ENSTA Bretagne : Automobile

Vehicle Architecture

ENSTA Bretagne : projets étudiants ingénierie automobile

Our vehicle architecture courses offer a comprehensive approach to vehicles: vehicle design and architecture, engine and motor systems, vehicle dynamics, power transmission, system engineering, etc.

The programs and research conducted in relation to vehicles cover a broad spectrum: from everyday cars to the most innovative designs, from two-wheelers to the most sophisticated industrial vehicles (earthmoving and farming machinery, military vehicles, etc.). A large proportion of the methodologies developed can also be applied to the aeronautic industry.

The researchers in ENSTA Bretagne's Mechanical Science Department work on materials, assemblies and structures with a view to reducing vehicles' weight and environmental impact.
In information and communication science and technology, research work is also conducted on embedded intelligence, sensors, signal processing and human-machine interfaces. All these topics are fundamental building blocks for the development of autonomous vehicles.

Program strengths

Teaching and research with close ties to the automotive industry

Student projects, internships, applied research: automobile manufacturers and parts suppliers work closely with ENSTA Bretagne.  The school provides them with scientific insight, a broad range of engineering skills and draws upon their challenges to train the innovators of tomorrow.  

High-ranking international partners

Through partnerships with CTU in Prague, TU Chemnitz and HAN in Arnhem, ENSTA Bretagne offers an International Master in Automotive Engineering. Students on this 2-year program study at 2 different campuses and earn a double degree

Prizes and awards

Each year, our students majoring in vehicle architecture win awards in national and international competitions: Shell Eco-Marathon, SIA Trophy, NAE Challenge… 

A strong push for the automotive industry

ENSTA Bretagne contributes to the development of the French automotive industry as a board member of the ID4CAR competitiveness cluster. Through its research, it also takes part in the PSA Computational Mechanics OpenLab

Constant innovation boosted by extensive trial facilities

Our research programs are carried out within the framework of the IRDL laboratory (Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme, see Research section below).

Scientific advances are made through close collaboration with numerous businesses in the automotive industry. These results are validated using the extensive experimental facilities available on campus. What's more, these experimental initiatives offer students outstanding opportunities to implement applied projects.

The program
ENSTA Bretagne : formations en ingénierie automobile
"Diplôme d'ingénieur" (i.e. MSc in Eng) program, Vehicle Architecture major


Formation d'ingénieur spécialisé en Conception Mécanique - option Architecture de véhicules
Parcours de 4e année pour élèves Polytechniciens

Cette spécialité est offerte aux élèves Polytechniciens dans le cadre de leur 4e année.

International Master in Automotive Engineering


  • a 3-year program for MSc degree holders.
  • Enrollment in ENSTA Bretagne and affiliation with the UBL-SPI doctoral school and IRDL (Joint Research Center 6027 of the CNRS)
ENSTA Bretagne : les spécialisations du domaine mécanique
Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (IRDL)

Applied mechanical science studies in the automotive and land vehicles sector are conducted through this laboratory renowned for its original and ambitious scientific goals, and for its close ties with businesses.

Research topic: Material behavior and durability

ENSTA Bretagne lecturers’ fields of interest and research cover fatigue, resistance, deformation and more generally, the behavior of materials and structures in service.

This area of study is critical in validating the choices made to reduce vehicle weight, to reduce consumption and pollution.

  • Example of a thesis:  Predicting the thermo-oxydative degradation of elastomers for automobile antivibratories (Industrial partner: Vibracoustic)
Reasearch topic: Multi-material assemblies

Bonding, welding, additive manufacturing, sintering, assembling…the automobile sector never ceases to enhance its manufacturing processes in order to improve road, environmental and economic performance

  • Example of a thesis :Multi-scale characterization of the interfacial fracture of bonded assemblies for automobiles


Alain Poulhalec
Head of Vehicle Architecture


Yann Marco
Associate Professor
Head of Research for the Department of Mechanical Sciences
Behavior and Resistance of Materials” team, IRDL Laboratory
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