CPE Lyon Chemistry - Chemical Engineering course

CPE Lyon Chemistry - Chemical Engineering course

To access the programme of course units by semester, click here.

To access the programme of course units by subject, click here.

Sustainable development , green chemistry, the greenhouse effect, the ozone layer, nuclear industry and its safety, fossil and renewable fuels, micro-electronics and nanotechnologies, intelligent molecules, biomimetics…

Today chemical engineers have to meet many different challenges: creating, consuming, respecting, communicating and producing. It means:

  • Creating new molecules that are beneficial for man, but which are ethically sound (we can improve living things but there are rules that must be followed).
  • Consuming the planet’s resources with moderation, recycling.
  • Producing products and processes more quickly, more cheaply with the obligation of zero defects, zero pollution, zero risk.

Every year CPE Lyon trains 150 engineers in Chemistry - Chemical Engineering

The school provides student engineers with a complete education in organic and molecular chemistry, catalysis, analytical sciences, process engineering. Students decide on a speciality based on their tastes and aptitudes, choosing optional modules in year 4 and their option for year 5:

  • Among the majors offered at the school are: "Chemistry and processes applied to the environment", "Formulation and implementation of divided solids", "Life sciences and health", and from the start of the academic year 2008: "Process engineering".
  • Among the research Masters
  • Or in a partner institution in France or abroad.

CPE Lyon engineers are both multidisciplinary and specialists:
They have an overview of the disciplines of chemistry and extensive competencies that enable them to work in research and development, production etc.
They are also expert in their speciality working at the highest level in chemical industries, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors or going on to do research for a doctorate

More : Masters and doctorates

The description of the qualification “CPE Lyon graduate engineer in Chemistry – Process Engineering” appears on the French national professional certification register

More Details (in french)

This diploma is accessible through Recognition of Prior Learning (link to CPE Lyon website).

Download the presentation leaflet : CPE Lyon Chemistry – Chemical Engineering (in french)

European label for CPE Lyon Chemistry - Chemical Engineering course

At the beginning of 2008 CPE Lyon received the “EUROMASTER” label

This European label, managed by the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association ECTN, rewards the establishment for the quality of its chemistry education: the management, teachers and European organisation

The course programme

Download the whole detailed programme: Chemistry - Chemical engineering course (in french) 

You will find below the course programme for each semester (each year is split into 2 semesters) and for the subjects taught.

By clicking on the module or course unit, you will find a detailed description of the content of the module, the anticipated learning outcomes, the method of assessment etc.

The code identifying each description identifies :
- The discipline (1 = Chemistry, 2 = Electronics, 3 = common chemistry - electronics units, 4 = Computer science and communication networks),
- The semester,
- The field (subject),
- The number order in the field,
- And the type of unit (C for obligatory, SO for semi-optional, MAJ for majors, OPT for optional units).

Programme of course units, by semester

Year 3 (1st year of the engineer curriculum) - semester 5 30 ECTS
Molecular chemistry 16 ECTSDetails
Organic chemistry 1Details
Analytical sciences 13 ECTSDetails
Equilibria studies in solutionDetails
Analytical sciences 26 ECTSDetails
Molecular spectroscopy (UV, IR, MS and NMR)Details
Process engineering 13 ECTSDetails
Transport phenomena : fluid mechanics and dynamics Details
Physic and inorganic chemistry 1 3 ECTSDetails
Physical chemistry and inorganic chemistryDetails
Physic and inorganic chemistry 2 3 ECTSDetails
Thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and statical thermodynamicsDetails
Languages and international culture 13 ECTSDetails
English and one other chosen foreign languageDetails
Human, economic and social sciences 13 ECTSDetails
Ethics and social sciences (list of choices) - EconomyDetails
     
Year 3 (1st year of the engineer curriculum) - semester 6 30 ECTS
Molecular chemistry 2 6 ECTSDetails
Organic chemistry 2, biology and biochemistryDetails
Analytical sciences 3 3 ECTSDetails
Separation methods, applied to biochemistryDetails
Analytical sciences 43 ECTSDetails
Electrochemistry, corrosionDetails
Process engineering 23 ECTSDetails
Heat and mass transfer Details
Process engineering 33 ECTSDetails
Thermodynamics and process engineeringDetails
Applied mathematics and computer science 1 3 ECTSDetails
Mathematics, statistics and computer scienceDetails
Physic and inorganic chemistry 33 ECTSDetails
Organometallic chemistry 1, coordination chemistryDetails
Languages and international culture 23 ECTSDetails
English and one other chosen foreign languageDetails
Human, economic and social sciences 23 ECTSDetails
Entrepreneurship projectDetails
Industrial placement 15 ECTSDetails
Shop-floor work experience placement (1 month)Details
     
