Courses at the University of Rennes

From technical diplomas to Bachelor's, Master's, Engineering Degrees and Doctorates as well as Health Degrees, the University of Rennes offers a rich and diversified range of over 600 diplomas tailored to your career plans and future professional integration
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Bachelor's Degree, Vocational Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate

Bachelor's Degree

The Bachelor's Degree is prepared in three years after the baccalauréat. It consists of six semesters, each divided into course units called UE in French (unité d'enseignement). When you validate the knowledge acquired in a course unit, the university awards you transferable credits. One semester corresponds to 30 credits (ECTS).

The teaching of at least one modern language is compulsory, but you can create your own course and make your own choices as you progress through your studies.

Vocational Degree

The Vocational Degree is a professional diploma prepared in one year (two semesters). Selective access (application and/or interview) is open to holders of a French or foreign diploma of Bac+2 level, i.e. 120 ECTS (second year of Bachelor's Degree, advanced technician's diploma or BTS, institute of technology diploma, DUT or BUT) or on validation of prior learning.

Master's Degree

The Master's Degree can be accessed by holders of a Bachelor's Degree or any other French or foreign diploma corresponding to 180 ECTS. The Master's Degree consists of four semesters, organised in the same way as the Bachelor's Degree.


The doctorate can be accessed by holders of a Master's Degree. Doctoral students complete their training in one of the four doctoral schools of the University of Rennes for a minimum of three years. To find out more, click here

Other National Diplomas

At the University of Rennes, you can also prepare the following diplomas:

Preparatory Classes

The university awards diplomas, but it also prepares students for numerous competitive examinations to enter engineering and business schools, in conjunction with the ESPE of Brittany for the teaching professions (CAPES - CAPET - Agrégation), within the Faculty of Law and IPAG (Institut de préparation à l'administration générale) for the administration professions and legal careers.

The University of Rennes is nationally recognised for its excellent success rates.

University and Inter-University Degrees

University diplomas are created by the University of Rennes. Initiated by the university's components, they are examined, evaluated and validated by the Cevu (Council of Studies and University Life) and the University Board of Governors, for a renewable period of 5 years.

University diplomas are one of the foundations of continuing education, particularly for the health professions. They also lead to the development of new training sectors and can then be transformed into vocational degrees or masters.