M.Sc. Hydraulic Engineering

Grenoble Institute of Technology

Application deadline: May 15
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,250 / Year (EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The fresh water resources of our planet must be managed more efficiently each day and in a sustainable way.

This programme aims at training specialists in both the public and private sectors capable of adressing today's and future issues and needs in hydraulic and civil engineering, hydraulic works and infrastructures, hydrology, and water resources management.

This Master programme is dedicated to developing scientific and technological knowledge. It is characterized by a high degree of scientific specialization in a particular area of study. Our Master is designed to prepare students for engineering activities such as design, running and maintenance of dams, hydraulic engineering works, hydroelectric facilities, flood management, water supply, drainage and sewer in urban areas.

The programme draws on theoretical, experimental technological and numerical methods. The training is supported by a staff from associated research laboratories (3SR, LEGI and LTHE) and practitioners from industrial partners


The career prospects for the graduates are very good as the whole program is designed to provide industry oriented training in a scientific environment. Graduates may join the industry or may like to pursue PhD programmes in one of the associated research laboratories or join other universities all over the world.


The Master of Hydraulic Engineering is dedicated to developing scientific and technological knowledge. It is characterized by a high degree of scientific specialization in a particular area of study. The principal vocation of our Master is designed to prepare students for engineering activities (design, running and maintenance) of structures and grids used for the collection, the treatment, the storage and the distribution of water.

The programme emphasizes the following focus areas: Experimental and numerical methods, constitutive modelling, physical modelling, numerical modelling and structural engineering, water treatment and ressource. The training is supported by researchers from associated research laboratories and practitioners from industrial partners


Master 1st year :

Semester 1

French culture and language

  • Intensive french language (before the start of courses)

  • French culture I

  • French language for sciences I

Solid Mechanics

  • Continuum mechanics and constitutive laws

  • Finite element method

Hydrology and process

  • Physical and chemical treatments for water

  • Hydrological aspects in project


  • Hydraulics of pressurized flows

  • Measures in fluid mechanics


  • Modelling of soils and structures

  • Reinforced and prestressed concrete

Applied structural analysis

Semester 2

French culture and language

  • French culture II

  • French language for sciences II

Project management

  • Impact analysis

  • Engineering studies and project management

Advanced hydraulics

  • Underground hydraulics

  • Free surface hydraulics

  • Components and circuits in hydraulics

Advanced infrastructures

  • Geomechanics

  • Structural dynamics

Training period

Master 2nd year :

Semester 3

River hydraulics and flood risk

  • Hydrological models

  • Transient free surface flows

  • Solid transport

  • Project in hydraulics/hydrology

Applied hydraulics and infrastructuresStructural design

  • Rock mechanics and underground structures

  • Non linear behaviour of materials

  • Dam design

  • Geotechnics for structures

Option 1 : Urban hydrology and water quality

  • Urban study

  • Biological treatment for water

  • Water quality: impact and modelling

  • Applied study

Option 2 : Natural hazards and structures

  • Earthquake engineering

  • Durability and vulnerability of structures

  • Structural instrumentation

  • Gravity motion

Master Thesis

The final semester is exclusively dedicated to the End of Studies Project.
This occurs from February to June, either overseas or in France, in a research laboratory or in industry.

This allows students to use the methods and knowledge they have acquired in a professional environment. They will experience engineering working methods and learn how to manage a project, test solutions and develop their autonomy and initiative.


  • You can apply at the 1st year of the master if you have a Bachelor degree in either Science (BSc) or Engineering (BEng) including courses in hydraulic, mechanical and civil Engineering
  • You can apply directly at the 2nd year of the master if you have a Master degree or a 4 years of higher education level



National degree accredited by the French government


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