M2 Computations in Coastal Engineering (CCE)

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M2 Computations in Coastal Engineering (CCE)





 The CCE path focuses on the modeling, simulation and measurements of waves and their impact on the coast in the context of coastal risks. Topics extensively studied include, wave mechanics,wave modeling, waves interactions with structures. 

A specific focus is put on numerical methods and open source computational tools commonly used in this field including : 

Telemac 2D, Artemis, OPENFOAM, BOSZ (Boussinesq wave model), Cast3M (finite element structure model).

This track belongs to the international master’s degree in Physics and Simulation in Civil Engineering which offers multidisciplinary key courses to achieve an advanced specialist level in the aforementioned fields.

It is suited for students planning both an academic or an industrial career and provides the theoretical basis and the practical expertise required to pursue in research or R&D structures or companies in the field of coastal engineering and coastal risks.

The master is fully taught in English and is hosted at ISA BTP Engineering School in the French Basque coast area (Anglet, France).




  • Prepare students at an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges in  coastal engineering and coastal risks,
  • Develop engineering research skills to engage in quality and successful research,
  • Prepare students for leading positions in industry and government Research and Development departments.

Knowledge and skills

At the end of this program, the students in the "Computations in Coastal Engineering Master" will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of a solid body of knowledge and skills in engineering science to solve relevant problems,
  • Design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data,
  • Review, analyze, and interpret the body of scientific literature, contemporary issues and innovations in physics and civil engineering area,
  • Produce quality research,
  • Carry out a research project to understand a physical phenomenon pertaining to civil engineering, coastal engineering, geomechanics or physics of porous media.

Additional information

International Welcome Desk




Training content



Introduction to water waves mechanics


Modeling in Coastal Engineering


·      Non linear shallow water equations

·      Berkhoff equation and other wave agitation models

·      Numerical project (Telemac2D, ARTEMIS)


Advanced modeling in Coastal Engineering


·      Boussinesq and Green Naghdi models

·      Wave models based on Navier-Stokes equations

·      Spectral wave models

·      Numerical project (BOSZ, SWAN, OPENFOAM)


Solid mechanics and computational modelling


  • Basics of Continnum Mechanics
  • Space and time discretisation
  • Computational modelling and CAST3M practical project




·      French or Spanish as a Foreign Langage






Research internship


Example of research internship topics offered:

  • Numerical modeling of wave tranformation and reflection over the Artha breakwater
  • Wave Resonance Amplifications around an Island
  • Simulation and measurements of flip-through impact in wet dam breaking



Access condition

Academic requirement

Applicants must hold at least a 4-year university degree in Engineering,Science or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English has to take a recognized international English test.

Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English

Inscription modalities


Regarding national administrative university enrollment fees: the French Ministerial Order of April 19, 2019, amended on June 9, 2020, sets the annual tuition for extra-European students enrolling in a Master program at €3770.

For the academic year 2021-2022, conditions and procedures for requesting partial reduction of these fees will be updated in February 2021, once the newly elected board and councils of the UPPA is in place and deliberates about this question.

Should the reduction fee be applied, the enrollment fees would amount to 640 euros for extra-European students.

Candidates who have taken a break of more than two years from their studies are not subject to paying the CVEC, however they need to contact the UPPA’s Continuing Education service (formation continue) in order to request a personalized quote regarding their tuition. 

And after

Further studies

  • Coastal engineering, Civil engineering
  • Research and R&D structures
  • PhD student and R&D Engineer


Other contacts

Pr Stéphane Abadie

stephane.abadie @ univ-pau.fr

More info

Type of education

  • Foreign students
  • Ongoing training
  • Initial training

Internship Mandatory (5 months)

From November 10, 2020 to April 19, 2021

Teaching start
September 1, 2020