Nantes University offers a new training model called Graduate Programmes which provides an integrated master-doctorate pathway: led by a unique academic team, and offers a continuous development of competencies over 5 years. We would like to provide programmes that not only give our students a chance to achieve their master’s degree after 2 years (and then pursue their career) but also, open higher opportunities for young researchers who want to develop their research projects at PhD level for another 3 years. Each programme is characterised by an academic content strongly linked to research on the themes of the best laboratories of Nantes Université, internationally recognised for the quality of their scientific work.
Having benefited from our excellent programmes, after master level as well as doctoral level, students could develop their career path in various sectors, from academic or private research to industrial expertise, in France or abroad.

Graduate programmes at Nantes Université

  • Graduate programme Light, Molecule and Material (Lumomat): master programme | PhD programme
  • Graduate programme Earth, Planetary Sciences (EPS): master programme | PhD programme
  • Graduate programme Regenerative Medicine (M4R): master programme | PhD programme
  • Graduate programme Cardiovascular Research: master programme | PhD programme
  • Graduate programme Immunology and Immuno-intervention: master programme | PhD programme
  • Graduate programme Oncology, Hematology and Nuclear Medicine: master programme | PhD programme
  • Graduate programme Microbiota, Gut-brain, Food and Health (MICAS): master programme | PhD programme
  • Graduate programme Innovative Materials and Energy Systems (E-Mat): master programme | PhD programme
  • Graduate programme Smart Computing : master programme | PhD programme

Highlights of our programmes

  • From the Master's level onwards, you benefit from enhanced training through research that will be supported by exceptional and internationally recognized laboratories: participation in scientific projects, links with GP doctoral students, invitations to seminars and conferences of research units, etc.
  • Our programmes offer a strong international outlook (hosting foreign students, opportunities for internship or study mobility), intersectoral (company speakers, case studies, etc.) and interdisciplinary (projects with students from other programs, for example)
  • We have an academic team consisting of experts, professors and researchers in their particular field
  • Courses will be taught in English to boost your language skills
  • Teaching methods will give you more autonomy: choice of modules, supervised projects in small groups, interdisciplinary workshops, etc.
  • You will be supervised by the same team of professors and researchers in the master's and doctoral programmes, and you will have a researcher or a professor in the domain of your research to discuss your course and prepare your future
  • The programmes will create a closer link between master’s students and PhD students
  • You will have a chance to experience a multi-cultures and diverse environment

How does it work and what can you do afterwards?

A student can enter a Graduate Program either at the Master's level or at the PhD level. After the first two years, the student who has obtained the master's degree can continue to apply for a doctorate or pursue other career paths.
Environ 30% des étudiants ayant suivi les 2 premières années du Graduate programme poursuivent ce Graduate programme en doctorat (taux variable selon les GP).

Et après ?

Vous pouvez arrêter le Graduate programme après l’obtention du master, ou bien candidater pour une poursuite en doctorat.

Career opportunities with Graduate Programmes

After master level:

Each of our programmes will help you acquire various competencies in order to succeed in your career development such as being able to design a more complex material or being able to develop an experiment in health biology, etc. These are the skills and the practical experiences that you will gain during the time working closely with your supervisors and in our laboratories. Your profile will be very interesting to companies in many industrial sectors.
Our academic team and our professors will be always near to provide the best advice for your career.

After PhD level:

Students will achieve the same skills that have been listed in the Master’s level but at an advanced level. In addition, PhD level allows people to develop their teaching and management skills, especially in the international environment.


Les Graduate programmes sont des programmes sélectifs, tant pour l’entrée en master que pour l’entrée en doctorat.

Academic requirement:

Candidates are expected to have an excellent academic record, an interest in scientific research and a willingness to actively engage in their study.
Our objective is to select outstanding candidates who have a good level of mind-set, reflection or experiences to be able to follow our programmes and adapt rapidly. Each graduate programme will have their own requirements. Please find more details in the specific programme above.

Language requirement:

Most of our graduate programmes will be taught in English; therefore, a good level of English will be required (Ielt,Toefle iBT). Pease find more details in a specific programme
Students who has graduated from a university in an English-speaking country
In addition to these principles, the academic team of each graduate programme has defined its specific requirements.

Application procedure

The application procedure for master levels and doctorate levels are specified in each programme description.

For students that do not live in France, we would like to highlight some of important information:
  • Countries that are part of the Campus France procedure, please note that the inscription will be opened from 1st October to 31st December of the year before the entry year. (Ex: Inscription period from 01/10/2021 to 31/12/2022 for the entry date on 01/09/2023). For more information please access to these links or Nantes Université – CEF procedure
  • Countries that do not use the Campus France procedure (including EU countries), please follow our VAEE procedure
  • For students who have French nationality or resident in France, please follow the procedure guideline