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Materials Science and Engineering
Hosted by PSL’s three engineering schools (MINES ParisTech, Chimie Paristech and ESPCI Paris), the Master in Materials Science and Engineering also, for some tracks, involves cross-over with École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), Université Paris-Dauphine, and institutions outside PSL.
- Confer the experimental and theoretical knowledge required to conceive and design innovative materials in accordance with detailed specifications, and to improve the performance of existing materials and predict their lifespan.
- Establish the link between processes of development, synthesis and layout, (micro)structures, and structural and/or functional properties.
Curriculum and tracks
The program includes an M1 year (60 ECTS) and an M2 year (60 ECTS). Some courses are joint courses with the engineering programs of partner institutions.
- M1 with common core + 1 area of specialization of the student’s choice (physics/chemistry/mechanics) + 1 internship (2-3 months)
- M2 with 3 possible tracks to choose from:
Materials Design and Innovation, Mechanics of Materials for Engineering and Structural Integrity (MAGIS), Microfluidics.
For more information, see the “Curriculum” tab
Who should apply?
Year one (M1) of the Master’s in Materials Science and Engineering is open to students with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Year two (M2) of the Master’s in Materials Science and Engineering is open to students who have completed an M1 year in science and to students who have successfully completed their 2nd year of engineering.
This program is for students interested in a career in academia or the industrial sector, which most often requires a subsequent PhD.
Dual degree: Available (dual curriculum possible for student engineers at CHIMIE ParisTech and ESPCI Paris)
- Students can choose from 3 tracks: Materials Design and Innovation, Mechanics of Materials for Engineering and Structural Integrity (MAGIS), Physical Mechanics, Microfluidics.
- Cross-disciplinarity: The proposed approach is by nature cross-disciplinary (chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, mechanics), multi-level (from molecules and crystal structures to objects), and applies to different sets of materials (metal alloys, polymers, oxides, ceramics, biomaterials, etc.).
- International exposure: the MAGIS track can be taken in French or in English.
- Training in innovation through research: Over the two-year course of study, students will complete internships with academic or industrial research groups.
- Industry partners will lead classes and lecture series, provide site tours, and host internships.
This two-year program (120 ECTS) is divided into an M1 track (60 ECTS) and an M2 track (60 ECTS) chosen from 3 available tracks.
> MASTER’S YEAR 1
The M1 curriculum provides a common core of theoretical and experimental knowledge in materials required before any specialized study can begin. This includes generalist coursework in chemistry, physics, and mechanics of materials.
Students can begin to specialize by taking electives in any of these three disciplines, depending on which track they intend to follow in their M2 year.
Students also complete a two- to three-month internship and a research project.
> MASTER 2
7 different tracks are available at the M2 level:
- Materials Design and Innovation
This track provides an “integrated” perspective of various materials of the future, including synthetic processes, desired structure or architecture, and related physical properties. Students will also learn the physical and chemical properties of all main types of material (metals, ceramics, inorganic materials, polymers, etc.). At the close of this track of study, students should be able to come up with an appropriate and/or innovative material for an application described in specifications drawn up in partnership with additional stakeholders (designers, marketers, etc.).
- Mechanics of Materials for Engineering and Structural Integrity (MAGIS) involves shared courses with Arts et Métiers ParisTech and Université Paris Saclay.
This track provides an education in the mechanics of materials. It focuses on the relationships between processes, materials, microstructures, and mechanical properties for advanced industrial applications and innovative processes.
- Microfluidics involves shared courses with UPMC, Université Paris Diderot and Université Paris Saclay.
- This track provides training in the area of microfluidics (the science of flow at the micro scale) and in all areas involving fluids and micro/nanotechnologies. The curriculum therefore touches upon multiple fields, including fluid dynamics, physical chemistry, biology, and biotechnology. Students complete several practicums in micro/nanomanufacturing.
- Master’s Year 1: Students must have a Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor of Science degree (Chemistry, Physics, Mechanics, Engineering Science).
- Master’s Year 2: Students must have reached the M1 level in science, engineering students with a double major.
Online application through PSL portal.
- To apply in Master 1, please follow this link
- To apply in Master 2, please follow this link
- For ESPCI Paris and Chimie Paristech only, please follow this link to apply in M2 (double degree)
For M1 and M2 applications, two admissions procedures exist: early admission and regular admission. Submission deadlines:
- Early admission is mandatory for international candidates (outside the EU) and not living in France : from March 4, 2019 to May 27, 2019
- Regular admission: from March 4, 2019 to June 30, 2019
In preparing your application, please include the following:
Photocopy of both sides of your ID card (passport, residence permit, etc.); ID photo; Transcripts for the 6 semesters of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; Certificate of successful completion of Bachelor’s (+ M1 for students applying to the M2 year); CV; Cover letter explaining your interest in the program; Contact information for two academic references; Certification of French language skills for non-French speaking students applying to tracks taught in French (DELF, DALF, TCF, etc.); Certification of level of proficiency in English (TOEIC, TOEFL, etc. - optional).
The application portal will provide a detailed list of attachments required, which can be uploaded directly. Applications are 100% paperless.
Tuition fees are set by ministerial decree (€243 in 2018/19). Please note that you will also need to provide proof of payment for the CVEC (Student Life and Campus Fee) of €90. More information.
Institution for registration: Chimie ParisTech.
Degree issued: French Master’s degree delivered by Université PSL
Manager of the Master's : Cécilie DUHAMEL and Domitille GIAUME
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