École nationale supérieure des télécommunications de Bretagne

Telecom Bretagne (formerly known as ENST Bretagne) is one of the top French public institutions of higher education and research (Grandes Écoles) of engineering in France, and a high standard research centre providing high level training in Information Technologies and telecommunications. This grande école of engineering is located near Brest in Brittany.

Telecom Bretagne
MottoA prestigious graduate engineering school and international research centre in the field of information technologies
TypeFrench Grande Ecole
PresidentPaul Friedel
Administrative staff
300 (2009)
Students1,219 (2009)
Undergraduates998 (2009)
Postgraduates430 (2009)
221 (2009)
CampusBrest, Rennes

As a member of the Institut Mines-Telecom, it has three campuses:

Telecom Bretagne has been the source of breakthroughs in the world of telecommunications, notably the turbo codes (first published in Proc. IEEE ICC'93) used extensively in 3G mobile telephony standards.


  • 1974: Pierre Lelong – Secretary of State for the PTT (literally Postal Telegraph and Telephone) – decides to establish a second school of telecommunications that will be located in the Brest area.
  • 1977: Creation of ENST Bretagne in Brest. Admission of the first student body which counted 31 students.
  • 1986: Creation of the Rennes site.
  • 1997: Creation of the Groupe des Écoles des Télécommunications (GET).
  • 2008: Renamed Telecom Bretagne.
  • 2012: Creation of the Institut Mines-Télécom.

Master of engineering

For students admitted in formation initiale (FI, literally initial formation), the curriculum takes 3 years and deals with six main domains in 1st and 2nd year:

and 4 options in 3rd year :

Master of Sciences

Telecom Bretagne delivers Master of Science degrees, which are fully compliant with the Bologna system. MSc are two-year training courses leading to a high level of expertise in Information Technologies (IT):

(Mastères spécialisés, masters de recherche, PhDs...)


Admission for the Engineering degree is decided, for most French students, through competitive examination after two to three years of mostly theoretical physics and mathematics classes in CPGE. Foreign students and a few French students are selected after undergraduate or graduate studies based on their results and specific tests.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

See also

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