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Training at ENSCL

The National Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille (École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, ENSCL) was founded in 1894 as the Chemistry Institute in the Lille Faculty of Science (Institut de Chimie de la Faculté des Sciences de Lille).
It is a public institution of higher learning supervised by the Ministry of National Education and Research and authorised to award the ENSCL MSc in Chemistry and Engineering Chemistry recognised by the French Engineering Accreditation Commission.

ENSCL is a member of the Gay-Lussac Federation that groups 19 Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Schools.

Like in every French Graduate School, the duration of the studies is 3 years, after 2 or 3 years of preparation (intensive undergraduate preparatory program in maths/physics and chemistry


ENSCL courses in the engineering curriculum aim at training engineers with a good understanding not only of chemistry and physical chemistry, but also chemical engineering and engineering sciences, so they are able to quickly adapt to different aspects of the engineering profession in a chemical, parachemical or metallurgical company.

Students gradually learn about their future engineering profession through courses in economic sciences and management, conferences and plant visits. At the end of their study programme they complete a project, most often in an industrial setting.

Course of studies
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During the first year (semesters S5-S6), you will consolidate your fundamental knowledge andthe basic practices of chemistry, physical chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, analytical chemistry, as well as inorganic and organic chemistry.

The second year (semesters S7-S8) focuses on the applied aspects of chemistry : organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, solid-state chemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering. Practicals, some of which are genuine mini-projects, will allow you to familiarise yourself with a scientific approach and to take initiatives.

For semester S8, you will choose a field of study : Molecules or Materials.

New !

The area of specialization « bioprocess, pharmacochemistry, environment » is now replaced by : « Sustainable Chemistry and Processes for Industry »
It focusses on three aspects : 

  • Chemistry and biomass, and its valorisation by catalysis, biotechnologies,...
  • Clean processes (bioreactors, catalytic reactors, green plasturgy...)
  • Environment (Industrial gaseous effluents , water and contaminated soils treatments and recycling/recovery of waste
Download the programme of the new aera of specialisation

The third year
(semesters S9-S10) offers you three areas of specialisation :
  • Sustainable Chemistry and processes for next generation chemistry,
  • Formulation Chemistry,
  • Materials science/metallurgy

It is possible to take your third year abroad (80 partnership universities) ; or take an option in another school in the FGL ; or take a double degree abroad (at one of the 8 partner institutions) or with the IFP School (Graduate School of the French Petroleum Institute).

Chimie-Lille is also authorised to award two Specialised Masters in Drug Design. This programme is open to students who are graduate engineers or have completed a Baccalaureate + 5 years of university.

The school offers Masters Degrees in the following specialities :

  • Masters in Chemistry and Engineering Formulation as a joint degree with Université Lille1
  • Masters in Catalysis and Processes as a joint degree with the Ecole Centrale in Lille, IFP School and Université Lille1
  • Masters in Organic Chemistry as a joint degree with Université Lille1
  • Masters in Advanced Materials as a joint degree with Université Lille1
  • Masters in Engineering of the polymer systems as a joint degree with Université Lille1
  • Masters in Chemistry, energy, environment as a joint degree with Université Lille1

Admission and registration conditions

  • Applicants to the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille must have completed at least two years of full-time studies after obtaining the baccalaureate
  • Other students are selected based on having obtained a University Degree in Chemistry
  • Integrated Preparatory Course students from the Gay-Lussac Federation (CPI-Lille, CPI Clermont and CPI-Rennes) are selected based on the results of their continuous reviews.
  • Students with a degree obtained in France or abroad after four years of successful university with a major in Chemistry can be admitted directly into the second year based on an examination of their academic records.
  • Exchange foreign students may take courses in one year of the programme, create a programme comprised of modules chosen among the courses offered in several years or do a placement in a laboratory or in industry.
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Language instruction constitutes one of Chimie-Lille’s strengths : English and German/ or spanish are mandatory, Japanese is optional and several other languages are possible as part of agreements with other teaching institutions. A third year abroad is encouraged. In this respect, Chimie-Lille has established many relations with institutions in the European Union (LEONARDO programmes) and the rest of the world. The participation of foreign students in the programme is also highly encouraged. (international students)


The School and the University of Science and Technology encourage their students to practise sports, without forgetting to promote competition. Sport is obligatory in the first year of the engineering programme.

To this end, they offer through a major Physical and Sporting Activities University Service the means to participate in several physical activities (soccer, rugby, basketball, volleyball, handball, field hockey, track and field, cross-country, tennis, etc.). The Sports Office (BDS) is another tool that students can use to promote the practise of sports at all levels.


  • Student Office (BDE)

The purpose of the association is to represent its members, improve students’ working conditions, organise leisure activities for its members and an annual prestigious dinner, participate in student events and establish close ties with the School, students and former students (getting each student sponsored by a former student).

  • ENSCL Activities Association

This association was created in 1983 and is governed legally by the 1st of July 1901 french law as a non-profit association. It is managed by students that make their skills and the School’s state-of-art equipment available to companies.

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