Master in Computations in Coastal and Civil Engineering (CCCE)

Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour

Program Description

Master in Computations in Coastal and Civil Engineering (CCCE)

Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour


The CCCE track focuses on the modeling and simulation of coastal engineering related processes. Topics extensively studied include, wave modeling, waves interactions with structures, soil and structure complex behavior. A specific focus is put on numerical methods and open source computational tools commonly used in this field including: Telemac 2D, Artemis, OpenFOAM, BOSZ (Boussinesq wave model), XBEACH, Cast3M (finite element structure model).

This track belongs to the international master’s degree in Physics and Simulation in Civil Engineering which offers multidisciplinary key courses to achieve an advanced specialist level in the aforementioned fields. It is suited for students planning both an academic or an industrial career and provides the theoretical basis and the practical expertise required to pursue in research or R&D structures or companies.

The master is fully taught in English and is hosted at ISA BTP Engineering School in the French Basque coast area (Anglet, France).

The program is carried out in close collaboration with SIAME and LFCR research laboratories where numerical and experimental practical tutorial will be performed. Students will also benefit from the global research environment and administrative support of the University Pau & Pays Adour, the E2S I-site program and the research federation IPRA.

Program objectives

  • Prepare students at an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges in coastal engineering,
  • Develop engineering research skills to engage in quality and successful research,
  • Prepare students for leading positions in industry and government Research and Development departments.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, the students in the Physics and Simulation in Civil Engineering Master will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of a solid body of knowledge and skills in engineering science to solve relevant problems,
  • Design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data,
  • Review, analyze, and interpret the body of scientific literature, contemporary issues and innovations in physics and civil engineering area,
  • Produce quality research,
  • Carry out a research project to understand a physical phenomenon pertaining to civil engineering, coastal engineering, geomechanics or physics of porous media.

Prospects for employment or further study

Sectors: Coastal engineering and civil engineering

Fields: Research and R&D structures

Positions: PhD student and R&D Engineer

Detailed program facts

Deadline: Applications for 2019-2020 admission opened from November 2018 to April 2019.

Program intensity: Full-time / Duration: 1 year / Credits: 60 ECTS

Languages: Fully taught in English

Delivery mode: On Campus at STEE College and ISABTP on the French Basque Coast (Anglet, France).

Head of the Master Program: Pr. David Grégoire

Head of the MPPM course: Dr. Christelle Miqueu


Admission requirements

English Language Requirements: Minimum required score CECRL B2 level in English

Academic requirements: Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science or equivalent consistent with the track targeted. A cover letter justifying the choice of the track is also requested.

Admission requirements: Applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English has to take a recognized international English test.


Semester 1 (September – July)
Course Title Course Description ECTS
Basics in coastal engineering

This course aims at giving the required knowledges to the student who did not follow a specific cursus on coastal engineering

  • Water wave mechanics
  • Coastal Structures
Wave modeling 1

This course aims at giving the first elements in wave physics and modeling

  • Non-linear shallow water equations
  • Berkhoff equation and other wave agitation models
  • Numerical project (Telemac2D, ARTEMIS, XBEACH)
Wave modeling 2

This course aims at providing students with theoretical and practical skills to understand and perform nonlinear computations:

  • Boussinesq and Green Naghdi models
  • Wave models based on Navier-Stokes equations
  • Numerical project (BOSZ, OpenFOAM)
Mechanics and computational modelling

This course aims at providing students with theoretical and practical skills to understand and perform non-linear and dynamics computations:

  • Non-linear behaviour of materials: Plasticity, damage
  • Numerical methods for non-linear problems
  • Case study on a Finite Element Program (Cast3M)
Geotechnics and hydrogeology

This course aims to introduce the theory and practice of the design of foundations and the hydrological cycle:

  • Superficial foundations
  • Deep foundations
  • Hydrological cycle and interactions between soil and environment
Communication French as a Foreign Language or, for the native French speaker, English or Spanish 3 ECTS
Bibliography Bibliography project. 3 ECTS
Semester 2 (January – July)
Course Title Course Description ECTS
Research internship

From January to July (6 months).

Example of research internship topics proposed in 2018-2019:

  • Design of an experimental set-up to generate wave impacts based on the dam break flow
  • numerical modeling of waves generated by landslide
  • interaction between infragravity waves and ships in a portnumerical study of the waves impact on a building during a surge event
  • 30 ECTS
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 31, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 year
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Apr. 2, 2019
France - Anglet, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
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Sept. 2019
France - Anglet, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
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