Materials Science and Engineering

Program type : Initial Training
Degree : Master
Discipline(s) : Chemistry, Mechanics and Materials, Physics, Engineering Science
Place : Paris
Domains : Engineering, Fundamental Sciences
Teaching language : French, English
Internship required
Prerequisites : Bachelor

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.

Learning outcomes

  • 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 7 possible tracks to choose from:

Materials Design and Innovation, Materials Science for Biology and Medicine (BioMAT), Materials for Energy and Transport (MET), Mechanics of Materials for Engineering and Structural Integrity (MAGIS), Physical Mechanics, Microfluidics, Sustainable Materials and Processes.
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 7 tracks: Materials Design and Innovation, Materials Science for Biology and Medicine (BioMAT), Materials for Energy and Transport (MET), Mechanics of Materials for Engineering and Structural Integrity (MAGIS), Physical Mechanics, Microfluidics, Sustainable Materials and Processes.
  • 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 BioMAT track is taught exclusively in English. 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 7 available tracks.


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.


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.).
  • Materials Science for Biology and Medicine (BioMAT)
    This track is an available specialization in the BioMedical Engineering Master’s program and involves cross-over with Université Paris Descartes and Arts et Métiers ParisTech. The track educates students in applied research through applied research in biomaterials, from the biomolecular level (proteins, lipids, etc.) to the macroscopic level of prostheses.
  • Materials for Energy and Transport (MET) involves cross-over with Université Paris Saclay. This track provides students a thorough education in the physical and chemical properties and mechanics of materials. Particular focus is placed on learning the characteristics of and use of specific materials for commissioned applications in diverse environments. The materials studied are for use in a variety of fields, including nuclear, new technologies, and transportation.
  • 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.
  • Physical Mechanics involves shared courses with UPMC, Université Paris Diderot and Université Paris Saclay.
    This track is a response to increasing demand in academia and industry alike and trains future researchers with combined expertise in formal mechanics, the physical and chemical properties of materials, and the ability to approach complex problems using a straightforward, formal process for quickly extracting key aspects and proposing innovative solutions.
  • 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.
  • Sustainable Materials and Processes
    This track focuses on creating materials for sustainable development. Students are exposed to a broad array of techniques, from the most ancient (historical heritage materials) to the most modern (use of thin layers, for example). Coursework includes the study of resource limitations, substitutes for polluting compounds, the environment, technical shaping, social acceptability, and the need to create solutions with the proper esthetic and sensory characteristics. Combined, these areas of focus provide students the multidisciplinary technical knowledge necessary for manufacturing materials for our shared environment. Students learn about how materials behave throughout their full life cycle, with focus on ecodesign, sustainability, and recycling.
    Students in the second year of the Master’s program complete an internship (four months minimum) at a university or industry research laboratory.          


  • 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.

Admission process

Online application through PSL portal.

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 12, 2018 to May 31, 2018
  • Regular admission: from March 12, 2018 to June 30, 2018

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

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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