Software is eating the world!* Our everyday objects are becoming increasingly software-driven and connected. On any given day, we interact with many different connected smart objects such as smartphones, speakers, thermostats, TVs, cars, aeroplanes, and even some refrigerators, which are all controlled by software.
What was recently merely a vision for the future has become an industrial reality. We now live in a world in which all these connected devices combine to form a continuum between the connected objects and software virtually hosted in the cloud.
These new systems are profoundly changing the way we interact with computer technologies. We can now access computing power and the Internet seamlessly and on demand as part of our everyday activities. This full-time specialty aims to provide engineers with the necessary skills to audit, design, develop, maintain and evaluate complex software systems.
* Marc Andreessen. Why Software Is Eating The World.The Wall Street Journal, 2011.
- A class of 65 students, divided into groups of 20-25 students across the three options from the second year onwards.
- 93 % find employment within six months of graduation (figure for the class of 2021)
- 44 weeks of work placement on average
- 1 compulsory international mobility
- 2/3 of teaching is delivered via tutorials, practical work and projects
- 30% of the courses are in human and social sciences (Management, English, Communication, second foreign language, or sport) and 120 teaching hours are dedicated to innovation.
- 30% in work-study programmes (semesters 9 and 10) in the form of a professionalisation contract.
Business sectors and career opportunities
By its very nature, software science applies to many different fields and business sectors. Graduates can choose between employment opportunities in various different areas, including:
- Artificial Intelligence
- IT Services
- Banking, Insurance
- Transport (rail, automotive, marine, aviation)
- Consumer electronics
Our graduates work in the following positions:
- Software Engineer
- Software Architect
- IT Project Manager
- Pre-sales Engineer
- Software Development Engineer
- Software Consultant
- Product Manager
- R&D Engineer
Options and dual degrees
This specialty includes a common programme for all students in the first year (2 semesters), which allows them to acquire all the core skills required for a digital engineer. Students develop skills in engineering mathematics, software development and the digital environment. Students develop soft skills (management, administration, marketing and communication) and acquire a variety of working methods and professional skills – both individual and group-based – as well as improving their interpersonal skills and oral and written expression in French and foreign languages. Students are also introduced to the world of work through compulsory work placements.
In the last three semesters of the degree programme, students can select one of three options. Each option consists of a coherent grouping of modules to develop the necessary skills for technical experts in three areas of specialisation:
- Digital Imaging to develop automated digital systems for image synthesis and analysis.
- Information Systems to manage the complete lifecycle of data-intensive intelligent digital systems.
- IoT, Security and Smart Cities to acquire software development and network skills to design connected devices for the Internet of Things.
During the third and final year of the engineering degree cycle, students can study for a dual degree with one of the following programmes:
- Master 2 in Computer Science, Science of InFormatics (SIF) track (Univ. Rennes),
- Master 2 in Computer Science, Cloud and Network Infrastructures track (EIT Digital)
- Master 2 in Computer Science, Cybersecurity track (CyberSchool Rennes)
- Master 2 in Business Administration (MAE) at IGR-IAE Rennes, Graduate School of Management (Univ. Rennes)
ESIR students can choose to specialise in cybersecurity in two different ways:
- By studying for a dual degree with the Master 2 in Computer Science, Cybersecurity track at the CyberSchool of the Unviersity of Rennes, a partner school of ESIR
- By studyng for a Maîtrise Informatique Cybersécurité at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada, as part of a dual degree exchange programme.
Students can choose a work-study programme for each of the three options in semesters 9 and 10 in the form of a professionalisation contract.
- Online applications open: Monday, 6 February 2023
- Application deadline: Wednesday, 24 May 2023
- Pre-selection commission: Thursday, 1 June 2023
- Interviews of pre-selected candidates (if required): Tuesday, 6 to Wednesday, 7 June 2023
- Publication of results: Friday, 16 June 2023
- Deadline for candidate acceptance or withdrawal: Thursday, 29 June 2023(Updated lists will be issued from 30 June 2023)
- Student registration: early July to end August