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BSc + MSc program in Environmental Engineering (Rennes Campus)

Master’s 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.    

 

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
  • Course length: 5 years
  • Program taught in French and English
  • Applications welcome from high school graduates up to Master’s level students
  • Teaching venue: Rennes
  • 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
Master’s program in Environmental Engineering
Advantages of the UniLaSalle Master’s program in Environmental Engineering
  • 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.
A two-stage course
  • 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.
  • A three-year engineering program: to develop your knowledge and specialize according to your career ambitions with a course that includes experience abroad.

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.

The engineering program is a three-year course that enables students to build their degree and specialize according to their career ambitions through projects, company internships and options.

Following on from the core scientific teaching, the course provides students with knowledge applied to environmental engineering, and expertise for a role as an engineer.

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.

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.

Teaching Unit – Mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
Teaching Unit – Physics and Chemistry
  • Mechanics
  • General Chemistry
  • Solution Chemistry
Teaching Unit – Life Sciences and Study of Environments
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Applied Ecology
  • Earth Sciences
Teaching Unit – Languages
  • English
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Second Foreign Language: German/Spanish/English (project)
Teaching Unit – Business and Projects
  • Note Taking – Cover Letters
  • Portfolio
  • Engineering Assignment Project
  • Careers and Stakeholder Project
  • Tours and Talks
Teaching Unit – Mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Excel
Teaching Unit – Physics and Chemistry
  • Solution Chemistry
  • Chemistry Practical Work
  • General Physics
  • Electromagnetism
Teaching Unit – Life Sciences and Study of Environments
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology of Organisms
  • Earth Sciences
Teaching Unit – Languages
  • English
  • English (video)
  • Second Foreign Language: German/Spanish/English (project)
Teaching Unit – Business and Projects
  • Project – Technical Report
  • Project – Current Affairs and Society
  • Tours and Talks
Teaching Unit – Internship
Teaching Unit – Mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
Teaching Unit – Physics and Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Spectrochemistry
  • Chemistry Practical Work
  • Mechanics
  • Material Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
Teaching Unit – Life Sciences and Study of Environments
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology of Organisms
  • Earth Sciences
Teaching Unit – Languages
  • English
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Second Foreign Language: German/Spanish/English (project)
Teaching Unit – Business and Projects
  • First Year Internship Assignment
  • Dissemination of Scientific and Technical Culture Project
Teaching Unit – Mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
Teaching Unit – Physics and Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Thermochemistry
  • Environmental Physics
  • Industrial Systems
Teaching Unit – Life Sciences and Study of Environments
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology of Organisms
  • Earth Sciences
Teaching Unit – Scientific News
Teaching Unit – Languages
  • English
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Second Foreign Language: German/Spanish/English (project)
Teaching Unit – Business and Projects
  • General Economics
  • History of Science Project
  • Dissemination of Scientific and Technical Culture Project

In the 1st and 2nd year of the integrated preparatory program, students are required to job shadow for two weeks.

This takes place between the first and second semester, in a structure representative of the industrial environmental management sector:

  • eco-industries,
  • research centers,
  • local authorities.

For students just starting out on their course, it is good preparation for joining the workforce. They need to call on their growing « network », personal contacts and also alumni.

This job shadowing provides a perfect opportunity for learning about careers relating to the Master’s program in Environmental Engineering.

It is a key advantage for students who choose to register for the UniLaSalle integrated preparatory program.

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.

Refresher e-Course modules
  • Plant Biology
  • Animal Biology
  • Ecology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
Teaching Unit – Refresher Course
  • Initiation to Lab Work
  • Foundation English
Teaching Unit – Mathematics and IT
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Programming

