishing to apply to this program must provide documentation proving that they have completed one year of full-time higher education in France.
Master in Marine Engineering
  • Learn more about this Master in Marine Engineering (equivalent to an MSc): a 2-year program for BSc or equivalent graduates
  • Admission
Advanced Master in Marine Engineering/Naval and Offshore Architecture
  • Learn more about this advanced master : a 1-year program for MSc graduates (or BSc graduates with several years of professional experience) 
  • Admission
PhD Program
  • a 3-year program for MSc degree holders

There are also many opportunities in the naval sector open to students studying information and communications technology.

ENSTA Bretagne : Architecture Navale
Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (IRDL)

Ce laboratoire est une unité mixte de recherche du CNRS. L’IRDL réunit les équipes de recherche en sciences mécaniques de l’Université de Bretagne Sud, d’ENSTA Bretagne, de l’Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), et de l’ENIB. A l’échelle nationale, ce laboratoire se distingue par son volet maritime.

Les équipes ENSTA Bretagne sont plus particulièrement impliquées dans 3 pôles thématiques de recherche.

Thématique "Structures, fluides et interactions"

The mechanics research teams at ENSTA Bretagne form an integral component of IRDL (UMR 6027): the leading research center in marine mechanical systems based in Brittany. It brings together teams from ENSTA Bretagne, Université Bretagne Sud, ENIB, UBO and CNRS. 

Research topic "Assemblages multi-matériaux"

Assembler des matériaux de natures différentes, par des moyens innovants, pour des durées de vie plus longues en environnements sévères, comme le milieu marin.

Research topic "Comportement et durabilité des matériaux"

La fatigue et la durabilité des matériaux et des structures en service, notamment en environnement marin, constituent également des thèmes phare de recherche.

Research projects

L’ENSTA Bretagne contribue à de nombreux projets nationaux et internationaux visant des navires plus propres, fiables, économes et intelligents.

C’est le cas par exemple du projet "BeyondThe Sea" soutenu par l’ADEME qui vise la traction de grands navires par kite (cerf-volants) afin de réduire l'empreinte environnementale du transport maritime.

Le projet ANR ASTRID « APPHY » permettra un gain de précision en calcul de structures afin d'alléger le poids du navire tout en rallongeant sa durée de vie grâce à l'intégration de modèles d'évaluation des contraintes liées à la houle.

Le projet E-panema financé par l’ADEME au titre des Investissements d’avenir « navire du futur » vise l’intégration de technologies innovantes (moyens électromagnétiques, capteurs…)  afin d’accroître la sécurité et l’efficacité des navires. Il fait intervenir les équipes en sciences et technologies de l'information et de la communication intégrée au sein du Lab-STICC.


Jean-Marc Laurens
Research Professor
Head of the ‘Naval and Offshore Architecture’ Teaching Program
‘Structures, Fluids and Interactions’ Team, IRDL Laboratory


Sylvain Calloch
Assistant Director, Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (IRDL)
+33 (0)2 98 34 87 23
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