Advanced Master in Aeronautical and Space Structures – AES

Advanced Master in Aeronautical and Space Structures – AES

  • Advanced Master
  • Study field
    Aeronautics and Space Engineering
  • Institution
  • Teaching language



In an increasingly competitive international context, the research on innovative materials combined with optimization of calculation methods for structures, and their statistical, dynamic and thermal certification are major assets for industrial architects in the aircraft and spacecraft sectors.

The Aeronautical & Space Structures Advanced Master prepares engineers with a future career in design, research and development, certification, testing and qualification, in-depth, multi- disciplinary know-how in mechanical engineering applied to structures. This Master program is the European reference in the field.

The program aims to grow expertise in numerical calculation for the most advanced structures, knowledge in materials as well as an understanding of their interferences with the environment (in particular loads and fluid-structure interactions). The dynamics of flexible structures, modeling and active and passive structural control of complex elements are the core focus of this Master’s program.

The goal of the ADVANCED MASTERS ® program is to train specialists in the field of design, optimization and certification of light structures who have mastered methods of modeling and analysis of aircraft structures and space vehicles in the industrial context.


2 semesters

Program Start


Course details

Training content

Organization of the program:

The AES Advanced Master is a one-year program which is divided into 2 semesters.

First semester: courses delivered from September to March on the premises of ISAE by permanent ISAE-SUPAERO faculty and visiting lecturers from industry providing the latest industrial expertise including: lecture courses, design offices, lab work, numerical simulations, CAD, lab sessions, industrial visits.

Second semester: completion of a professional thesis in a company or a laboratory, in France or abroad for four to six months, validated by the thesis defense.

 Training program

Semester 1

Part 1 – Aerospace structures: methods & tools for engineering & dynamics

Flight dynamics: an introduction - Aerodynamics: an introduction - MATLAB standards - Structural dynamical control: an introduction - Structural shells-analysis & modeling - Advanced numerical models

Part 2 – Aerospace systems architecture

Aerodynamics loads - Aircraft structural loads - Architecture & structure of launch vehicles - Helicopters: architecture & design - Satellites: architecture & structures

Part 3 Aerospace structures: dynamics & physics

Finite elements: application to aeronautical structures - Flexible aircraft: dynamics & aeroelasticity - Dynamical active control of structures - Advanced computation of aircraft structures - Advanced structural dynamics

Part 4 – Aerospace programs & technologies

Aerospace materials: experimental approach - Aerospace materials: rheology & durability - Computer Assisted Design & Drawing - Commercial aircraft: strategies for design & innovative programs

Part 5 - Times project: Team Innovative Management for Evolved Strategies

Semester 2

Internship and professional thesis.

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees vary between €9,500 and €20,500 depending on your situation. To check the exact amount, please click here.

Living costs

Average monthly living costs for a student in Toulouse is between 700 and €1,000. The amount depends a lot on the accommodation you will choose.

Detailed information about living expenses can be found in the Student Guide.  

Scholarships from ISAE-SUPAERO

There are numerous scholarships for International students at ISAE-SUPAERO. The complete and updated list can be found here.

For other scholarship information, we recommend to check Campus Bourse.


Access condition

Admission requirements

In order to apply for the AES Advanced Master one must hold a Master’s degree, or an equivalent degree in science or engineering, or a Bachelor degree with at least 3 years of professional experience.

Admissions committees

There are several admissions sessions for AES. 
The application files filled in ‘on line’ are analyzed by an admissions committee which meets in accordance to the schedule presented here. It is highly recommended to apply as soon as possible.

Language requirements

All students must provide an English Language Certificate, even if their previous course was taught in English:

  • TOEFL IBT (Inst.Code: 9820): 85 or
  • TOEIC: 785 or
  • IELTS: 6.5 or
  • CAE/FCE Cambridge: 170.

