Master in Civil Engineering - Materials & Structure in their Environment (C-ENG MSE)

This Master programme aims to develop scientific and technological knowledge on materials and structures in both the public works and industrial sectors. It is characterized by a high degree of scientific specialisation.

The master programme focuses on the following specialised areas: numerical modelling, constitutive laws, structural reliability, advanced experimental techniques, durability, modern concrete, geomechanics and earthquake engineering.

The program of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2.

The language of instruction is English across the two years.


Course Content - M1

30 ECTS Credits per semester

Language of instruction: English

M1 - Autumn Semester Courses


M1 - Spring Semester Courses


Continuum Mechanics 5 Physical modelling 4
Fluid Mechanics 1 5 Constitutive laws 5
Programming and Algorithmics 4 Imaging in civil engineering 5
Numerical Methods 4 Geotechnical Engineering 5
Vibration and Differential Equations 4 Concrete and structures 5
Business Environment 4 Conferences and Initiation to Research 2
Modern Languages


Modern Languages 4

Course Content - M2

30 ECTS Credits per semester

Language of instruction: English

M2 - Autumn Semester Courses ECTS M2 - Spring Semester ECTS
Numerical analysis 4 Master Thesis or Industrial Internship 30
Mechanics of Porous Media 4
Statistics of materials and structural reliability 4
Project 2
Modern languages 4
Track 1 courses
Homogenization Methods in Heterogeneous Media 4
Design and Behaviour of Modern Concrete 4
Durability and structural maintenance 4
Track 2 courses
Theory of structures 4
Earthquake Engineering 4
Large Infrastructure in energy and Transport 4

NB Courses content may be subject to minor changes.


Example of the previous internship in the industry:

  • Study of the deformation and temperature of cementitious materials by 3D instrumentation

Example of the previous internship in Reseach labs:

  • Poro-mechanical modelling of soil and rock erosion
  • Dynamic effect of capillary pressure on drying/wetting of cementitious materials
  • Analysis and modelling of stochastic degradation fields on the Ile de Ré bridge: impact of uncertainties on the diagnosis
  • Soil Structure Interactions in earthquake engineering

Skills Developed

  • Organise and carry out research work to understand a physical phenomenon or a new problem in civil engineering
  • Organise, complete and validate an engineering approach to address a specific problem

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

  • Act with professionalism, be rigorous and autonomous
  • Identify models, perform simulation and analyse results
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys from international research and professional literature
  • Manage or participate in a project

Prospects for employment or further study

  • Sectors: Civil Engineering
  • Fields: Research and Development
  • Job Positions: Research and Innovation Engineer (post PhD)

Faculty and Research Facilities

This master relies on the Centrale Nantes's faculty, staff and research facilities of the GeM Institute, the Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l'Aménagement et des Réseaux (IFSTARR). The supporting research institute has extensive experimental test facilities for static and dynamic characterisation of materials and structures and a high tech computational centre.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated November 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
2 years
15,000 EUR
€15000 / 2 years
May 15, 2020
Applications for September 2020 will open shortly.
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Application deadline
May 15, 2020
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End Date
Aug 2022