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The university of Caen Normandy offers two-to five-year degree programmes in four major fields of study and 36 doctoral specialties. The courses up to the master’s degree level are held by 12 university departments.

Study plan

Degree programs taught in English

  • Nuclear Physics: NucPhys
  • Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management: COMEM+
  • Mathematics and Computer Science: MINMACS
  • Chemistry:  XL CHEM
  • Materials and Energy Sciences: EMC
  • Nuclear Physics: N2P

You can find a list of all UNICAEN degrees taught in english on the Campus France online catalog, Taughtie.

Our national diplomas

National diplomas are accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education. They are governed by decrees and correspond to standards in force at European level. Their structure and names are laid down in national regulations, which give their holders the same rights regardless of the institution awarding them.

The University Bachelor of Technology is prepared after the baccalauréat in 3 years at a University Institute of Technology (IUT). It leads to the degree of Licence. However, a DUT is awarded after the first two years. With the BUT, students continue to benefit from university and technological teaching supervised by experienced mixed teaching teams. The syllabus is still based around work experience, with periods spent in companies as work placements or as part of a sandwich course.

The licence is a diploma that enables students to acquire subject-specific, pre-professional, linguistic and cross-disciplinary skills. The licence is prepared in 3 years after the baccalauréat. It consists of 6 semesters, each divided into teaching units (UE). When a student validates the knowledge acquired in a UE, the university awards him/her credits that can be capitalised and transferred. One semester corresponds to 30 credits (ECTS). A Bachelor’s degree is therefore equivalent to 180 ECTS.

The teaching of at least one modern language is compulsory, but each student creates their own pathway and makes their choices as they progress through the university.

It is prepared within a Training and Research Unit (UFR) or an Institute. The bachelor’s degree comprises 20 to 30 hours of classes per week, combining lectures, tutorials and/or practical work, and possibly an internship. Bachelor’s degrees are multi-disciplinary and based on progressive specialisation to enable students to find their bearings and develop their career plans. Students can personalise their course of study by choosing to continue their studies in the same degree field, in another field in the same portal, or in another field in another portal. At the end of the 2nd year of the bachelor’s degree, students can apply for a professional bachelor’s degree, with a view to entering the job market at bac +3 level. If the student is aiming for 5 years’ higher education, the general bachelor’s degree allows them to apply to continue their studies at master’s level.

The professional degree is prepared in 1 year (2 semesters). Selective access to the professional degree is based on a portfolio and/or interview. It is open to holders of a French or foreign Bac+2 diploma, i.e. 120 ECTS (L2, BTS, BUT2) or validation of prior learning.

It enables students who so wish to rapidly acquire a professional qualification that meets clearly identified needs and professions. The course is structured around theoretical and practical teaching and the learning of methods with the participation of professionals. It includes a compulsory 12- to 16-week work placement.

The Master’s degree is accessible after a bachelor’s degree or any other French or foreign diploma corresponding to 180 ECTS. The Master’s degree consists of 4 semesters, organised in the same way as the bachelor’s degree.

It leads to the acquisition of 120 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, and awards a diploma at bac+5 level. It enables students to enter the world of work or can be a first step towards doctoral studies. Access to the first year of the Master’s programme is selective. Admission criteria and capacity are defined by each university.

Access to the doctorate is after a Master’s degree.

The doctorate is prepared over three years in one of the doctoral schools at the University of Caen Normandy, within a research unit and under the responsibility of a thesis director. The doctoral programme provides training in and through research, as well as professional research experience. It leads to the production of new knowledge and culminates in the award of the national doctoral diploma. This diploma, prepared at the University of Caen Normandy and awarded by Normandie Université, confers on its holder the grade and title of doctor.

At the University of Caen Normandy, you can also prepare for the following degrees:

Our school diplomas

Unlike national diplomas, which are awarded on behalf of the Ministry, university or inter-university diplomas are awarded by a university or in partnership with several institutions. They are created by the university to complement the national training offer, particularly in the field of vocational training. These diplomas are regularly assessed by the University Life and Training Committee and the University Board of Governors.

Graduate schools

A graduate school brings together master’s and doctorate courses supported by top-level research laboratories specialising in a particular subject. It also involves different educational establishments…