Master of Science and Technology in Complex Systems Engineering (MScT CSE)

This Master's program aims at answering the need for Global Engineers, trained at an international level, able to design, implement and manage “Complex Systems”. Two tracks, in Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, bring complementary expertise for urgent worldwide challenges.
MscT environnement

Type de diplôme



2 years


Biomedical Environment


Full time


Campus Marseille




Environmental, biological or human systems, which lie at the core of current major challenges, are “complex systems” whose overall behavior is controlled by the interactions of all its multiple elements.

Understanding, modeling and handling such systems require specific skills that students will acquire through the exceptional academic and applied training environment of this Master’s program. lt will provide you with a rich interdisciplinary educational experience in environmental or biomedical engineering and prepare you for a professional career in optimal conditions.

Beyond the wide academic knowledge gathered, you will also enrich yourselves with a broad range of experiences:

  • Labs/companies visits, seminars...
  • Soft-skills and management courses
  • Up to 10 months of work & research placements (projects, clinical/research/ company internships...)
  • A multicultural international experience in southern France & Learning the French language.

This Master aims at training bicultural engineers with strong and broad scientific & technical skills, coupled with solid experience in management, innovation & research.

National Diploma - Master's degree accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education

Complete Programme: Content 140 ECTS / 1150h / Full English Track

Our supports

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The MScT CSE of Centrale Méditerranée is a world-class research and higher education program, supported by the A*MIDEX label, the Aix-Marseille Initiative of Excellence.
Learn more about A*Midex here

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UNESCO Unitwin

The program has close ties with the Chaire UNESCO Unitwin 651, and promotes the Sustainable Development Goals, supporting prosperity while protecting the planet. Learn more about Unitwin 651 here


+ A full-time 2-year Master's program
+ 100% taught in English
+ Organized around major societal issues: Environmental Engineering (2E track) and Biomedical Engineering (BME track)
+ Courses are delivered on the Campus of Centrale Méditerranée in Marseille, and online.
+ The programme includes more than 8 months of internship in Laboratories or Companies, in France or abroad
+ Upon completion, students will get a French State Degree (National Master's Degree) recognized all over the world.

  • Small cohorts with solid scientific background, coming from all over the world, willing to learn sciences and management to impact the world.
  • High-level classes delivered by renowned professors, experts in their field of research. 
  • Diversified knowledge and activities: Sciences and management classes, research in Labs, internships in a Company (in France or worldwide), Intercultural and Languages courses, Conferences and Webinars, Students activities…
  • A dedicated team to ensure integration and connection within the School and its ecosystem: International Affairs, Career Department, Students Union and Alumni Association

Environmental Engineering (CSE 2E)

Environmental engineering is a branch of engineering that applies the principles of science and engineering to improve the natural environment. It involves the study of the interaction between the environment and various human activities, such as industrial processes, transportation, and construction, among others. Environmental engineers design and implement solutions to prevent, control, or remediate environmental problems, such as air and water pollution, waste management, and climate change. The goal of environmental engineering is to protect human health and the environment by promoting sustainable development practices that balance economic, social, and environmental factors.

The aim of environmental engineering is to provide sustainable solutions to environmental problems by applying scientific and engineering principles. The field has evolved over the years, and its focus has shifted from end-of-pipe solutions, such as pollution control and waste treatment, to more holistic approaches that address the root causes of environmental problems. The ultimate goal of environmental engineering is to create a sustainable future, where the natural environment is protected, and human activities are in harmony with nature. This includes promoting the use of renewable resources, reducing waste generation, improving energy efficiency, and minimizing the use of harmful chemicals. Additionally, environmental engineering also aims to promote social equity and justice, by ensuring that environmental risks and benefits are shared equitably among all members of society. Overall, the aim of environmental engineering is to achieve a balance between economic growth, social development, and environmental protection for the benefit of present and future generations.

Environmental engineers need a strong foundation in scientific competencies to be successful in their field. Here are some of the key scientific competencies that are required:

  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • Soil science
  • Environmental physics
  • Environmental biology
  • Data analysis and modeling

Environmental engineering requires a diverse set of skills that combine scientific and technical expertise with critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving abilities.

CSE 2E Syllabus

Biomedical engineering (CSE BME)

In a context of life expectancy increase, new pandemic threats, climate change and exhaustion of fossile resources, biotechnologies represent hope to address these crucial challenges. At the crossroads of engineering and life sciences, bioengineering brings a new paradigm as well as innovative solutions for issues on health, disability inclusion, sustainable production, reduction of the ecological footprint, or even innovative modes of power production.

Living matter is characterized by a high level of complexity that comes from its multiscale & dynamic organization. The Centrale Méditerranée Master's track in Biomedical engineering addresses such complexity of life and of major future challenges by covering a large number of topics related to biomedical engineering:

  • Multiphysics and multiscale tissues & systems modeling,
  • Quantitative imaging for diagnosis and therapy, imaging techniques & devices,
  • Bioinformatics/statistics, data science & machine learning, signal & image processing,
  • Material sciences and biomechanics, CAD & design of medical devices,
  • Biotechnologies, bioprocesses & chemical therapy.

