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Ecology / ecological engineering

General description and objectives (September to December - level Master 2)

Since 2005, environmental concerns have accelerated the recruitment of professionals in the fields of ecology and the environment.

The specialisation in ecology/ecological engineering (3A), developed in 2020 at ENGEES, aims at mastering a wide range of skills necessary to meet the current demand. This semester covers both aquatic environments (freshwater) and the terrestrial environments associated with them. The objective is to offer students the opportunity to acquire know-how in ecological engineering, restoration of environments, management and conservation of natural areas, community ecology and land use planning in connection with the Green and Blue Belt competence.

The teaching team also promotes a strengthening of cross-disciplinary skills leading to professional know-how in this field: convincing, arguing and taking a critical look. The acquisition of this knowledge/skills thus builds a versatile and sought-after profile combining skills in the professional field of water and ecology. 

One of the strengths of this thematic semester lies in its vision on different scales: 

- Large scale: geography, landscapes 

- Very small scale: the bed of a river (precise calculations in a very short time)

Coordinator : STAENTZEL Cybill


This semester does not require specific knowledge in ecology. Nevertheless, it is necessary to have knowledge in hydrology, water quality, bioindication, ecosystems, river hydrosystems, urban planning, restoration, hydrology of the environments or even in geography or urban engineering. 

For ENGEES students: having followed the pre-specialisation courses in S8

The positions available following the specialisation in ecological engineering are for example environmental project manager, environmental/biodiversity project manager, environmental expert engineer, ecology engineer or environmental project manager

Teaching Units

Teaching UnitsDetailsECTSNumber of teaching hoursNumber of teaching hours (apprentices)
UE specific to the ecology / ecological engineering semester
Species and ecosystem managementThe objective is to master the protection status of spaces and species. It also involves understanding the issues and mechanisms for applying the "Avoid, Reduce and Compensate impacts" sequence. The protection and conservation of natural environments are governed by management documents within which action priorities are established with a group of stakeholders.33434
Territorial coherence and landscape continuityThe general objective is to identify the challenges of a land development project and propose operational strategies, taking into consideration the objectives of sustainable development and biodiversity issues.34444
Ecological restorationThe general objective is to mobilise the theoretical knowledge acquired in restoration and conservation ecology in order to take an operational and critical look at environmental engineering or restoration operations in progress. The aim of the in situ visits is to facilitate dialogue with the actors and to appropriate the problems.33636
Theoretical and quantitative ecologyThe general objective of this course is to acquire knowledge in theoretical and quantitative ecology. This knowledge is then mobilised to respond to environmental problems. The existing tools (statistical and simulation software) are studied in depth and this learning aims to increase efficiency in the processing of biological/ecological data.34343
UE shared with other courses
Territorial Management of the Environment and Risks

- To know the institutional and economic instruments of public action to manage water 

-Understand the social, political and economic dimensions of extreme situations: floods, water shortages and conflicts of use 

- Understand, thanks to foresight, what technical choices on water say about societal choices, and conversely, understand the links between scientific rigour and political pragmatism

Ecological Engineering

- To present the concepts, methods and mathematical models for optimising the ecosystem services of aquatic environments through the restoration of watercourses, the treatment of diffuse pollution in artificial wetlands and the extensive treatment of domestic and industrial effluents 

- Address the notion of ecosystem services and raise awareness of the notion of ecological engineering

- Address the technical aspects of ecological engineering (natural environment, diffuse pollution, tertiary treatment) and the solutions provided by nature for stormwater management.

- Extensive wastewater treatment, diffuse pollution treatment, ecosystem services and ecological engineering

- Ability to identify the ecosystem services associated with aquatic environments, the techniques to be implemented in a case study and to evaluate the scope of the project

Technological Project/ Company ProjectThe tutored project is a group work (3 students per team) which responds to a professional problematic of a company or community on very varied subjects. A teacher-researcher supervises the students' work to guarantee the scientific validity of the project. The project is monitored jointly by the company and the school.3120 

Common core

Teaching UnitsDetailsECTSNumber of teaching hoursNumber of teaching hours (apprentices)
Advanced Project ManagementAdvanced project management, Life cycle analysis328


Career Exploration and Professional Development 3Job preparation, Professional forums, Professional project support03030
Personal and Professional Development 3Management and Leadership level 3118X
Company project / Technological project 6X0