Teaching Unit – Physics and Chemistry

  • Physics for Engineers
  • Electrochemistry
  • Thermal Equilibrium
Teaching Unit – Life Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
Teaching Unit – Environments
  • General Ecology
  • Hydrogeology
Teaching Unit – Introduction to Industrial Environmental Engineering (IEE)
  • Water Reporting
  • Initiation to Waste
  • Industrial and Society Sectors project
  • Project Steering
  • Introduction to Eco-Design
Teaching Unit – Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Surveys and Data Collection
  • Company Management
  • Portfolio
  • Collaborative Tools
Teaching Unit – Languages
  • English
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Second Foreign Language: German/Spanish/English (project)
Teaching Unit – Mathematics and IT
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Programming
Teaching Unit – Physics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Thermics
Teaching Unit – Life Sciences and Study of Environments
  • Applied Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Pedology
  • Toxicology
Teaching Unit – Engineering Sciences
  • Manufacturing Process Impacts
  • Process Engineering
  • Material Transfer
Teaching Unit – Industrial Environmental Engineering
  • Chemistry Practical Work – Refresher Course
  • Water Management
  • Water Characterization Practical Work
  • Environmental Management
  • Waste Treatment and Collection
  • Indicators and Assessments
  • Best Techniques Available
Teaching Unit – Sustainable Development
  • Energy Issues
  • Environmental Law
  • Introduction to Innovation
  • Green Day
Teaching Unit – Community Activities
Teaching Unit – Languages
  • English
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Second Foreign Language: German/Spanish/English (project)
Teaching Unit – Literature Review
Teaching Unit – Internship
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.

Supervised research and engineering work for companies is most often carried out at the school, in groups of 3 to 6 students, mentored by a teacher.

« State of the art » project – Third year engineering students

Research work and summary of literature to review existing knowledge or techniques in a specific field.

Examples: osmotic power and comparison with renewable energies, development of bacteria in drinking water distribution system biofilms, etc.

Implementation period: December to June.

 

« Operation » project – fourth-year engineering students

Conduct a techno-economic study in the waste or water field: analysis of requirements, drafting of specifications, response and development of a technical solution, economic analysis.

Implementation period: September to April.

Engineering project – fifth-year engineering students in collaboration with Bachelor’s/third-year students

Research and Development work by final year engineering program students, supervised by associate professors and in partnership with companies and institutions. When innovative enough, this work can result in patents being filed.

Examples: decontamination processes, energy efficiency, clean technologies and eco-design.

Implementation time: 700 hours from September to February.

The work needed to complete the engineering project corresponds to the research areas and specific requirements of companies in the environmental field. The research findings remain the property of the company partnering the project. The methodology implemented for this project may lead to publications, or be used for courses taught at UniLaSalle.

The main objectives of these projects are: carrying out scientific experiments, in-depth study of certain processes and techniques, management of a team project, analysis of findings, etc. They also enable students to put specific areas of study related to the environment, such as process control, eco-design, development of environmental impacts, pollution prevention and energy performance of buildings, into practice.

The public oral presentation of the research also enables students to make themselves known to companies in the environmental sector, school partners, alumni and enhance their employability.

Spend part of the program abroad

Students on the engineering program are able to spend up to 2 semesters abroad, at a partner institution. Each semester is validated by 30 ECTS credits and replaces the same semester of the engineering program. The School offers courses at over 50 partner universities.

This option is available:

  • from semester 5, for students who took the integrated preparatory program at UniLaSalle
  • from semester 6 for other students
Undertake an internship abroad

The engineering internships abroad mainly concern 4th and 5th year students.

For final-year students, this internship can be part of the international volunteer program (VIE). Students work for a French company abroad for one year. Often, this initial experience leads to employment.

For more information

Please contact Thomas Hull,
International Relations Coordinator
thomas.hull@unilasalle.fr
+33 (0)2 99 05 88 08

How to join the Master’s program in Environmental Engineering
Post high school admission

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.

Transfer 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)
Career opportunities after the Master’s program in Environmental Engineering

Structures that hire environmental engineers

Eco-industrial companies

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

 

Industrial or service companies

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.

Public or private institutions

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.

 

Research centers, consultancy firms, auditors

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.

 

Further study at UniLaSalle

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.

More information on this page

Career opportunities for Environmental Engineers
Main fields

assessing environmental impacts,

management and the environment, HQE, HSE

managing and treating water,

managing and processing waste,

producing and distributing energy, renewable energies, energy savings

managing and treating airborne effluents,

product eco-design, life cycle assessment

clean technologies or eco-processes

ecosystems and environments

construction

sustainable development

Main jobs

Manager, Department Head, Senior Manager

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Research Leader

Eco-process Development Coordinator

Environmental Consultant

Environmental Policy Steering and Implementation Coordinator

QSE Manager

Environmental Project Manager

Environmental Manager

Pollution Prevention and Treatment Solution Steering and Implementation Coordinator