CSE BME Syllabus



The Master of Sciences and Technology in Complex Systems Engineering is open to students and young professionals from all over the world. Diversity of cultural background and gender are valued. The master’s course is fully taught in English - B2 level (independent user) is required.

The Master’s programme is designed for undergraduate students with a strong background in sciences: licence/bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in physics, mechanics, applied mathematics, civil engineering, or engineering sciences.
Direct entry in M2 is possible with a validated M1 (60 ECTS) or relevant professional experience.

+ Engineer Students from Centrale Méditerranée can apply for the Master (M2) for their Césure (S7 / S8).

Application process & Schedule

Applications for the academic year 2023-2024 are open until May 1st, 2023.

The application process is organized in three stages:

  • Please download our application form, complete it and send it with supporting documents to
  • Your application will be examined by the teaching team, who will contact you as soon as possible.
  • If your application is preselected, an interview will be organized (face to face or via video conference).

Dual degree & exchange students

Engineer Students from Partner Universities can apply for the CSE Degreeor Credits via their home university. Check our International Network here

Apply via your Home University: Your nomination must be sent to
Your application will be processed through our international platform Mobility Online (access here). The code for the programme is Centrale Méditerranée – Master CSE.

Engineer Students from Cairo University with a 4 years Bachelor in Sciences from C.U: Apply to Centrale Méditerranée via the International Service of Cairo University. Your nomination must be sent to

Fees & Scholarships


  • European Students: 6 743 € / year*
  • Non-European Students: 10 270 € / year*
  • European students enrolled in or coming from either a member institution of the RMEI or a partner institution of Centrale Méditerranée with which an agreement has been signed: 50% discount on the European student rate
  • Non-European students enrolled in or coming from either a member institution of the RMEI or a partner institution of Centrale Méditerranée with which an agreement has been signed: 50% discount on the non-European student rate.

* indexed to the Master's tuition fees defined by ministerial decree + including additional modules in soft skills/management

Specific exemption for Centrale Méditerranée's preferred partners with whom an agreement is in force: one total exemption per course and per year (M1 and M2) for each partner, according to academic success criteria (based on the decision of the admissions committee).


  • TIGER Scholarships for academic excellence will be awarded to the best students.

To benefit from a TIGER Master's Excellence Scholarship is to benefit from financing (up to 10 000€ for one academic year), accommodation (reservation of a room in a CROUS residence) and a privileged welcome.

Eligibility: international students never enrolled in a higher education institution in France and not of French nationality
NB : Being awarded a TIGER scholarship does not exempt students from paying tuition fees when they register at Centrale Méditerannée.

For the 2023/2024 academic year, the application for the TIGER master's excellence scholarship is made automatically when you apply for the MScT CSE.

Career prospects
  • This Master's program is designed to provide students with high-level specialty knowledge and transferable skills to pursue careers in companies, global corporations or non-governmental organisations or for those interested by research to pursue their studies by a PhD.
  • This Master’s program aims at training project manager engineers capable of managing complex projects and teams.
  • Following the Environmental engineering Master’s program, typical careers involve the provision of high-quality environmental consulting services, performing research for complex planning and development projects, leading the definition and/or execution of environmental strategy, etc. Example of positions: engineer addressing air and water pollution monitoring, control and/or forecasting, landscaping for urban climate control, flood prevention, CFD for environmental/energy analysis, etc.
  • The Biomedical engineering Master’s program is designed for the main biomedical engineering specialities: biomechanics, medical imaging, biomedical instrumentation, orthopaedics, clinical engineering, etc. Your scientific & technical skills as well as those acquired in project management and change management will open up numerous employment opportunities, in particular in Research & Development engineering, consultant engineering, audit engineering, academic project engineering, and management.
Global experience

Centrale Méditerranée promotes the values of Excellence, Innovation and Responsibility, and belongs to the prestigious Groupe des Ecoles Centrales, the public reference in Engineering education in France and worldwide.
The School is involved in International Networks: TIME, RMEI and Gay Lussac, and contributes to the main International Programmes: Erasmus+, Brafitec.

MScT CSE students have access to the 7 laboratories of the school and all the collective facilities and events.

Up to 10 months of lab, clinical or company internships


olivier boiron

Olivier Boiron

Head of the MscT Complex Systems Engineering,
Environmental Engineering Track,
Director of International Relations,
UNESCO Unitwin 651 Chair holder.

Julien Fade

Julien Fade

Maître de conférence,
Directeur des programmes Graduate School,
Head of the MscT Complex Systems Engineering,
Biomedical Engineering Track,
Head of the Bioengineering S8 semester at ECM.



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