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Materials Science specialization

Specializing in materials science allows students to acquire a wide knowledge of chemistry and physics. This double skills set ensures that they have complete technological mastery of manufacturing processes, from the initial material to the finished product. Whether steel, glass, ceramics or polymers, materials are present everywhere in industry as well as in mass-market products. It is also a flourishin sector of activity in terms of innovation. The course has been designed to fit the expectations of industry recruiters in this sector. Therefore, it involves mastering development processes, learning the analysis and characterization techniques for materials and reconciling the study of their mechanical, physical and chemical properties.


Materials, design, characterization, physicochemical analysis, metallurgy, polymers, glass, ceramics, composites, engineer



Graduate engineers from this school have a very good knowledge of materials and of instrumentation.

They can choose from a wide range of job opportunities in production, R&D, studies, quality control, recycling and environment, marketing, commerce, buying.

They can work in all industrial sectors: metallurgy, chemistry, nuclear, new materials and biomaterials, railway, automobile, marine and nautical, aeronautics and space, glass, ceramics, composites, analysis laboratories, polymers (paint, glue, detergents, etc.).



This course requires a very good level of physics and chemistry.


  • Atoms, chemical bonding and cristallography
  • Inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Business, economic life and English
  • Computer science and modeling
  • Mathematics and probabilities
  • Fluid and soldi mechanics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • 4 week work placement


  • Applied electrochemistry and interfaces
  • Human organization in companies and English
  • Physical properties and materials mechanics
  • Materials, minerals, powders and colloids
  • Spectroscopies (NMR, mass, RX, RPE, IR...)
  • Synthesis and physicochemistry of polymers
  • Applied thermmodynamics and metallurgy
  • 8 week work placement


  • Choice of specialization
  • End of studies work placement (20 to 24 weeks)
  • Dissertation and its defence

Two specialization options:

  • Materials (with a choice of modules)

- Glass, nanomaterials
- Components for electronics

  • Materials with specific properties

- Characterization (with a choice of modules)
- Separative methods
- Sample preparation

Well-targeted public

-    Students studying at the polytech engineering schools (PeiP), where students undertake preparatory studies for the schools that are in the Polytech network.
-    Selective recruitment.

In year 3
students who have validated a bac + 2 diploma (L1, L2) students in preparatory classes for the grandes écoles (CPGE).

In year 4
Students who have successfully completed their M1.



Person responsible

Administrative coordinator

Spécialité matériaux
Boîte courrier 135
4, place Jussieu 75252 Paris Cedex 05

phone number (33)

e-mail address : mtx-polytech@upmc.fr
Person responsible for the schooling department
Brion Rose-Marie

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