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2nd cycle: Master's Degree

The second cycle consists of two years of specialization (120 credits) at the end of which students obtain one of the following degrees, according to the orientation chosen at the term of the 4th year of studies (1st year of the 2nd cycle):

  • Architectural Engineer
  • Engineer in Chemistry and Materials Sciences
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineer in Computer and Management Sciences (day classes in Mons and part-time in Charleroi)
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mining Engineer


    “Made in Polytech” education specificities

The Faculty of Engineering reformed its programmes, resulting in the following main features:

  • The acquisition of cross-disciplinary skills through the integration of project courses
  • The availability of “open credits”, allowing students to learn management or language skills, or the accreditation of experiential learning.

These programmes also aim at supporting student mobility within Europe.

Streams: specializations, focuses, options

    The education of master (2 years) aims to gradually deepen one of the great course fields of the engineer, to learn how to apply to design, produce or organize. These two years lead to specialized technical skills which are based on the research activities undertaken within the five Research centres of Faculté: Information technologies - Nanocomposite Polymer Materials - Risques Naturels and technological - Energie - Bio-systems. Thirteen masters at specializing field are proposed. The training given in Polytech respects the character general practitioner appreciated by industrial environments (personal placements and work in collaboration with companies), while allowing the student a first contact with the Research thanks to the scientific environment of the laboratories of the university.

Project-based education

The engineer's job requires cross-disciplinary skills such as scientific rigour , individual autonomy, the capacity to manage projects and to work in a team, as well as capacities of oral and written communication. To forge these skills, project work is integrated into the curriculum starting from the 2nd year. According to the chosen specialization, project work throughout the whole curriculum represents a volume of 22 to 48 credits (7 to 16% of the study programme). At master's degree level, projects are often associated with requests from an industry companies. It is also the case with the master thesis (TFE, 21 credits), where learning through and from research work is achieved. The corporate anchoring of projects and master theses, as well as an in-company training during the two years of the master's degree broaden the mind and enable a better understanding of engineering work in industry.

Elective courses called 'crédits d'ouverture'

    Opening credits constitute a margin of 10 credits left to the student's choice to enable him to open to social life, by taking not-technical subject matters or through accreditation of various activities. These credits are organized in modules of 5 credits each. Four types of modules are offered: language modules, management modules , various activity accreditation modules and technical modules.

    Language modules

    The training of English is compulsory in the Bachelor's years of study and, on successful completion, is marked by the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), a test recognized in the business world. At master's degree level, students are given the opportunity of learning an additional language. Two Dutch modules are offered, which aim at acquiring the CNaVT-certificate (Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal) at the term of the master's degree. Students can also combine a language module of the 1st year of the master's degree with a stay abroad or in Flanders with a 2nd year language module. This possibility is also available for German, Spanish and Dutch.

    Management modules

    Opening modules in management can also be selected. Five topics are covered:

  • human resources management,
  • project management,
  • production and maintenance management,
  • corporate management,
  • quality, safety, environment.

Students are also given the opportunity to follow a 10 credit module in entrepreneurship and activity creation set up by Maison de l’Entreprise and the Faculty of Economics and Management of UMONS, or a module in environmental management at UMONS.

    Accreditable activities

    Opening credits also allow to develop, for 5 credits, various activities enabling students to acquire additional skills. These activities include in particular supplementary in company placement, writing a master thesis in a research center, drafting and presenting a master thesis in English, stay abroad with the ERASMUS programme,…

Openness and awareness of other cultures and mobility

    The Faculty of Engineering has proved itself open to student mobility for many years. For the last 7 years, 165 students from Mons stayed abroad for periods spreading from four months and 2 years. In parallel, the Faculty hosted about 250 foreign students for a similar length of stay.

    Two ways are offered to mobility candidates :

  • The European Socrates/Erasmus programme allows students to stay 1 or 2 terms in another European institution. Bilateral agreements were signed with about fifty institutions. Other conventions allow stays of the same type outside the European except Communauty, in Swiss, Australian, American, Canadian and Japanese institutions.
  • A two years stay in partner school of the T.I.M.E.-network “Top Industrial Managers for Europe” gives access to a double degree from both the Faculty of Engineering and the home institution. Agreements were concluded with several French universities, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Politecnico de Milano and Technische Universität Wien. Each year, students acquire through this scheme the diploma of the ENSAE - École nationale supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace in Toulouse, an institution of worldwide reputation in the field of aeronautics.

  • New masters programmes will allow the Faculty to intensify international exchanges of its students and to attract even more foreign students to Mons.


Consult or download an extract of our general booklet “Masters in Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Mons”.