Academic curiculum

Academic curiculum

Academic curiculum

Acoutic and Instrumentation


 The car industry, aerospace industry, architecture, and transport are all natural research fields for improving acoustic quality.

  Good vibrations are music, bad vibrations are a source of inconvenience and discomfort.


Acoustics is the science of sound. The task of an acoustic engineer is to analyse, control, and reduce sound and vibration pollution, thus helping improve the quality of life. ENSIM’s Vibrations/ Acoustics course is for all scientists, be they musicians or not, who are passionately interested in sound and vibration phenomena. The close links between science and music are often used as a lever for introducing useful notions for engineers.


The syllabus at ENSIM is designed to deliver scientific expertise enabling students to master all the stages in the design process for acoustic and vibratory engineering.

 The main tools used in acoustics and vibration engineering are acoustic, vibratory, and vibro-acoustic metrology, digital modelling and simulation, data calibration, identification of signatures, diagnostics and decision-making, adjustment of active and passive control elements, and assessment and non-destructive testing (NDT).

Training in the VA option is based on the thirty years of experience of the Université du Maine’s Acoustics Laboratory, LAUM (French accreditation number CNRS 6613), the largest European laboratory in its field.


ENSIM VA graduates work in design, research and development, specialised consultancies, SMEs and major groups, as well as in research laboratories. Either working on their own or as part of a team, they supervise and set up innovative approaches and solutions to control sonic and vibratory fields. The disciplinary fields covered include automobile, aerospace, and railway acoustics, environmental acoustics, room acoustics, and musical acoustics.


In a period of miniaturisation and of technological challenges relating to the environment and sustainable development, information gathering and conditioning and decision-making are key issues for new technologies.


The SPMI option trains engineers with versatile skills in instrumentation, sensors, and measurement, specialising in micro-systems, acoustic micro-sensors, and acoustic, optical, and thermal sensors, providing them with the optical metrology tools required to characterise them. It provides skills for all those involved in the measuring process, from the physical process of information gathering, conditioning, and processing, through to decision-making.


The SPMI option is ideally suited to students passionate about advanced technology who are drawn to the world of the infinitely small and fascinated by the magical aspects of light and lasers. Students who are enthusiastic about the idea of making micro-systems will derive satisfaction from the ENSIM syllabus, as will those who wish to find out about the use of phototonic techniques for non-intrusive systems analysis. Everyone will be able to apprehend the behaviour of these devices via innovative technologies.


SPMI general engineers work in design, engineering, and research and development, as well as consultancy and manufacture, in all cutting-edge fields where sensors are essential for information gathering, such as the aerospace, automobile, and medical instrumentation industries, environment and sustainable development, industrial production, and process development and monitoring.

Computer Science


The new era launched by the rapid emergence of embedded electronic systems has led to the creation of autonomous devices with a high level of interaction with users.


Fields using electronic systems such as transport (planes, trains, and automobiles), home automation (smart houses), and industry, require extensive development of smart devices, embedded systems and software in networks, smart cards, and mobile telephones and data terminals. Equally, real-time systems are increasingly widespread in the control of ever more complex industrial systems. The ASTRE option develops cutting-edge skills to enable graduates to drive innovation in ever-changing real-time and embedded systems.


The ASTRE option trains versatile engineers with industrial IT skills, with a slant towards digital electronics, in embedded and/or real-time systems, signal processing, and network and mobile transmission networks.

ASTRE provides students with skills in the design and implementation of complex IT systems requiring the ability to simultaneously master networks, hardware architecture, and software architecture. Constraints in the fields relate to miniaturisation, reducing energy consumption, and managing the required level of flexibility.


ASTRE engineers work in a large number of fields such as industry (manufacture, imaging, robotics, etc.), transport (automobile, aerospace, and trains), multimedia (telecommunications, digital television, etc.), communication networks, and home automation.

These fields draw on skills in system design, engineering, research and development, consultancy, studies, and testing.


IT is all around us in our ever-changing digital society.

One of the challenges is to design easy-to-use, context-aware software.


Communication and IT are at the heart of our digital society. IT system design involves adapting software to user context. This necessitates a user-centred approach taking into account societal aspects and the evolution of IT systems. IPS training is intended for students who are mindful of this challenge, and both passionately interested in technological innovation and open to cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches.


The IPS option trains versatile IT engineers able to manage missions in analysis, design, development, and testing, involving technological, human, and social aspects. IPS provides students with skills in IT engineering, information systems, human-computer interaction, semiology, multimodal interaction, mobility, security, artificial intelligence, auditing, and engineering consultancy.


IPS engineers work in managerial roles in development, as IT project managers, software architects, and project management assistants, and in change management and consultancy.

Economic sectors include banking and insurance, transport, mobile telephony, distribution, agriculture and the environment, web and internet, multimedia, business services, and training programmes.

Teaching methods


The first three semesters (1st year and first half of the 2nd year) provide students with grounding in elements specific to engineering culture, enable them to acquire core scientific skills, as well as starting to prepare them for their subsequent specialisation. Engineering students encounter the world of work during a four- to ten-week placement as a worker or technician.

The next two semesters provide students with the specific technical knowledge for their chosen option. Students also perfect skills specific to engineering (management, quality, managing innovation, company culture, projects). During this part of their studies students may go on an industrial placement or else study abroad.

The last stage of study is a final six-month industrial placement enabling engineering students to familiarise themselves with the demands of their profession.


50% of supervised coursework is devoted to practicals (700 hours) and projects (300 hours). ENSIM also has an IT pool that is permanently open to students. Our teaching and industrial equipment includes thermographic cameras, a sonic reverberation measuring chamber, a wind turbine generator and generating set, a laser holography platform, a robotics project room, a controlled atmosphere micro-technology room, a language laboratory, an online learning platform, a tactile terminals room, peripherals with movement sensors, interactive whiteboards, and a humanoid robot.


For core syllabus taught modules (communication, company culture), practicals, and projects, coursework is designed to encourage students to work together.


The school is committed to ensuring students receive the correct supervision, with appropriate class sizes for taught classes (24 maximum) and practicals (12 maximum).

More flexible teaching and tutoring is available for specific purposes. From the beginning of their studies, students receive continuous support.


It is important for students to get involved in extra-curricular activities and find their place in the social life at the school. These social life and interaction projects are set up on the initiative of students and create a close-knit school community. They promote relations between year-groups and specialisations, and enable students to get involved in outside activities together. They can be included within the annual assessment for the attribution of additional marks.


ENSIM is at the heart of the campus and students can make the most of all the shared facilities the Université du Maine has to offer, such as its university library, electronic learning systems, cultural and sporting activities, student clubs, and medical and social services.

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