Civil engineering degree : the second year

For Mines Paris – PSL, training in 21st century engineering means preparing its graduates to become key players in sustainable, social and human development and to become entrepreneurs of digital transformation, both in France and internationally.


Mobility and experience

Modularity for international mobility, within Université PSL, in engineering, research or entrepreneurship

The second year of the Civil Engineering curriculum is based on a modular structure that allows engineering students to explore new horizons.

This approach means that students can devote part of their second year to an academic semester abroad, to discovering the world of research in a Mines Paris or Université PSL laboratory, or to trying an entrepreneurship experience.

In addition to taking part in Engineering projects, benefiting from a wide range of specialized courses and gaining international work experience, those who wish to do so can take advantage of the modularity offered by the gap-year program to carry out a personal project, or even engage for a double-diploma.

Mines Paris-PSL Department of Studies has set up an ad hoc organization to help each student make his or her educational choices. For those wishing to complete the second year of the 1-year curriculum, the following three courses are available:


In the case of a double degree or a gap-year project, the 2A extends over two years in two ways:


The generalist nature of the curriculum is therefore also reflected in project-based training, research-based training, international training and disciplinary openness for all Civil Engineering students.

At Mines Paris-PSL, during the two semesters of the second year of the Civil Engineering program, students are required to complete :


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Focus on the engineering trimesters

The engineering trimesters can be chosen from 8 different projects:


  • MOVIE Project (Virtual Worlds, Technology and Society)
    Prepare students for the challenges of interactive real-time 3D immersive virtual environments, or VR & AR for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, by designing a real-time 3D interactive application.

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  • MECATRO Project (Mechatronics)
    Understand the problems associated with the design and production of technical systems, integrating mechanics, electronics and industrial computing in a balanced way.
  • MOLONARI project
    To enable students to develop an acquisition chain from the sensor to the control station for monitoring exchanges between a river and a water table.
  • MobApp project (Mobile Application Development)
    Enable students to explore the mobile application environment, taking into account both technical and marketing aspects.
  • IDS  project (Intelligent and Digital Systems)
    Encourage students to create a cyber-physical system. These are increasingly complex embedded systems, often linked by networks and physical interfaces.
  • MECAERO Project (Aerodynamic Structure Design)
    Train students in modern design and optimization tools in the fields of mechanics of materials and structures, and aerodynamics.
  • Underwater Project
    Work with students to design underwater equipment to preserve the oceans.
  • Undersolar project
    Involve students in low-tech engineering projects involving solar thermal or thermodynamic concentration.