Civil Engineering

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Periods spent abroad
Yes, Compulsory
A stay of at least 13 weeks abroad is compulsory during the three years of study. This mobility can take the form of a summer internship, an end-of-studies internship or a semester abroad.

Targeted audience

Targeted audience
Bac + 2 ; Bac + 4

Available in

Initial education (3 years)

Work and study program
Opportunities are open for professional training contracts during the 5th year of the engineering studies.
Gap year

A gap year is possible during the engineering cycle.





An engineer at Polytech Nantes specialising in Civil engineering (GC) is a general engineer who has a solid understanding of the fields of construction and regional planning.

The skills specific to the Civil engineering specialty are as follows:

  • Designing and sizing constructed works made of reinforced concrete, steel or wood.
  • General contracting (from the planning permission to the construction of the structure): guiding the client in the choice of materials and systems to implement.
  • Developing and implementing functional, sustainable and energy efficient structures.
  • Construction site management (from preparation to reception): managing the execution of construction work, ensuring the financial management and the management of the teams.
  • Addressing issues related to the development of public spaces, the quality of life and the environment, and the treatment of urban waste.
  • Managing networks (for example: the transport of drinking water) and issues related to urban travel, urban planning, HEQ.


Civil engineering at the Nantes Université

The Department of Civil Engineering of the Nantes Université brings together all the university courses in Civil Engineering of the Nantes - Saint-Nazaire Metropolis. More information :



Engineering students attend the Campus of Gavy in Saint-Nazaire.

Programme Leader(s)


Entry requirement

Academic requirement

Admission process for French speaking students

French speaking students can apply directly on with a foreign scientific diploma and obtain a French engineering degree (Master’s degree in engineering). Selected students follow courses with fellow French students. Depending on the country where applicants are studying, they may be required to follow the “Etudes en France” studies & visa application process.

Admission process for non-french speaking students in Polytech partner universities

Initiated by the AVOSTTI Project, the Polytech Group has developed a 2 phase programme allowing students to start scientific/technological studies and French learning in their country and then to follow their engineering studies in France in one of its 15 engineering faculties. Current active partners are located in China : Ocean University of China (OUC) of Qingdao, South China University of Technology (SCUT - Guangzhou), Xidian University of Xi’an, etc.

Admission process for non-french speaking students from other universities

Several Polytech engineering faculties have developed bridging program (n+i, Polytech Mundus) allowing non-French speaking students (with a scientific Bachelor’s level) to gain French fluency and thus follow French engineering studies. The programme consists in a first year of intensive courses in French language and French scientific culture (with a scientific/technology major such as mechanics, computer science, electronics…) and 2 years of engineering studies among fellow French students.


Application procedure

Admission to initial training with student status is common to all schools in the Polytech network. This is a unique and valid application for all 15 schools, regardless of your academic background.


Civil engineering program

5th year options : 
  • Urban engineering
  • Building, eco-building
  • Transversal option MAQSE-i : Management de la Qualité, de la Sécurité et de l'Environnement

Content of the programme / Syllabus


The teacher-researchers mainly work in the GeM - UMR 6183 CNRS (Institut de Recherche en Génie Civil et Mécanique).

The engineering studies include three compulsory internships:

  • 3rd year: internship in a company (4 weeks minimum) 
  • 4th year: Internship in the student’s specialisation in a company or laboratory (8 to 15 weeks)
  • 5th year: end of studies internship in a contracted company or laboratory (18 weeks minimum)

A stay of at least 13 weeks abroad is compulsory during the three years of study. This mobility can take the form of a summer internship, an end-of-studies internship or a semester abroad.

What's next?

Career opportunities

Business sectors

Business sector

Career opportunities
  • Building and public works sector
  • Engineering - engineering consultant (structure and fluid) - Control office
  • General contracting and project leadership, private and/or public
  • Real estate management
  • Research and development
  • Building and public works sector
Jobs opportunities :
  • Work Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Technical controller
  • Works supervisor in the public works sector


Students receive a multidisciplinary education which leads them on to pursue a wide range of jobs in the fields of construction and regional planning.


Tuition fee

Registration fees in the engineering studies (2022/2023)

Non scholarship-holder: 601* €
Scholarship-holder: 0 €
*Contribution of student life and campus : 95 €

Registration procedures

International office
Phone : +33(0)2 51 85 74 25


More information
International office
Phone : +33(0)2 51 85 74 25

Mis à jour le 04 November 2022.