BSc + MSc program in Environmental Engineering

The main task of Environmental engineers is to improve and optimize a company’s environmental performance based on a comprehensive environmental assessment.  

 

Teaching is committed to a skills-focused approach so students are better prepared for their future careers.

It also fosters acquisition of engineering-based knowledge through collaborative work, accountability and project management.

The professional areas of application covered by the Master’s program in Environmental Engineering focus on respect for resources by assessing, preventing and addressing environmental impacts, i.e. by:

  • assessing and preserving resources,
  • managing and treating water,
  • managing, processing and repurposing waste,
  • environmental management,
  • soil and air decontamination processes,
  • assessing environmental impacts,
  • clean technologies and environmental technologies,
  • managing energy resources,
  • eco-design and green building.

Key information

Venue : Rennes campus

  • Course length: 5 years
  • Program taught in French and English
  • Applications welcome from high school graduates up to Master’s level students
  • Degree accredited by the CTI
  • Tuition fees 2018-2019:
    • integrated preparatory program (1st and 2nd years): €6,500 per year
    • engineering program (3rd, 4th and 5th years): €6,950 per year
Advantages
  • Internships and projects from the first year onwards.
  • A program that is strongly focused on professional skills for jobs in the environmental sector.
  • A degree program that can be personalized according to your choice of options, internships, projects, and periods spent abroad.
  • An international dimension with the opportunity to spend up to 2 semesters abroad.
  • Contact with professionals: talks, site tours, projects, etc.
  • General skills for better employability in all environmental engineering fields.

The program

A two-year integrated preparatory program: to improve your chances of joining and successfully completing your engineering degree while looking at environmental issues. It provides an insight into the environmental field and gives you time to build your career plan.

Teaching in the first two years focuses on core science subjects and general knowledge.

The program includes internships and joint projects that foster the development of environmental engineering skills. It is based on seven teaching units that aim to provide the skills necessary for following the Master’s course and for the personal development of students.

Aims

  • Equip you with core scientific knowledge for engineers
  • Develop your career plan
  • Provide an overview of the stakeholders in environmental engineering
  • Assist you with your first environmental projects

Advantages

  • An initial insight into careers and business to nurture a career plan through collaborative work, site tours and internships, etc.
  • Balanced general and scientific teaching.
  • Small year groups for personalized student coaching.

Aims

  • Consolidate the scientific skills base
  • Build on general scientific knowledge with high-level applied teaching
  • Foster the acquisition of appropriate skills: innovation projects, international context, collaborative working, etc.
  • Emphasize the professional aspect: case studies, educational projects, talks by professionals, etc.

Common-core syllabus

Teaching Unit – IT and Production Control

  • Production Control
  • Programming

Teaching Unit – Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Management Tools
  • Innovative Company Set Up
  • Career Plan

Teaching Unit – Community Activities

Teaching Unit – Operation Project

Teaching Unit – Languages

  • English
  • Second Foreign Language: German/Spanish/English (project)

Teaching Unit – Applied Law

  • Safety

Teaching Unit – Options

At least two Teaching Units to be chosen from the following four:

Teaching Unit – Chemistry

  • Biochemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry Practical Work

Teaching Unit – Life Sciences (taught in English)

  • Microbiology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Composting

Teaching Unit – Industrial Environmental Engineering (taught in English)

  • Networks
  • Environmental Management
  • ICPE (establishments classified for environmental protection)
  • Waste – Treatment Streams

Teaching Unit – Engineering Sciences

  • Waste – Transport
  • Waste – EPR
  • Soil
  • Soil Treatment
  • Transfer Processes
  • Membrane Processes

Common-core syllabus

Teaching Unit – Mathematics and IT (taught in English)

  • Databases
  • GIS
  • Applied Statistics

Teaching Unit – Internship and Operation Project (taught in English)

  • Internship and Operation Project
  • GreenDay Project

Teaching Unit – English

Teaching Unit – Internship

« Observation of the industrial sector and the environment »

Company internship to give students an insight into the operational aspects of the industrial world, with a cross-disciplinary view of environmental management and innovation.

  • long assistant engineer internship: minimum 12 weeks
  • or short assistant engineer internship: minimum 6 weeks (for students who cannot complete a long internship)

Teaching Unit – Options

Two teaching units at least to be chosen from the following three (content the same as in semester 7, except for Teaching Unit – Engineering Sciences):

Teaching Unit – Life Sciences (taught in English)

  • Microbiology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Composting

Teaching Unit – Industrial Environmental Engineering (taught in English)

  • Networks
  • Environmental Management
  • ICPE (establishments classified for environmental protection)
  • Waste – Treatment Streams

Teaching Unit – Engineering Sciences (taught in English)

  • Waste Water
  • Waste Treatment and Repurposing
  • Agricultural Waste Treatment and Repurposing
  • Membrane Processes

Common-core syllabus

Teaching Unit – Project

  • Project Steering
  • Engineering Project
  • Communications
  • Careers and Career Plan
  • Poster Creation

Teaching Unit – Humanities and Social Sciences

  • English
  • Labor Law
  • CSR
  • Business Intelligence
  • Public Contracts

Teaching Unit – Environmental Assessment

  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Carrefour de l’Eau trade fair
  • Best Techniques Available
  • HQE
  • Introduction to Eco-Design
  • Indicators and Assessments
  • Atmospheric Dispersion

