Semester in Materials and Structure Design in Civil Engineering

IMT Nord Europe has developed a range of programs provided in English.

International students get the opportunity to study semesters totally taught in English.


General Objectives

The courses aim to upskill in the field of properties of construction materials as concrete, (fresh and hardened state), the main formulation parameters, the rheology of binders for construction, and standard tools (EN206), microstructure of the materials.

Then the lectures that teach the designing of concrete structures, metal frames constructions wherein design calculation methods and sizing will be studied will take place. The general principles of EC7 for the design of foundations and soils study with practical examples will be taught. The course on the Smart home, BIM, and new construction techniques will focus on tools to design and develop projects using the latest techniques based on data for construction, new construction methods, and techniques. To prepare engineering students to join companies later, factory visits and construction sites visits are organized.

The courses also make it possible to integrate an initiation into research with a research project that will be conducted on an identified research subject and under the supervision of one or more teacher-researchers. The project will be based on numerical and/or experimental methods. This exercise will stand for the students as a first experience in the field of research and will be the opportunity to interact with research teams.

The proposed course aims to consolidate skills in the field of construction materials and design.

At the end of the course, students can:

  • Study materials and prepare formulations
  • Use concrete formulation and optimization methods
  • Calculate and design simple reinforced concrete or metal structures
  • Use Eurocodes 0, 1, 2 and 3
  • Design and modeling of structures using the power of BIM
  • Perform experimental tests and characterization on construction materials
  • Use civil engineering design software
  • Understand a scientific and research approach
  • Conduct the identification of physicochemical, mineralogical, mechanical properties, etc.

Evaluations are conducted at the end of each period with dedicated exams or project defense or report.



To apply to this exchange semester, we require that you hold at least a Bachelor of Science or equivalent (B.Eng., Licence scientifique, etc.)

Besides, you need to have a B2 level in English. And you must provide a document attesting your English language knowledge (TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS…)

Application Deadline

We advise that you start as early as possible, it may take time to gather all supporting documents necessary to your application.

The application deadline is June 15th, 2023 for next intake in Fall 2023.

Selection Procedure

Step 1: The Admission Team reviews your application documents together with the submitted application form. If your application is selected for further consideration, we will notify you by e-mail and give instructions on the next step to take.

Step 2: You will be interviewed by the International department and the programme coordinator (videoconference).

Step 3: Following the interview process, a feedback will be given to all students. If you are admitted to IMT Nord Europe, congratulations and welcome!

Download the application form


Binders, Concretes, and admixtures + Rheology of building materials
Introduction of material science and engineering
Soil physics, Rheology, and Geotechnical design

Metal frame design
Reinforced concrete design basics

Smart home and BIM
Research initiation project 1
Visits 1

New materials and technologies for construction
Research initiation Project 2
Visits 2

During the whole semester, students follow a weekly 2-hour French course (specific for international students), corresponding to 2 ECTS.

Head teacher
Jacques Boonaert


International Relations Direction

Laurent Baudry