Year 4 (2nd year of the engineer curriculum) - semester 7 30 ECTS
Molecular chemistry 36 ECTSDetails
Organic chemistry 3, biochemistryDetails
Molecular chemistry 43 ECTSDetails
PolymersDetails
Analytical sciences 53 ECTSDetails
Atomic spectroscopy methodsDetails
Process engineering 46 ECTSDetails
Chemical kinetics, catalysis and ideal reactors Details
Process engineering 53 ECTSDetails
Processes involved in the production of solidsDetails
Languages and international culture 33 ECTSDetails
English and one other chosen foreign languageDetails
Human, economic and social sciences 33 ECTSDetails
ManagementDetails
Scientific semi-optional modules (series 1)
3 ECTSDetails
1 per series : 

- Applications of spectroscopic methods to organic synthesis

Details
- Analytical strategiesDetails
- Process simulation Details
     
Year 4 (2nd year of the engineer curriculum) - semester 8 30 ECTS
Process engineering 63 ECTSDetails
Safety, process industrialisation Details
Applied mathematics and computer science 2 3 ECTSDetails
Chemometrics and experimental designDetails
Physic and inorganic chemistry 43 ECTSDetails
Organometallic chemistry 2, orbital approachDetails
Languages and international culture 43 ECTSDetails
English and one other chosen foreign languageDetails
Project6 ECTSDetails
Scientific project year 4Details
Scientific semi-optional modules (series 2)3 ECTSDetails
1 per series : 
- Chemical synthesis strategiesDetails
- Polymer materials and macromolecular structureDetails
- Advanced NMR and MSDetails
- Advanced chemical reaction engineeringDetails
Scientific semi-optional modules (series 3)3 ECTSDetails
1 per series : 
- Medicinal chemistry and heterocyclesDetails
- Catalysis and sustainable developmentDetails
- Optical sensors for biomedical applicationsDetails
- Introduction to data analysisDetails
- The orbital approach in organic and organometallic chemistryDetails
- Chemometrics and experimental designDetails
- Micro-nanotechnologies and their applicationsDetails
- Sensors and InstrumentationDetails
Scientific semi-optional modules (series 4)3 ECTSDetails
1 per series : 
- Synthesis of biologically active moleculesDetails
- From the molecule to nanomaterialsDetails
- Introduction to formulation, cosmetologyDetails
- Nuclear chemistry, measurement, analysis and combustion cycleDetails
- Process controlDetails
- Surface characterisation and image processingDetails
Optional scientific modules (series 5)3 ECTSDetails
1 per series : 
- Organic chemistry of fluorine – Drug designDetails
- Advanced separative methods and speciationDetails
- Chemical reaction engineering for catalytic reactorsDetails
- Chemical engineering for polymerizationDetails
- Polyosides: structure, function and biotechnological applicationsDetails
Industrial placement 2:15 ECTSDetails
Industrial training placement (3 months)Details
     
Year 5 (3rd year of the engineer curriculum) - semester 9 30 ECTS
English and one other chosen foreign language3 ECTSDetails
English and one other chosen foreign languageDetails
Human, economic and social sciences 43 ECTSDetails
Marketing, patents, management, economic awarenessDetails
Human, economic and social sciences 53 ECTSDetails
Professional project and vocational training (list of choices)Details
1 scientific specialization at CPE Lyon21 ECTS 
1 from 4 : 
- Life sciences and health Details
- Formulation : manufacture of divided solids Details
- Environmental chemistry and engineeringDetails
Or Research Master M2 
Or Master Recherche M2Details on Master research and
Doctorat
     
Année 5 (3rd year of the engineer curriculum) - Semester 10 - 30 ECTS
Industrial placement 3 : 30 ECTSDetails
Final Year Project (6 months)Details

 

Programme of course units, by subject

COMMON CORE SCIENTIFIC MODULES
Molecular chemistry21 ECTS Details
Organic chemistry 16 ECTSSemester 5Details
Organic chemistry 2, biology and biochemistry6 ECTSSemester 6Details
Organic chemistry 3, biochemistry6 ECTSSemester 7Details
Polymers3 ECTSSemester 7Details
Analytical sciences 18 ECTS Details
Equilibria studies in solution3 ECTSSemester 5Details
Molecular spectroscopy (UV, IR, MS and NMR)6 ECTSSemester 5Details
Separation methods, applied to biochemistry3 ECTSSemester 6Details
Electrochemistry, corrosion3 ECTSSemester 6Details
Atomic spectroscopy methods3 ECTSSemester 7Details
Physic and inorganic chemistry12 ECTS Details
Physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry3 ECTSSemester 5Details
Thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and statical thermodynamics3 ECTSSemester 5Details
Organometallic chemistry 1, coordination chemistry3 ECTSSemester 6Details
Organometallic chemistry 2, orbital approach3 ECTSSemester 8Details
Process engineering21 ECTS Details
Transport phenomena : fluid mechanics and dynamics3 ECTSSemester 5Details
Heat and mass transfer 3 ECTSSemester 6Details
Thermodynamics and process engineering3 ECTSSemester 6Details
Chemical kinetics, catalysis and ideal reactors 6 ECTSSemester 7Details
Processes involved in the production of solids3 ECTSSemester 7Details
Safety, process industrialisation 3 ECTSSemester 8Details
Applied mathematics and computer science6 ECTS Details
Mathematics, statistics and computer science3 ECTSSemester 6Details
Chemometrics and experimental design3 ECTSSemester 8Details
Project6 ECTS Details
Scientific project year 46 ECTSSemester 8Details
    