Teaching Unit – Energy Efficiency

  • Exchangers
  • Energy Efficiency Standardization
  • Energy Transition

Option

One option to be chosen from two teaching units:

Eco-Management option

Teaching Unit – Eco-Design and Industrial Ecology

  • Eco-Design Approach
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Value Analysis
  • LCA Practices
  • Mobility

Teaching Unit – Management and Sustainable Development

  • BAT
  • Sustainable Development Management
  • Integrated Management

Analysis and Process Option

Teaching Unit – Engineering Sciences

  • Experimental Design
  • Automation
  • Control

Teaching Unit – Analysis, Treatment and Processes

  • Process Intensification
  • Air and Exchanger Pilot Plants
  • Liquid Gas Contactors
  • Water Analysis and Quality

Teaching Unit – Widening Horizons

One to four teaching units to be chosen from the following five:

Teaching Unit – Energy Performance and Buildings

  • Energy and Buildings
  • Construction Principles
  • Energy Audit and Heating Engineer Tools
  • Bioclimatism
  • Initiation to Thermal Software
  • Initiation to HQE Software

Teaching Unit – Biomass, Energy and Anaerobic Digestion

  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Fermentation Engineering
  • Bio-based Materials
  • « Odeurs en méthanisation et compostage » (Odors in Anaerobic Digestion and Composting) talk

Teaching Unit – Air Pollution

  • Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling
  • Air Practical Work

Teaching Unit – Water Treatment

  • Water Treatment Pilot Plants

Teaching Unit – GIS

  • GIS

Final year internship

« Environmental assignment for a company »

Twenty to twenty-six weeks in a company in France or abroad to complete a final-year project independently.

How to join the Master

The integrated preparatory program is open to holders of the French baccalaureate (streams S, STI2D, STAV and STL).

Students from the STI2D (Science and Technology for Industry and Sustainable Development), STL (Science and Technology for Laboratories) and STAV (Science and Technology for Agronomy and Living Organisms) streams must demonstrate enthusiasm for the program and be prepared to work hard throughout the year. 

A specific program has been designed for these undergraduates to enable them to acquire the same scientific knowledge and then integrate the 2nd year of the general preparatory program.

Admission in the second year of the preparatory program is possible for students who have passed the first year of scientific studies, including medical students.

The Master’s program in Environmental Engineering is open to students from:

  • scientific undergraduate degree programs (university technology diploma, second or third year Bachelor’s degree)
  • scientific preparatory classes (biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences) for entry to French Higher Education Institutions
  • scientific preparatory classes in math-physics, physics-chemistry or physics-engineering sciences via the E3A competitive exam for engineering schools. Eligible candidates will be invited to the school for an interview.
  • a transfer: preparatory program from another school, another two-year scientific higher education diploma, programs abroad, current medical students (admission possible from October or in the 2nd semester)

Structures that hire environmental engineers

These include large national or international companies, particularly in the fields of water treatment or waste management. This sector also features a large number of smaller companies, which are more specialized in the water and waste fields, or in areas such as soil decontamination, air treatment, etc.

Environmental engineers can hold different types of positions:

  • Site Manager: sorting center, etc.
  • Process Engineer to optimize treatment processes
  • Research Engineer to design equipment
  • Contract Manager

These include large national or international companies, particularly in the fields of water treatment or waste management. This sector also features a large number of smaller companies, which are more specialized in the water and waste fields, or in areas such as soil decontamination, air treatment, etc.

Environmental engineers can hold different types of positions:

  • Site Manager: sorting center, etc.
  • Process Engineer to optimize treatment processes
  • Research Engineer to design equipment
  • Contract Manager

Today, all industry sectors need to consider environmental issues – automotive, transport, construction, public works, chemical, food, etc.

They all need to comply with increasingly demanding environmental regulations. They all need to meet the expectations of their customers and commit to (more or less) voluntary environmental protection initiatives.

Environmental engineers are in charge of environmental policy within a company and related approaches: QSE (quality, safety, environment) and CSR (corporate social responsibility) policy, etc.

They intervene up- and downstream of environmental impacts to reduce them: at regional, production site or product and service level.

Environmental engineers can also fill Research Leader or Coordinator positions:

  • in government departments and agencies, they lead research or projects relating to national environmental policy.
  • in local authorities, they are responsible for the quality of life of inhabitants, ensure water quality, waste management, etc. and manage green areas, air quality and community energy policy, etc.
  • within consular chambers, or trade associations, they support businesses with their environmental initiatives.

As Research Engineers or Environmental Consultants, graduates carry out or oversee research. They are involved in environmental impact assessments and regulatory studies, advise on eco-design or bring companies in line with environmental standards.

Graduates can continue their studies with an Advanced Master’s in the « Circular Economy: tools for industrial ecology and eco-design » at UniLaSalle. This 12- to 18-month vocational course aims to train experts capable of meeting the environmental challenges of companies and industries thanks to their expertise in the field of eco-innovation.

Contact

Adélaïde DOLBEAU
Communications and recruitment manager (Rennes campus)
+33 2 90 02 85 22