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Université de Lille & Centrale Lille Institut



The University of Lille is a multi-disciplinary university of Excellency based in the north of Europe. The University can count on an exceptional cultural and scientific patrimony inscribed in the Hauts de France region.

The University of Lille is one of the main actor in the region in terms of formation, research and innovation.

Over the past years, the University of Lille has increasingly placed its international outlook at the heart of its administration, academic programmes and research. As the laureate in 2017 of a vast national program to fund academic excellence (I-SITE), the University of Lille is committed to organizing its international programmes around selected research strands, international student recruitment methods and high-quality international partnerships.



Four engineering schools, 17 master's courses, six of which are taught entirely in English, a PhD, seven research laboratories: for more than 160 years, Centrale Lille has been training high-level engineers and researchers.

Our ambition is developing skills and supporting the emergence of talents of each of its students and staff.

The institution first trains engineers thanks to its four internal schools: the Ecole Centrale de Lille for general training, the ENSCL for the training of chemical engineers, the ITEEM for the training of engineers managers entrepreneurs and the IG2I, for the training of engineers in computer and industrial engineering. Centrale Lille aims to meet the needs of companies by preparing professionals capable of working in a wide variety of environments and contributing to their economic development.


The university’s international ambition is put into practice through institutional networks and agreements, particularly within the European Universities Association (EUA), Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Institut des Amériques, the French-Dutch Network and Campus France, an organization established by the French government to promote French higher education abroad. It is also a member of several international student exchange programmes: the International Student Exchange Programs (around 60 different countries), the France-Quebec Inter university Cooperation Office, the Erasmus+ programme. It also collaborates with institutions in other countries through numerous bilateral agreements. It has also established structured partnerships with several consortia of universities.


ULille has 1,400 PhD students yearly working with the 44 research laboratories on campus, two-thirds of which are supported by the State CNRS. Areas of excellence include Electronics; Engineering and Computer Science, Materials, Bio production, Optics and Earth Sciences. Research at ULille is supported by Regional and National Committees (French Ministry of research and the CNRS) and by European Research Development projects. Some laboratories develop a European strategy by creating “joint European laboratories”.



The University of Lille houses 66 laboratories and research units covering all fields of study. The quality of its research has been widely recognized on the national level through the awarding of prestigious labels and funding: an I-SITE project, seven research facilities of excellence (EQUIPEX) and five laboratories of excellence (LABEX).

The university’s many research groups, networks and facilities contribute to effective multidisciplinary research, as well as to its valorisation via socio economic partnerships. These projects include an integrated cancer research site (SiricOncolille), an institute for energy transition (ITE) and a technology transfer group (SATT). The university belongs to a network including five technology parks and seven competitiveness clusters, which allows businesses and laboratories to collaborate on innovation in cutting-edge sectors.

The University of Lille has high-level research facilities covering a wide range of fields, information and technology sciences and health sciences (molecular and cellular imaging, biotherapy, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics, promotion of clinical knowledge development, medical imaging and visual sciences and cultures).

Research is also supported by joint research services, in physico-chemistry centre for analysis, the department of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and the department of mass spectrometry and of cytometry and cell sorting.



Centrale Lille plays an important role in innovation and research, at a local, national and international level. Our seven research laboratories carry out innovative projects, enriching scientific knowledge a little more every day and contributing to innovation within companies.

Centrale Lille’s researchers contribute to the work of 8 laboratories in Lille:

  • CRIStAL, UMR 9189, Centre de recherche en informatique, signal et automatique de Lille
  • IEMN, UMR 8520, Institut d’électronique, microélectronique et nanotechnologie
  • LMFL, FRE 2017, Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides de Lille – Kampé de Fériet
  • L2EP, EA 2697, Laboratoire d’électrotechnique et d’électronique de puissance de Lille
  • LaMCUBE, FRE 2016, Laboratoire de mécanique multiphysique, multiéchelle
  • PAUL PAINLEVE, UMR 8524, Laboratoire de mathématiques Paul Painlevé
  • UCCS, UMR 8181, Unité de catalyse et chimie du solide
  • UMET, UMR 8207, Unité matériaux et transformations

At an international level, our research is expressed, in particular, by our work within five associated international laboratories (LIA): LICS (France-Russia), CATSEC (France- India), CAT & P4BIO (France-Japan), LIA2MCIS (France-China) and the LIA “Energy and Environment (France-Brazil).

We base our research and industrial services namely on:

  • 4 equipment of excellence (EQUIPEX), which are projects financed within the framework of “Investments for the future” mechanisms: REALCAT (High throughput screening of catalysts), Leaf (Flexible electronics), Excelsior (Nanocharacterization), IrDIVE ( digital and interactive visual environments);
  • 11 technology centers and experimental platforms: Micro-Nanotechnology, Microwave Characterization, Telecom, MEMS-NEMS, Microfluidics, Optical metrology, Aerodynamic wind tunnels, X-ray microtomography, Braking, Foundry, distributed energy.

As a natural result, a range of masters and a PhD training are closely built along our research axes.

Centrale Lille’s offer includes masters co-accredited with the University of Lille, as well as 3 international master programs taught entirely in the English and which mainly recruit foreign students. Today, Centrale Lille offers 17 master tracks, 6 of which are entirely taught in English.

The PhD training proposed by Centrale Lille is related to 3 doctoral schools : MADIS DS (631), ENGSYS DS (632) and SMRE DS (104).

Indispensable for a career in Research or in Higher Education, a PhD is also one of the keys to a successful career in large international industrial groups.

Our varied and demanding training, our ambition and our strong involvement in innovation and research make Centrale Lille a major player in higher education and research.


  • 72 000 students
  • 6700 employees
  • 66 laboratories
  • An important choice of disciplines
  • 7 research facilities of excellence (EQUIPEX)
  • 5 laboratories of excellence (LABEX)