If you want to kickstart your engineering career in France, this webinar will undoubtedly be useful for you.   

In this recording, IMT Lille Douai representatives talk about the school, two of its innovative Master of Science programs, and explain why going to France is a great way to launch your engineering career.

School strengths and expertise

Virginie Saudo, who is admissions coordinator for IMT Lille Douai Master’s programs, started off by introducing the school. Created by the merger of Mines Douai and Télécom Lille in 2017, IMT Lille Douai is the largest graduate school of engineering north of Paris.

IMT Lille Douai is part of Institut Mines-Télécom, which represents more than 12,000 students, making it a major player in the French education sector. IMT Lille Douai is also a partner of the university of Lille, the second largest university in France.

The school puts a premium on entrepreneurship and has a strong international business network. Its domains of excellence are digital sciences, energy and environment, and materials and processes.

Living in Hauts-de-France

Virginie then went on to explain what it is like to live Hauts-de-France, the northernmost region of the country. Lille is only one hour away by train, while London is one and a half hours away. In addition to being a startup and innovation hub, Hauts-de-France is known for the open-mindedness of its residents, Virginie said. 

Master’s programs that keep up with the times

Master of Science programs at the school last two years and include a six-month internship. The next intake is September 2021. Tuition fees amount to EUR 9000 a year.

MSc in Eco-Design and Advanced Composite Structures

From fall 2021, IMT Lille Douai is launching two new programs. The first one, MSc in Eco-Design and Advanced Composite Structures, was presented by Mylene Lagardere. The composite industry is on the rise right now. Composite materials help develop solutions to modern challenges such as the pursuit of lightness and performance.

During this MSc, the students will be made aware of the composite materials’ environmental impact and lifecycles. Those who graduate from the program can work as design managers, design directors, and development project managers etc.

MSc Advanced Design and Management of Durable Constructions

Mouhamadou Amar then presented some aspects of the Master of Science Advanced Design and Management of Durable Constructions. The program offers the opportunity to learn a new way of building, making use of innovative, bio-sourced and sustainable materials with a low impact on the environment. Graduates can work as directors, researcher, engineers, and, as Mouhamadou points out, pioneers.

Admission requirements and living costs

If you want to apply for one of these Master’s programs, you will need to hold a Bachelor’s degree and have good command of English. French skills are not required but desirable.

Housing costs vary between EUR 300 and EUR 550 depending on location and type of room. A meal at the university’s restaurants costs between EUR 3.25 and EUR 3.50. Living in Lille as a student will cost you between EUR 600 and EUR 700 a month.

Finance your studies

Virginie’s advice to those looking to finance their studies is to be “curious and tenacious” in your search for financial assistance. The French government offers scholarships, but so do some local authorities. 

If all this sounds good to you, listen to the recording to learn much more about the university, programs and life in northern France.