This international Master's program combines studies and research based on transfers, fluids, and materials in aeronautical and space applications.

Program factsheet

  • Cooperation: University of Bordeaux (UBx), Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) (Germany) and Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) (Belgium).
  • Admission requirements: Hold a Bachelor's degree in the fields of Engineering, Sciences and/or Technology. Students must provide strong academic records within the domain of sciences, particularly in solid and fluid mechanics, thermal sciences, thermodynamics, and material sciences.
  • Program duration: 2 years (4 semesters, 120 ECTS).
  • Language requirements: Courses are taught in English.
    • TOEFL, a minimum of 550, 213 or 79 points respectively for paper-based, computerbased and Internet-based.
    • IELTS test at least 6.0 (out of a total of 9).
  • Level: Master's degree.
  • Participation fees: Students pay common participation fees that cover the national enrolment fees and services of each partner university. First-year: 1,500€ for all students. Second-year: 2,000€ for all students.

Program outline

The TFM-ASA program combines studies and research based on aerodynamics, thermodynamics, compressible flows, turbulence, propulsion, combustion, turbomachinery, material science, to name a few. These themes are all directly connected with technical and fundamental studies as well as with aircraft, spacecraft, drone issues, etc. The program is jointly managed by three academic European partners (France, Germany, and Belgium) together with the support and expertise of:

  • Bordeaux / France: Industrial partners such as IRT St Exupery (Technological Research Institute), BAAS Society (Bordeaux Aquitaine Aéronautique et Spatial) and Aerospace Valley. Leading research laboratories, strongly involved in the aeronautic field such as I2M, LCTS, IMB (UBx).
  • Louvain-la-Neuve / Belgium: Applied Research Center CENEARO. Research Laboratories: IMMC (UCL).
  • Cottbus-Senftenberg / Germany: Closed collaborations with space agencies (ESA, DLR), ROLLS ROYCE, MTU Aero Engines. Research Laboratory: CFTM² at BTU

These industrial partners provide specialized classes and internships to the program, thus providing the students with an overview of the actual issues faced by companies today. The result is a top-quality, highly-renowned international Master's degree that meets the 120 ECTS syllabus requirements and corresponds with current job market criteria.

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Program structure

All students follow the same curriculum with some optional courses. The program is organized as follows:

Semester 1 to 4: Content

Semester 1: UBx: Material Science and Structures (30 ECTS)

  • Simulation and design of structures (9 ECTS)
  • Continuum mechanics and finite element method applied to solid mechanics (6 ECTS)
  • Fatigue and fracture (3 ECTS)
  • Materials and aeronautical structures (6 ECTS)
  • Non-destructive evaluation for aerospace applications (3 ECTS)
  • Assembly-bonding (3 ECTS)

Semester 2: UCL (30 ECTS)

(4 mandatory courses out of 6)

  • Internal combustion engines (5 ECTS)
  • Aerodynamics of external flows (5 ECTS)
  • Fluid compressors (5 ECTS)
  • Numerical methods in fluid mechanics (5 ECTS)
  • Quality management and control (5 ECTS)
  • Gas dynamics and reacting flows (5 ECTS)
  • Optional Courses: Advanced Numerical Methods, Calculation of Planar Structures, Aerodynamics of External Flows, Thermodynamics of Irreversible Phenomena, Plasticity and Metal Forming

Semester 3: BTU: Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer (30 ECTS)

(3 mandatory courses out of 5)

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (6 ECTS)
  • Engineering acoustics - sound fields (6 ECTS)
  • Modeling of turbulence (6 ECTS)
  • Thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer (6 ECTS)
  • Flow measurements (6 ECTS)
  • Two additional modules should be chosen with the following requirements:
    • One module of the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, aerospace engineering, materials science, aerospace.
    • One module in the subjects of physics, mathematics or computer science

Semester 4: Master thesis linked to the internship within a laboratory or a company.

Strengths of this Master's program?

  • An international program taught by experts (academics and industrial partners) from three different universities in Europe.
  • Joint French/German and Belgian Master degree.
  • International mobility period in the partner countries (2 semesters).
  • Close collaboration with industrial partners and research institutes with a guarantee of intensive training periods.

After this Master's program?

After graduation, students may access career opportunities such as:

  • Engineers in companies/engineering departments of aeronautical and space sectors.
  • Continuing their studies as Ph.D. students and, after completion of their Ph.D., becoming postdoctoral researchers or assistant professors in universities or engineering schools.
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 22, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
2 years
1,500 EUR
first year - second year; € 2,000
Mar 12, 2020
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