Civil engineering and sustainable construction

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Is it possible to design and construct a building with clean energy resources and zero carbon footprint? Are there ways to reduce flood risk without raising dikes? How do you install resilient energy structures in an active earthquake zone? How do you construct an electricity grid in a hurricane zone? Which factors do you have to keep in mind to ensure that new roads or structures will endure the effects of climate change? What impacts do societal challenges have on major construction projects according to the type of stakeholder (government, residents, businesses and the environment)?

If questions like these fascinate you, then the Civil Engineering and Sustainable Construction Specialisation is the right choice for you.

You will acquire advanced knowledge and associated analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of key Civil Engineering sub-disciplines that you need to take on complex civil engineering challenges.

You will learn everything a civil engineer needs to know in order to design, construct and manage large projects in construction & infrastructure, water management, and traffic & transport. Particular attention will be paid to sustainability and environmental aspects.

Contribution to sustainable development goals

Learn more about Centrale Nantes' commitment to the 17 sustainable development goals

International students can follow this specialisation, taught in French, via:

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
Course Content
2023/24 Academic Year
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Civil engineering materials Eco-construction and mixed construction
Structural Calculations Structural design
Methods and Management Transport infrastructure
Soil and Rock Mechanics Earthquake Engineering
Reinforced Concrete Project 2
Case Studies Internship
Geotechnical Engineering
Mechanics and Physics of Materials
Project 1

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Examples of projects and internships

Examples of past projects

  • Design and construction of an office building: in response to a call for tenders (Bouygues).
  • Behaviour of superficial foundations and piles.
  • Design and construction of an underground car park: in response to a call for tenders (Bouygues).
  • Modelling of concrete creep in deep storage centres.

Examples of past internships

  • Ensuring production quality control for the different phases of pre-stressing.
  • Project management - design and operations of Bouygues Telecom site development.
  • Project management - underground tunnel construction work.
  • Thermo-mechanical modelling of bituminous materials.
  • Modelling of a full-scale test of crack growth under traffic on bituminous roads.
After the specialisation

Industry sectors

  • Public works and buildings
  • Construction
  • Risk management
  • Recruitment across all company sizes from
  • multinationals to national and local SMEs etc.

Career prospects

  • Construction project management
  • Civil engineering risk management
  • Consultancy
  • Methods
  • R&D in civil engineering

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Published on November 2, 2015 Updated on March 21, 2024