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Science of Materials, Nanomaterials and Multimaterials


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Degree level: LMD/Master 2
Field(s) of education LMD: Science - technologies - health
Major(s): Materials
Specialisations: Science of materials - nanomaterials and multimaterials
Outgoing level: Master level
Localisation: TOULOUSE
Nature: leads to a qualification - national degree
Possible in: initial course / Continuing education/ VAE (accreditation for work experience)


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The specialisation offers 3 course choices:
- Functional materials,
- Durability of structural materials,
- Materials in conditions of use (courses in Romania).

This specialisation is co-certified by engineering schools (INPT-ENSIACET, ENIT, Mines d'Albi) and by UPS. It mainly aims at preparing the graduates to complete a PhD thesis. 

During the M2R, the students acquire or broaden the essential knowledge for the creation (synthesis, elaboration, shaping) of new families of materials, nanomaterials or multimaterials, for specific structures or functions, the structural characterisation, the control of micro-structures, the measure and control of their mechanical and physical properties during the fabrication process or during the use of the parts and systems made (durability of structures and systems, evolution of use properties).

The objective is to train graduates able to adapt  to different interdisciplinary courses in the field of materials. Yet it avoids specialising the students too much to prevent closing them the access to the numerous activity sectors concerned.


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  • Admissions only based on application file.
  • For the students in double curriculum (engineering school/M2R) registrations are done in their school. The application has to be submitted during the registration in 3rd year of the engineering curriculum.
  • For students in single curriculum M2R the required course is the Master 1 in Materials or an equivalent (for foreign students). The application has to be submitted on the website of Université Paul Sabatier, section "S'inscrire".


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Scientific and technical skills

Some aspects are more or less covered within depth according to the curriculum chosen by the student:

  • creating new materials: metals and alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites (CMO, CMM, CMC) or nanocomposites,
  • implementing new methods of materials' fabrication or improve the existing methods,
  • improving the use properties of existing materials by a close control of their microstructure,
  • knowing how to change the method or the fabrication parameters to achieve your goals,
  • studying the behaviour of materials in use (fatigue, durability, corrosion, abrasion, ...)
  • mastering the techniques to analyse materials, to study their structure and micro-structure, to measure their mechanical and functional properties.


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Common course

The semester 9 is a common course of 5 academic units and 18 ECTS.

Download the syllabus of the common course (.PDF in French).

Three course choices

After the semester 9, the different establishments offer different course choices (three in total, P1, P2, P3, 12 ECTS) which are specific to the establishment and are intended for their students.

P1. Functional materials

  • 1a. : Polymers, Ceramics and coatings (Université Paul Sabatier)
  • 1b. : Multimaterials and thin layers (INPT-ENSIACET)

P2. Durability of structural materials

  • 2a. : Behavior and Ageing (INPT-ENSIACET)
  • 2b. : Materials for the aerospace (Mines d'Albi)
  • 2c. : Mechanical and physical Compatibility of surface and interfaces (INPT-ENIT)

P3. Materials in their use conditions (U. Pitesti)


The semester 10 is a 5-month internship in a research laboratory  (30 ECTS) and includes bibliographic search and experimental work, the writing of a dissertation and a presentation to a jury. It takes place during the second semester.

For the engineering students who prepare the master during their last year of engineering school, the internship can take place in an academic or institutional research laboratory or in an industrial group.

After the M2R

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further studies

For the most part, the graduates of M2R SMNM continue their studies in PhD in Toulouse or in another city. The others are engineers who start working in the industry.

In Toulouse, supporting laboratories in the framework of the Ecole Doctorale Sciences de la Matière,and sometimes of the Ecole Doctorale Interdisciplinaire Aéronautique et Astronautique, offer around 25-30 "Materials" scholarships per year: Grants from the Ministry, ANR, industrial contracts, CIFRE convention or agreements with big organisations (CEA, ADEME, DGA, CNES, ...).

Therefore there are lots of possibilities both in pure research and in targeted research.

Professional prospects


  • Engineer or Project Director in a big corporate group or in a SME in the following sectors:
    • Materials' Design : designing, creating and shaping manufactured products (metals and alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites, nanomaterials, multimaterials),
    • Research and development / Design office / Characterisation and control of materials, providing expertise in the field of materials (during the fabrication process and during the life cycle of the parts and systems),
    • Chemical, structural, microstructural, mechanical and physical Analysis and Control departments.
  • After a PhD: researcher, research faculty member (in higher education or research organisation).


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Course coordinator

  • Laurent ARURAULT
    • Email:
    • Phone: 05 61 55 61 48

INP-ENSIACET Course coordinator

  • Lydia LAFFONT
    • Email: lydia.laffont @
    • Phone: 05 34 32 34 37


Course co-certified with:

One of the course choices are located in the University of Pitesti in Romania.