Master Risques et environnement - Water and Wind Engineering


The objective of the international Master Water and Wind Engineering is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the general field of environmental fluid mechanics, and then to provide them with the opportunity to specialise in one particular aspect.

Environmental fluid mechanics is indeed an important element of most large infrastructure projects (impact of wind on structures, transport and dispersion of pollutants in the atmosphere, flooding of urban areas, erosion of our coastlines...). The various predictions for the consequences of climate change all suggest that extreme events are likely to become more frequent and more intense. There is therefore a continuing need for highly-trained engineers, capable of understanding and modelling these phenomena in all their complexity.

In the second year of the programme students will have the possibility to specialise in one area of water and wind engineering, either by following a taught programme offered by one of our partner institutions, or through an internship in one of the partner laboratories.

This Masters programme is constructed on the basis of long-standing research collaboration between several of the partners, and a shared desire to make the collective knowledge and experience that we have acquired available to engineering students as they begin to embark on their career. A significant proportion of the teaching programme is dedicated to laboratory work, giving students the opportunity to collaborate in small groups, working with  a wide range of experimental installations and facilities. Much of the practical work is based on small group projects, to encourage collaborative work and to facilitate student integration. The international structure of the programme is born out of a shared belief in the importance of including an international dimension in the training of tomorrow’s engineers.


This international master's programme is taught entirely in English. All courses in semester 1 are offered on the campus of Ecully (Centrale Lyon). Some of the programmes in Semesters 2 and 3 are offered by partner establishments. This master is taught in partnership with 5 international higher education institutions (Instituto Politecnico di Torino, Università di Genova, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, University of Surrey, Budapest University of Technology and Economics) and supported by 6 major international research laboratories (LMFA, DIATI, GS-WinDyn, KIT IFH, Centre for Aerodynamics and Environmental Flow, University of Surrey and Department of Hydraulic and Water Resources engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics).

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The course is divided into 4 semesters

Semester 1: Core Programme

  • Mathematical and Numerical Tools for Engineers
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Environmental Risks, Economics and Legislation
  • Project Management

Semester 2: Elective Courses

A selection of elective courses providing an introduction to the 2nd year specialisation, including, but not limited to:

  • Introduction to Meteorology and Oceanography
  • Physics and Modelling of Free Surface flows
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Space Physics and Solar-Terrestrial Coupling
  • Wind turbines
  • Order, chaos and fractals

Semester 3: Specialisation

Students choose a specialisation, either at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon or with one of the partner institutions. The general themes of the specialization are:

  • Atmospheric Pollution and air quality
  • Building aerodynamics and wind engineering*
  • River hydraulics
  • Surface water quality*
  • Urban hydrology and hydraulics*

*Due to open in M2 in the academic year 2023-24.

Semester 4: Internship

An internship, either in industry or in one of the participating laboratories.

Dual Registration

Dual registration : Engineering students from the Ecole Centrale Lyon (Ecully), in the final year of the Engineering degree programme, can enrol in the second year of this master’s programme. They will follow most of the masters courses, and can replace some of the Engineering degree courses with course from the Master.

Career paths

The main employment opportunities for graduates from his programme will be: doctoral research, national research  establishments, civil and mechanical consulting engineers, local authorities and regulatory authorities.

Applications for the academic year 2024-2025


  • Master 1: license or bachelor in a scientific subject related to the themes of the master. English level B2.
  • Master 2: M1 passed in a subject related to the subjects of the master. English level B2.


Centrale Lyon applies differentiated national rights. The rates and additional costs can be viewed by clicking here.

Students from/from Outside the European Union

See page "International Master"

Documents you must provide

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of your passport or identity document
  • Passport or identity photo
  • An academic reference from one of your professors, from the last year of your latest academic programme
  • A reference from your employer if you are not currently registered as a student
  • Transcript of your academic results for the current year (Bachelor or Masters programme) and for all the preceding years of your university programmes.
  • Copy of the last degree certificate that you were awarded
  • English language certificate, level B2 – intermediate/advanced (Minimum levels : IELTS 5.0, TOIEC 400, EFSET 51, TOEFL IBT 72, Cambridge FCE, CECR B2, ILR 2, ACTFL Advanced mid, CLB 7, TOEIC 605) or documentary evidence of a minimum of three years of full time education conducted in the English language.