(Citizens of the following countries are exempt from the test: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States)

Required documents:

  • a resume,
  • a cover letter,
  • a copy of your highest diploma or certificate of enrollment,
  • transcripts for the 3 last years,
  • English test results: TOEFL IBT (Inst.Code : 9820): 85 or TOEIC: 785 or IELTS: 6.5 or CAE/FCE Cambridge: 170,
  • GRE test results if taken (not mandatory)
  • application fee of €90.
  • 2 letters of recommendation sent directly by professors

Documents have to be officially translated in French or English.

Military candidates from abroad : upload the diplomatic file.

Application deadline:  29th June

Student Life

Toul’Box ressources to get settled in Toulouse are offered to MAE students. Pack includes:

  • One-to-one with the Toul'Box team (welcome pack, help with housing benefits, temporary residence procedures...)
  • Opening a bank account
  • Help with home insurance
  • Public transport travel pass-Pastel
  • SIM Card
  • Temporary accommodation
  • Booking accommodation
  • Help with formalities - Deposits and Guarantees
  • Guided tour of Toulouse


SAE-SUPAERO offers students a new campus and an outstanding living and learning environment including 6 new or totally renovated student residences.

The campus offers some:

  • 982 housing units
  • A dining hall,
  • A student center (MDE) including a snack bar, lounge, and sports facilities for yoga, bodybuilding, squash, as well as TV rooms, and rooms reserved for clubs and organizations.

Each student residence has common areas including work rooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

WIFIRST offer (Internet, TV, Telephone) from 12,50€/month.

For more information and application, please consult the hall’s website.

Students who wish to find private accommodation can be helped in their accommodation search by the Welcome Desk or Toul’Box.

To learn more about different types of accommodation in France, you can read this article.

Part-time jobs

If you a European national, you do not have any work restrictions in France.

If you are not a EU citizen, normally you will have a long-term student visa (VLS-TS) which allows international students to work for 960 hours over a one-year period (on average, 20 hours per week). Internships are not included in this limit.

Part-time student jobs are available in the institute (admission office, library, language dpt) or in Toulouse (from bar work to babysitting), for students who speak at least a minimum of French. Announcements are put up on campus announcements boards, and it is recommended that students distribute their CVs in person to local bars and restaurants.

Student clubs

The ISAE-SUPAERO campus offers an ideal environment for personal growth and development. Students have an exceptionally rich association life including cultural, artistic, social and athletic activities within the scope of nearly 100 clubs and associations. Learn about them in detail! Find the complete list of associations on the Student Office website.

About School

And after ...

Further studies

PhD available only for students holding a Master degree before entering the institute.

Career prospects

This program, unique in France, has trained over 120 engineers. Today, graduates of the program are working as research or design engineers in international companies in the aeronautics, space and mechanical engineering sectors.The advanced scientific level of the MS AES program also paves the way for career opportunities in research in solid mechanics and structures.

Recruiting companies: Altran, Astek, Airbus Group and its subsidiaries, Aéroconseil, Aerazur, ASSYSTEM Etudes, ATKINS, AXS Analyse de Structures, Air France, Bertrandt SA, Dassault Aviation, Dassault Falcon Jet, PSA, Latécoère, Renault, Seditec, Segula, Sodern, Sagem, SAFRAN Snecma, Snecma Propulsion Solide, SAFRAN, Messier, SAFRAN Turboméca, Transiciel, Safran Engineering Services, SEGIME, Sogeti High Tech, Thales, ESA/ Astec, Thales Alenia Space, Renault, Clairis Technologies, DLR (Germany).

Graduate residence permit

The graduates of this program can apply for a residence permit "recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise" ("job search / business creation") for graduate students. This residence permit allows students to remain in France for up to one year to look for employment.

At the end of your studies, if you have obtained your diploma, you can apply for a residence permit "recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise" (except Algerian students). This residence permit replaces the temporary residence permit that was previously issued to graduate students ("APS Master").

This residence permit can also be requested from abroad: if you leave France at the end of your studies, you can apply for the residence permit "recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise" at the French consulate in your home country or your country of residence within 4 years after graduation. More information:


  • Toulouse


Catherine DUVAL

Phone : +33 5 6133 8037

Email : info-masters @

Caroline ARMANGE

Phone : +33 5 6133 8025