SCIENTIFIC SEMI-OPTIONAL MODULES
Scientific modules year 415 ECTS Details
Scientific modules Series 1 :3 ECTSSemester 7Details
1 module per series 
- Applications of spectroscopic methods to organic synthesisDetails
- Analytical strategiesDetails
- Process simulationDetails
Series 2 : 3 ECTSSemester 8Details
1 module per series 
- Chemical synthesis strategiesDetails
- Polymer materials and macromolecular structureDetails
- Advanced NMR and MSDetails
- Advanced chemical reaction engineeringDetails
Scientific modules Serie 3 : 3 ECTSSemester 8Details
1 module per series 
- Medicinal chemistry and heterocyclesDetails
- Catalysis and sustainable developmentDetails
- Optical sensors for biomedical applicationsDetails
- Introduction to data analysisDetails
- The orbital approach in organic and organometallic chemistryDetails
- Microbiology - immunology - elements of genetic engineeringDetails
- Micro-nanotechnologies and their applicationsDetails
- Sensors and InstrumentationDetails
Scientific module Serie 43 ECTSSemester 8Details
1 module per series 
- Synthesis of biologically active moleculesDetails
- From the molecule to nanomaterialsDetails
- Introduction to formulation, cosmetologyDetails
- Nuclear chemistry, measurement, analysis and combustion cycleDetails
- Process ControlDetails
- Surface characterisation and image processingDetails
Scientific module Serie 53 ECTSSemester 8Details
1 module per series 
- Organic chemistry of fluorine – Drug designDetails
- Advanced separative methods and speciationDetails
- Chemical reaction engineering for catalytic reactorsDetails
- Chemical engineering for polymerizationDetails
- Polyosides: structure, function and biotechnological applicationsDetails
    
GENERAL TRAINING MODULES
Languages and international culture15 ECTS Details
Languages and international culture 13 ECTSSemester 5Details
Languages and international culture 23 ECTSSemester 6Details
Languages and international culture 33 ECTSSemester 7Details
Languages and international culture 43 ECTSSemester 8Details
Languages and international culture 53 ECTSSemester 9Details
Human, economic and social sciences 15 ECTS Details
Ethics and social sciences (list of choices) - Economy3 ECTSSemester 5Details
Entrepreneurship project3 ECTSSemester 6Details
Management3 ECTSSemester 7Details
Marketing, patents, management, economic awareness3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Professional project and vocational training (list of choices)3 ECTSSemester 9Details
    
5TH YEAR SCIENTIFIC SPECIALIZATIONS
Life sciences and health 21 ECTS Details
Enzymology3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Molecular biology and genetic engineering3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Immunology and diagnostics3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Fermentation and microbiological engineering. Corrosion3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Cell culture and microbiology. Safety and Environment.3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Analytical techniques and sensors; medicines and formulation6 ECTSSemester 9Details
Formulation : manufacture of divided solids 21 ECTS Details
Development of products in the solid form6 ECTSSemester 9Details
Dispersed media formulation6 ECTSSemester 9Details
Polymers in formulation3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Experimental research: chemometric tools3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Applied Formulation3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Environmental chemistry and engineering21 ECTS Details
Environmental awareness3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Industrial water effluent and gaseous emissions6 ECTSSemester 9Details
Industrial waste3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Environmental management and sustainable development3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Depollution processes - Project3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Environmental innovations - Social and environmental responsibility of companies3 ECTSSemester 9Details
Process engineering (new)21 ECTSSemester 9 
    
INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENTS
Industrial placements50 ECTS Details
Shop-floor work experience placement5 ECTSSemester 6Details
Industrial training placement15 ECTSSemester 8Details
Final Year Project30 ECTSSemester 10Details

For information about registration, go to the Admissions section : Admissions 

Years of study: change of terminology!


The establishment of the “European Higher Education Area” and the Bachelor Master Doctorate system (BMD) has meant we have changed the terminology: we now number the years of higher education study from the baccalaureate. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of the engineering course at CPE Lyon have therefore become: Year 3, year 4, and year 5.