Civil and structural engineering


When they move into the 2nd year, engineering students can choose a program provided by the Civil and Structural Engineering (GCC) Department on project management, construction site organization, designing, innovating, and developing new techniques. The Civil and Structural Engineering Department trains design and structural engineers with a global approach to projects, strong scientific skills and a solid technical grounding.


There is more building going on in the world today than ever before (whole cities in certain emerging countries, offshore construction, transit networks…). Urban density demands the invention of entirely new solutions, for both buildings and infrastructures (very tall skyscrapers, urban infrastructure networks…).

Needs are evolving, engendering constructions that are unprecedented in both function and size (mega-stadia, giant airports, high-speed rail networks, etc.).

The environmental impact of construction is such that a profound technical transformation is needed (reduction in energy costs, recycling facilities…). Phenomena like soil erosion, pollution, and subsidence are increasingly common; overcoming them requires significant development in soil mechanics and the associated techniques. New materials (very high-resistance concrete and steel, composites) and new, IT-related calculation methods are emerging, transforming structural design.

The relationship between society and technology has changed. Close attention to the context, to the environment, and to users is now demanded, which means that engineers have to be able to explain, negotiate and to debate in order to implement the most appropriate technical solutions. These crucial changes call for design and structural engineers of the highest caliber, capable of handling complexity in a multidisciplinary approach.

Employment prospects

A qualification from the Civil and Structural Engineering Department opens up employment opportunities in all sectors of construction (building, public works, engineering works, geotechnical engineering, structures, maritime engineering, energy infrastructures…) and access to numerous careers: urban development, project management, project design, building contractor, research and development, methods.

Partner laboratories

The Civil and Structural Engineering Department works closely with the following research labs:

  • Laboratoire Navier
  • IFSTTAR (French Institute of transportation, spatial planning, and infrastructure sciences and technologies)
  • Laboratoire GSA (Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture)

The three options proposed 

  • Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering: this structures and architecture option stands at the interface between architecture and engineering, and brings together students and courses from both ENPC and ENSAVT Marne-la-Vallée. It provides preparation for a double degree in structural engineering.
  • Research Engineer: the three Masters research courses can be follow in the 3rd year: MMS (Mechanics of Materials and Structures), MSROE (Mechanics of Soils, Rocks and Structures in their Environment), and SMCD (Materials Sciences for Sustainable Construction).

Program structure

The objectives of the GCC course are achieved through:

  • teaching of the theoretical foundations of mechanics and dynamics, applied to structures, soils, and fluids;
  • a choice of further work on geotechnics, marine structures, the structures or energy properties of buildings, combining theoretical courses and experiment;
  • two long projects (building, bridge, port, road, or dam) involving technical experiment and the learning of design methods;
  • instruction on a wide range of more specific topics, covering all aspects of civil engineering and construction, as chosen by the student (structures exposed to particular risks, advanced dynamics, the physics of fires, metal constructions, railways, airports infrastructures, reinforced and prestressed concrete, construction project management);
  • seminars and trips: introduction to geology and construction materials, studies of how structures fit into their environment, innovation in certain technical fields.

The programs in each curriculum

  • Engineering curriculum : Masters program and additional integrated program 
  • Architectural engineering curriculum : Structural engineering and architecture program

Access to a very wide range of sectors

  • Construction
  • Public works
  • Engineering structures
  • Geotechnics
  • Structures
  • Marine engineering
  • Energy-related structures

Access to particular careers 

  • Development
  • Project management
  • Engineering design
  • Building contractor
  • Research & development
  • Methods


Head of the Department

Jean-Michel PEREIRA 
Assistant of the Head of the Department

Aphrodite MICHALI
Academic director

Inspector of studies
Tel. : 01 64 15 39 82