International Master Program at the University of Rennes 1, France

Boost your career with a unique mix of technology and business!

This master's program – delivered entirely in English – prepares future professionals and researchers with an advanced scientific and technological education together with a unique hands-on experience in technological innovation and entrepreneurship. We are truly international, with only about 20-25% of French students. Other students from the previous years came from Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Romania, Spain, the Netherlands, Tunisia, United Kingdom...


Excellence in Cloud Computing technology

  • Advanced scientific and technological courses from the best professors and researchers in Europe.
  • Cloud computing practical labs make intensive use of the French Grid’5000 testbed (8 sites across France, 1000 servers, 10,000 cores).

Technological innovation and entrepreneurship

  • Unique integrated hands-on education covering all aspects of technological innovation and new business creation in ICT.
  • Integration week and summer school program in innovation and entrepreneurship over Europe.

A unique network of European universities, research labs and companies

  • Internships in major European companies and research labs: Alcatel Lucent, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Nokia, Orange, SAP, Siemens, INRIA, Fraunhofer, SICS, VTT, etc.
  • Privileged access to the EIT Digital community.
Cloud Computing

CLOUD Computing and Services include many hot topics such as big data analytics, scalable mobile applications and services and online social networks. These technologies are now present in a broad range of devices and systems ranging from smartphones to data centers. New scientific and technological developments in this area create considerable industry demand for engineers who can design software systems utilizing cloud technologies.

This Master program provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge of the field, develops their practical skills and enhances their ability to adapt to the future developments of science and technology. Students will deeply understand large-scale distributed systems, be able to design and construct such systems and services, and become key players to transform technology into innovations, new products and services.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship


THIS program ideally prepares students to spot opportunities for new high-tech products and successfully bring them to the market. A course on the fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Business Development Labs and a Summer School program are vital parts of this module. The EIT Digital co-location center in Rennes also organizes frequent meetings with entrepreneurs and industry professionals.


RENNES is the 2nd-largest digital hub in France and the largest education and research center in the West of France. It was recently named the #1 French city for expats and the French city where students are the happiest. With over 60,000 students on a population of 250,000, Rennes is a peaceful yet vibrant city. It is also an internationally-recognized high-tech R&D center in cloud computing, networks and media.

The University of Rennes 1 offers internationally-acknowledged master and doctoral degrees in ICT, a business school and a faculty of economics, which make it a perfect place for ICT innovation. Its campus is ideally located next to major industrial R&D centers (Orange, Alcatel-Lucent, Technicolor, Thales, Canon, Thomson etc.), over 300 SMEs, start-up incubators, etc. Professors conduct world-leading research at INRIA/IRISA, the largest research lab in ICT in France with 750 researchers and staff members.

Course Program


First-year courses

  • Cloud and service technologies
  • Scalable distributed systems
  • Advanced network protocols
  • Algorithmic approach of distributed systems
  • Parallel programming
  • Performance evaluation and safety analysis
  • Operating systems
  • Object-oriented software design
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge and intangible assets management
  • Business development lab

Second-year courses

  • Internet of services: clouds and the Internet of Things
  • Future Internet and cloud networks
  • Distributed algorithms and computability
  • Individual cloud computing project
  • Advanced performance evaluation
  • Data analysis and stochastic modeling
  • Compression, transmission and rendering of video, audio and 3D data
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship study
  • Master thesis

The Cloud Computing and Services master program is proposed in two different tracks:

Track 1:
eit_digital The EIT Digital master school is a joint initiative by leading universities in Europe. Students from this program will spend their two study years in two different European universities. They will receive a double master degree as well as an EIT Digital certificate, documenting the specific EIT Digital learning outcomes. The universities participating in this program are Rennes 1, Aalto, KTH, TU Berlin and TU Delft.
Track 2:
ur1 The Cloud Computing and Services program of University of Rennes 1 is a two-year program located in Rennes, France. Students will follow exactly the same set of courses as students from the EIT Digital master school, except that they will spend their two study years in Rennes. They will receive a Master degree in Cloud Computing and Services from the University of Rennes 1.
For a detailed comparison between the two tracks:  Click here!
Career Prospects
THIS program prepares students to become professionals, researchers and entrepreneurs in ICT with a broad European perspective. Our alumni are fully prepared to pursue international careers in industrial groups, laboratories or starting their own businesses. Thanks to their multidisciplinary training, our graduates are able to access jobs connecting technology, markets and usages to:
  • Reach management positions, thanks to a global perspective on complex technological systems, including their business aspects;
  • Lead or contribute to innovation projects and new ventures;
  • Pursue a career in research, after completing a PhD.
eit_digital EIT Digital master school
UR1 Rennes 1 University
Concerned candidates
Residents of Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, or Vietnam.
Residents of all other countries
April 15th 2017
March 31st 2017
May 30th 2017
Applications are now open only for EU/EEA citizens. For other candidates, it is now too late to apply!
Applications are now closed
Applications are now open. Non-French speakers may find this guide useful to navigate the application system.


Prof. Guillaume Pierre

Coordinator of the CCS program

Please contact Guillaume Pierre for any question about admissions and/or the study program.

Martine Lemercier

Administrative assistant

Please contact Martine Lemercier for any administrative question.