Training content

This master programme provides advanced training on the typical problems of free-surface hydrodynamics applied to ocean engineering: ship resistance, seakeeping, marine renewable energy systems, etc.

Training involves theoretical courses together with the practical use of software to solve problems through a variety of numerical methods: e.g. boundary elements under potential flow or finite differences and finite-volumes for viscous flows. The unique academic large-scale facilities available at ECN: a towing tank and a large ocean wave basin will also contribute to the teaching programme. This way, physical, modeling, numerical and experimental aspects are studied.

Specific contribution to MRE


  • Build and use models dedicated to hydrodynamics for ocean engineering
  • Define and perform experiments for free-surface hydrodynamics problems
  • Solve numerically free surface problems for ocean engineering applications


  • Identify models, perform simulation and analyse results
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys from international research and professional literature
  • Manage or be part of a project

Professional skills

SECTOR: Transportation, Renewable Energy, Classification societies, Civil Engineering, Research and Innovation, Consulting.
FIELDS: Marine Renewable Energies, Maritime Transportation, Offshore Engineering, Naval shipyards, Coastal engineering.
JOB POSITIONS: Research and Innovation Engineer, Design Office Engineer, Exploitation Engineer, Mechanical Engineer.

This Master relies on the Centrale Nantes’ faculty, staff and research facilities of the LHEEA Laboratory. Centrale Nantes has several industrial partnerships such as with Bureau Veritas, DCNS, STX, IDeol, Technip, SAIPEM, etc.