M2 Computations in Coastal and Civil Engineering (CCCE)

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M2 Computations in Coastal and Civil Engineering (CCCE)



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Applications will be closed on April 24th, 2020

 The CCCE path 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).


  • 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.

Knowledge and skills

At the end of this program, the students in the "Computations in Coastal and 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.

Additional information

  • Region Aquitaine Scholarships for non-EU students
  • E2S Talent's Academy Scholarships for all students
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Training content



Basics in coastal engineering


  • Water wave mechanics

  • Coastal Structures

  • Wave modeling


Wave modeling 1


  • Non linear shallow water equations

  • Berkhoff equation and other wave agitation models

  • Numerical project (Telemac2D, ARTEMIS, XBEACH)


Wave modeling 2


  • Boussinesq and Green Naghdi models

  • Wave models based on Navier-Stokes equations

  • Numerical project (BOSZ, OPENFOAM)


Mechanics and computational modelling


  • Non linear behaviour of materials : Plasticity, damage

  • Numerical methods for non-linear problems

  • Case study on a Finite Element Program (Cast3M)


Geotechnics and hydrogeology


  • Superficial foundations

  • Deep foundations

  • Hydrological cycle and interactions between soil and environment




  • French (or Spanish) as a Foreign Langage






Research internship


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 port,

  • Numerical study of the waves impact on a building during a surge event



Access condition

Academic requirement

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science or Equivalent.

English Language 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.

Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English


640 euros for Non-EU students

More information here: Campus France


Organizational unit


  • Anglet

Person in charge

Direction des études 2ème année Gregoire David

Phone : +33 559574479

Email : david.gregoire @ univ-pau.fr

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Type of education

  • Foreign students
  • Ongoing training
  • Initial training

Internship Mandatory (5 months)

From October 18, 2019 to April 24, 2020

Teaching start
September 1, 2020