Master in Atmosphere, Water and Environment (U-ENV AWE)

Centrale Nantes

Program Description

Master in Atmosphere, Water and Environment (U-ENV AWE)

Centrale Nantes

This Master offers a world-class education to future engineers and town planners by providing the skills necessary to address environmental and health issues in the context of sustainable urban development, in research and in urban engineering.

The program is designed to provide the scientific theoretical knowledge and tools necessary to understand and address the environmental physical problems resulting from the ever-increasing urban population. Various key disciplines such as urban hydrology, urban atmosphere, building heat transfer and pollution of air water and soils are taught through advanced lectures and research work in laboratories renowned in these fields.

The Master program is fully recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education and the network of contacts established by the researchers engaged in the program guarantees international exposure for the students.

The program of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. The M1 program is taught in English, which is complemented by 160 hours of French language courses. M2 courses are in French, but the Master's thesis can be either in French or English.

Course Content - M1

  • Fluid mechanics 1
  • Hydrology and transfers in soils
  • Programming and algorithms
  • Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Energetics and building heat transfers
  • Urban Realities Review
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
  • Urban Management and Planning
  • Introduction to research
  • Fluid Mechanics 2
  • Business Environment
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Modern Languages
  • Modern Languages

Course Content - M2

  • Urban management and environment
  • Urban metropolis, planning, and services
  • Tools, management, and modeling for urban databases
  • Interdisciplinary methodology for research
  • Introduction to urban projects
  • Urban indicators and environmental assessment of projects
  • General and urban meteorology
  • Turbulence & atmospheric boundary layer
  • General hydrology and watershed
  • Urban atmosphere
  • Water management in cities
  • Urban pollution and remediation
  • Simulation tools
  • Master thesis/internship

Examples of previous internships in industry:

  • adaptation of regional planning with regard to urban heat islands
  • integration of urban micro-climate into energy simulation studies of buildings

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Analysis of fluid exchange between a street canyon flow and the atmospheric boundary layer
  • Application of model reduction to the thermal modeling of urban surfaces
  • NB Course content may be subject to minor changes

Skills Developed

  • Understand the physics and dynamics of fluids in urban environments;
  • Master analytical and modeling tools for hydrology and atmospheric sciences in urban environments;
  • Learn techniques in water management; soil, water and air treatment, and mitigation of the urban heat island.

In addition to the above specialism-specific skills, students will also develop more general skills:

  • Express assumptions to analyze and solve a problem;
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way;
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys of international research and professional literature
  • Manage or be part of a project.

Prospects for employment or further study

  • Sectors: urban planning and design; urban environment; energy, soil, and water management.
  • Fields: urban planning, environmental fluid mechanics, hydrology, microclimatology, air quality.
  • Positions: engineer in consulting office or groups specialized in environmental engineering; engineer in urban design and planning office or local authorities; research and academia (post PhD).
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
2 years
Full time
12,000 EUR
France - Nantes, Pays de la Loire
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