Materials: Elaboration, characterisation and surface treatmentsMECTS

Degree level: LMD/Master 2
Field(s) of education LMD: Science - technologies - health
Major(s): Materials Sciences and engineering
Specializations: Materials: Elaboration, characterisation and surface treatments
Outgoing level: Master level
Location: TOULOUSE
Leads to a qualification - national degree
Possible in: initial course / Continuing education / VAE (accreditation for work experience)


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

The Master MECTS is co-certified by engineering schools (INPT-ENSIACET, ENIT) and by UPS. It mainly aims at preparing the graduates to complete a PhD thesis or to study in, industry. 

During the M2, the students acquire or broaden their essential knowledge in the creation (synthesis, elaboration, shaping) of new families of materials, nanomaterials or multimaterials, for specific structures or functions, the structural characterization, control of micro-structures, 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 specializing the students too much to prevent closing them off from accessing the numerous activity sectors concerned.


  • 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 candidates in M1
    Recruitment to the Master 1 Materials Science and Engineering occurs on review of applications. The recommended degrees for admission are in chemistry and physics-chemistry (or equivalent in France or abroad).
  • For candidates in M2 MECTS
    For external submissions for the mention M1, training in the field of materials (in France or abroad) is strongly recommended. Apply directly on the website of the University Paul Sabatier. The site opens in general around mid-March, responses are provided in June or early July.


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.



The semester 9 is composed of 8 academic units (24 ECTS) which three academic units marked in bold in the text are common course between University Paul Sabatier and Toulouse INP.


Powder, Initial Metal Sintering and ceramics

Materials Processes and proceeding  (name course Toulouse INP)


SELECTION of materials

Materials - Engineering (name course Toulouse INP)


CORROSION and surface treatments

Ageing and surface treatments  (name course Toulouse INP)                  




Control and analysis

Control and analysis of materials (name course Toulouse INP)   


Polymers and composites physics


Complement, introduction to research




S9 is specific of each establishment (UPS, INP-ENSIACET, INP-ENIT) and corresponds to one course at choice constituted of one academic unit (6 ECTS).

UE9 UPS at choice

Materials for Aerospace and Space or

Materials for the building and public work

UE9 INP-ENSIACET at the choice

Thin layers and polymer engineering (Functionnal) or

Properties and proceeding of advanced materials (Durability)


 Mechanical and physical compatibility of surface and interfaces


Semester 10 is a 5-month internship in a research laboratory which can take place in an academic or institutional research laboratory or in an industrial group (30 ECTS) and includes bibliographic search and experimental work, writing a dissertation and a presentation to a jury. It takes place during the second semester.

After the M2

The graduates of M2 MECTS continue their studies in PhD in Toulouse or in another city or work in the industry.

Further studies

For the most part, the graduates of M2 MECTS 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 several 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 / Characterization 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 organization).


Academic Partners

Contact Toulouse INP-ENSIACET

L'école de la transformation de la matière et de l'énergie

4, allée Emile Monso - CS 44362
31030 TOULOUSE Cedex 4, France

+33 (0)5 34 32 33 00