Master E-PiCo (Electric Vehicle Propulsion and Control)


Program Description


E-PiCo-Electrical Vehicle Propulsion and Control

The Joint Master's program E-PiCo has been successfully selected under the European Programmes of Excellence: through the Erasmus Mundus Programme.

E-Pico is a 2-year Joint Master program implemented and fully supported by 4 major European Higher Education Institutions:

  • Ecole Centrale de Nantes, (ECN - Coordinator), France
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU) zu Kiel / Kiel University, Germany
  • Università degli Studi dell’Aquila (UAQ), Italy
  • Universitatea Politehnica din Bucuresti (UPB), Romania

Moreover, Ecole de Technologie Supérieure (Canada), CINVESTEAV (Mexico) and Wuhan University (China), participate in the program as associate partners where students can spend their last semester for the Master Thesis (S4). Airbus, Renault Groupe, IAV GmbH, Honda, Modis Pure Power Control (2PC), Digipower and Tkne are the major industrial corporations involved in E-PiCo.

E-PiCo offers useful and necessary multidisciplinary topics in the e-mobility field and E-PiCo will provide technical and scientific solutions to the issue of fossil consumption and greenhouse gas emission. It is devised to train students in the field of e-mobility in order to have them work towards ecological transition.
It is directly applicable to the industry by training future electric propulsion system, expert graduates.

Through lectures by reputable researchers, practical work on the latest experimental platforms, sessions with industrial specialists, annual workshops, E-PiCo students acquire the most advanced knowledge that will prepare them for the upcoming challenges in e-mobility.

The language of instruction is English across the two years.

Mobility Scheme

The program of study lasts 2 academic years (120 ECTS) split into four equally loaded semesters.

E-PiCo student mobility paths will take place in minimum 2 EU countries, and possibly in 3 EU countries for the first 3 semesters.
For the 4th semester, the E-PiCo students may move to partner countries considering the EACEA regulations for Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders or to an industrial partner is possible.


First semester (30 ECTS) in Centrale Nantes

The aim of the first semester in Ecole Centrale Nantes is to provide the students with a solid interdisciplinary background across the main areas of automatic control and electric vehicles:

  • Control System
  • Statistical Signal Processing and Estimation Theory
  • Fundamentals of Electric Vehicle Systems
  • Electric Vehicle Modeling and Simulation
  • Embedded Software Systems

Second Semester (30 ECTS) in one of the Partner institution

The aim of the second semester is to provide students with a solid background in electric vehicle components:

  • Electric Machines
  • Renewable Energy and Storage Systems
  • Design of Power Electronics Converters

Third Semester (30 ECTS) in any of the 4 Partner institutions

During the third Semester, more specialized courses are proposed. The program of this semester is based on the specific research strengths of the partner institutions (thus varying from partner to partner):

  • Energy Storage Systems (UPB)
  • Control of Electric Propulsion System (ECN)
  • Control in e-Mobility (CAU)
  • Embedded Systems and Communications in e-Mobility Systems (UAQ)

Fourth semester (30 ECTS)

The fourth semester is devoted to the Master Thesis.

Each student is jointly supervised by two advisors from two different institutions. The research topic can be supervised and located in the R&D department of an industrial institution.


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Erasmus+ EMJMD Scholarships are available and can be offered to students from any region of the world.

They include:

  • Contribution to participation costs
  • Contribution to travel and installation costs
  • Contribution to subsistence costs

Consortium scholarships are also available for students applying as self-funded, as a reduction of tuition fees.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Founded in 1919, Centrale Nantes (ECN) is among the top higher education and research institutions in France in Science & Engineering. Its purpose is to develop top-level scientists & engineer ... Read More

Founded in 1919, Centrale Nantes (ECN) is among the top higher education and research institutions in France in Science & Engineering. Its purpose is to develop top-level scientists & engineers in multidisciplinary and specific fields from 2150 students per year in engineering track (5 years), Master Degrees and PhDs. International development is at the heart of the strategic policy of Centrale Nantes: 100% of its engineering students are going abroad and 30% of the campus population is international. Read less