MSc in Information Technologies - Track in Architecture and Engineering for the Internet of Things (AEIOT)


Program Description

This MSc program is aimed at future experts for the design and engineering of networks with a wide field of applications and a focus on IoT. The class requires a good level in programming in different languages (C++, python, javascript) to design IoT devices and connect them to specifically designed networks (Sigfox, LoRAWAN, 5G, etc.). This helps to understand the constrained nature of IoT devices. This course also allows understanding of how measurements can be transformed into valuable information that can be exploited by applications or cloud computing.

This master program also offers a gateway to Ph.D. studies.

The Master of Science in IT - specialization in Architecture and Engineering for the Internet of Things lasts 2 years referred to as M1 and M2. Both M1 and M2 are organized on our Brest campus. This master is accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and fully complies with the EHEA system.


Internet of Things (IoT) is the next revolution for the Internet. After the convergence with telephony, media distribution, the goal with IoT is to connect autonomous vehicle, manage the process in industry 4.0, pilot a city to reduce pollution or monitor elderly people. There is a vast area of applications.

Nevertheless, IoT is a big technical and business challenge, which implies an entire network protocol redesign to integrate constrained objects and limited radio connectivity. Security must be revisited to protect vital processes managed by IoT. Energy consumption must be taken into account to guaranty several years autonomy on batteries. Protocols must be also reshaped to reduce their footprint and therefore equipment cost. Last but not least, IoT must find its place in the value chain and the integration with current processes must be carefully defined.

All these challenges are currently discussed by the industry. As a major actor in standardization, security with the cybersecurity chair and a pioneer in Fab Labs, IMT Atlantique covers all the main skills to enlighten the IoT revolution.

Competencies Acquired

Thanks to IMT Atlantique's expertise in postgraduate education and research, high-level competencies are acquired not only in technical/scientific fields but also in team working, written and oral communication, innovation and project management.

Last but not least, the French language is also one of the competencies acquired, beneficial for working in France and other French-speaking countries or for French companies abroad.

Course Structure

This is a full-time, two-year course divided into four semesters:

First semester

  • Networking fundamentals
  • Introduction to data science
  • Basics of computer science
  • Mathematics & signal processing
  • Bibliographical study
  • Intercultural workshops
  • Intensive French language courses (6 hours per week)

Second semester

  • Networks: Architectures, protocols, IP networks, mobile networks, IoT
  • Computer science: software engineering and object-oriented programming, databases and information systems
  • An engineering project in working groups of 5 or 6, focused on acquiring project management experience and applying knowledge acquired in coursework
  • French language (3 hours per week)

Third semester

  • Cloud computing and big data
  • Software-defined networks
  • IPv6 for IoT
  • Intelligent network and services
  • IoT security
  • Services for communication networks
  • New network architectures
  • Networking research seminar
  • Architecture, access, and interfaces for cellular networks
  • Project: During this semester, students also work on a short project. This project, which can be either done individually or in pairs, may take different forms: software development; a bibliographical study of a research subject; participation in the design, setup or assessment of research testbeds, etc. For this project, students will work either with an industrial partner or with a research team from the Networks, Security & Multimedia department at IMT Atlantique
  • French language courses (3 hours per week)

Fourth semester

This semester is spent carrying out a development or research project in an industrial or academic laboratory in France or abroad.

Upon completion of the four semesters, students defend their Master Thesis.

Job Opportunities

  • Network solution designer
  • Network planner and designer
  • Network architect
  • Network project leader
  • Network integration leader
  • R&D engineer
  • Consulting expert
  • Researcher and Academic

Admission Requirements

The entry requirements include a first- class Bachelor’s degree or a four-year degree in one of the academic topics offered by the Master’s course. Candidates have to show an outstanding academic record for their application to be considered.

A solid background in mathematics is a necessary prerequisite, as well as sound knowledge of computer science.

Prior experience with the basics of computer networking and/or telecommunications, though recommended, is not mandatory.


Tuition fees for the full 2-year program:

  • €10,200
  • €5,200 (Europe and Erasmus zone)

Possible partial fee waivers


Scholarships are available depending on academic record and country of origin (companies, governments, embassies, etc.). It should be mentioned that internships are paid and cover living expenses during the last semester.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

IMT Atlantique is one of the best Graduate Engineering Schools in France. This institute of higher education and research was created through the merger of Telecom Bretagne and École des Mines Nantes ... Read More

IMT Atlantique is one of the best Graduate Engineering Schools in France. This institute of higher education and research was created through the merger of Telecom Bretagne and École des Mines Nantes in January 2017. Its goal is to combine digital technology, energy, and environment in order to transform society and industry, through education, research and innovation. It is located on 3 campuses in the Western part of France: Brest, Nantes and Rennes. Read less
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