Materials and Structures in their Environment (C-ENG MSE)

Programme Objectives

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

The programme of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. The language of instruction is English. This Master’s programme is accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education.
Two tracks are on offer in the M2 year. This means that students follow a set number of core courses and then have a choice of three courses from either track 1 or 2.

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Course Content

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M1 Year - 2022/23
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS Spring Semester Courses ECTS
Continuum Mechanics 5 Physical Modelling 4
Fluid Mechanics 1 5 Constitutive Laws 5
Algorithmics for Engineering Modelling 4 Imaging in Civil Engineering 5
Numerical Methods 5 Geotechnical Engineering 5
Vibrations 5 Concrete and Structures 5
Business Environment 4 Mathematical Methods in Civil Engineering 4
Modern Languages * 2 Modern Languages * 2
Conferences 0

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
M2 Year - 2022/23

Core courses for all students:

Autumn Semester Courses ECTS
Numerical Analysis 5
Mechanics of Porous Media 5
Statistics of Materials and Structural Reliability 4
Project 2
Modern Languages * 2

plus, Track 1 courses

Autumn Semester Courses ECTS
Homogenization Methods in Heterogenous Media 4
Design and Behaviour of Modern Concrete 4
Durability and Structural Maintenance 4

or Track 2 courses

Autumn Semester Courses ECTS
Theory of Structures 4
Earthquake Engineering 4
Large Infrastructures of Energy and Transport 4

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'
NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
Spring Semester ECTS
Master thesis / internship                                    30

Examples of previous internships in industry:

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

Examples of previous internships in research 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 Île de Ré bridge: impact of uncertainties on the diagnosis
  • Soil Structure interactions in earthquake engineering
Skills developed
  • Organize and carry out research work to understand a physical phenomenon or a new problem in civil engineering
  • Organize, 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 of international research and professional literature
  • Manage or be part of a project

Download syllabus | C-ENG MSE 2021/22

Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

Courses are given by researchers of the GeM, Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l'Aménagement et des Réseaux (Nantes) and Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (Nantes).

The supporting research institutes have extensive experimental test facilities for static and dynamic characterisation of materials and structures and a high tech computational centre.

International Collaboration

Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Université de Liège (Belgium), Tongji University (China), Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy), Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Research and Technology (ALERT).
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After the Master's

Career Prospects

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

Published on March 25, 2017 Updated on July 20, 2022