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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 “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 Chemical Engineering recognised by the French Engineering Accreditation Commission upon completion of the curriculum.

ENSCL is a member of the Gay-Lussac Federation that regroups 20 Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Schools.

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



ENSCL’s courses in the engineering curriculum aim to train engineers not only in chemistry and physical chemistry, but also in 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 future professions through courses in economic sciences and management, conferences and plant visits. At the end of their studies they complete an engineering project, most often in an industrial setting.

During the first year (semesters S5-S6), students consolidate their fundamental knowledge in the 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, allow students to familiarise themselves with the "scientific method" and learn to take initiatives.

For semester S8, Students choose one of the following 3 fields of study : "Biomass", "Chemical specialties and formulation" or "Materials science".

The third year (semesters S9-S10) offers students three areas of specialisation :

  • Sustainable Chemistry and process for next generation chemistry,
  • Formulation Chemistry,
  • Materials science/metallurgy

It is possible for students to take their third year abroad (60 partnership universities) ; or in another school in the FGL ; or pursue a double degree abroad (at one of the 4 partner institutions) or with the IFP School (at the French Petroleum Institute).

 The school offers Master Degrees in the following specialities :


Mandatory internships

Description of our internship program


Admission and registration conditions

  • Applicants to the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille must have completed at least two full years of higher education.
  • Students are selected based on their University Degree in Chemistryand upon review of their file.
  • Integrated Preparatory Course students from the Gay-Lussac Federation (CPI-Lille, CPI Clermont and CPI-Rennes) are selected based on their transcripts.
  • Students with a Chemistry or Chemistry related degree obtained in France or abroad after four successful university years can be admitted directly into the second year of our engineering program after examination of their academic records.
  • Foreign exchange students may follow one entire year of the program, pick and choose from modules found among the courses offered along the three years of the engineering program or complete a work placement in a public laboratory or in industry.



Language instruction constitutes one of ENSCL’s strengths as an engineering school : English and German/ or Spanish are mandatory, Japanese is optional and available within the school while several other languages can be taken by students as part of agreements with other teaching institutions. A third year abroad is not only offered but encouraged. To this regard, ENSCL has established many relationships with institutions in the European Union (LEONARDO programmes) and the rest of the world. Foreign students are also greatly appreciated within the engineering program (see international students).



ENSCL and the University of Science and Technology (Lille1) encourage all their students to exercise and sign up for sports both recreational and competitive. Physical education is obligatory in the first year of the engineering program.

To this end, we offer, with the help of a large Physical and Sporting Activities University Service (SUAPS) the means to participate in several physical activities, such as : soccer, rugby, basketball, volleyball, handball, field hockey, track and field, cross-country, tennis and many more. The Sports Office (BDS), run by students for students, is another tool that is used to promote sports within our structure for any level of play.

Student Associations

  • Student Office (BDE)

The purpose of this association, comprised of second year students, is to represent its members, improve students’ working conditions, organise leisure activities for the entire school, prepare an annual school gala, participate in student events and establish close ties to the administration, the students and the alumni.

  •  "Chimie Lille Études" Association

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