Chemistry l High performance ceramics
Master 2


The main objective of the Master’s programme is to train high-level specialists in the field of ceramic materials and processes with a view to professionally joining industry (engineer level) or continuing in research (R&D, academics, etc.).

The training is primarily based on fundamental and subject-oriented courses covering cross-functionally the physical and chemical aspects of functional ceramic materials and their processes of development, shaping, surface treatments and control.

The subjects covered relate to the current socio-economic issues of Energy, Health and ICT.

Finally, the training gives students knowledge of the socio-economic world and the necessary relational and behavioural skills for teamwork.


This Master covers cross-functionally the physical and chemical aspects of functional ceramic materials (solid or in layers), including their development, shaping and control processes.

It relies substantially on instruction oriented towards new synthesis approaches and processes, the study of the structure, microstructure and properties of innovative ceramic materials in the fields of energy, transport, information technology and telecommunications (optics, microelectronics, etc.), health and the environment.

The student acquires both theoretical and practical background by taking advantage in particular of the strong interaction of teacher-researchers with the industrial environment.

This course is based on the recognised scientific skills of research laboratories (Energy, Health and New Technologies) backed by the European Ceramic Cluster (PEC), one of the two competitiveness clusters in Limousin.

It gives students holding this diploma the opportunity to prepare a paid doctoral thesis at the University of Limoges or in other French or foreign universities in the field of the science of ceramic materials.

It also trains executives who can meet the demands of manufacturers (Research and Development sector) and public or private laboratories in the field of the synthesis, properties and functionalisation of advanced ceramic materials.

At the end of the course, each student has a descriptive appendix to the diploma called a “diploma supplement” which provides him with a precise description of the university course followed and the skills acquired during the study period as well as a fair assessment of his achievements and skills.


405 hr in-class student, including 60 hr of optional disciplinary teaching, 69 hr of project management, management & quality and 30 hr of English + 4-6 month internship/research project.


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Applicants' profile

Courses covering the physical chemistry of solids, the synthesis and development of materials, the structural characterisation of condensed matter, the physical properties of materials and the knowledge of ceramic materials.


Registration via the e-candidature application, OPEN from 03 april to 31 May 2023.

Registration procedures

1 / e-applications for a master’s degree are open from mid-March.To apply, go to the web page of the relevant degree.

Faculté des Sciences et Techniques
Scolarité – Bureau des Masters
123 Avenue Albert Thomas
87060 LIMOGES Cedex

Tel: 05 55 45 77 76

2 / Examination of the file by the educational committee.

3 / If your file is accepted, you will receive instructions on how to prepare your administrative registration file.

Applicants whose country of residence is a member of CAMPUS France must submit their application in the CAMPUS France area for their country before the end of March:

The graduate will have the opportunity to prepare a doctoral thesis in French or foreign research laboratories specialising in the field of materials.


Engineer (R&D, production, maintenance and safety), eco-advisor, business manager, project manager, technical expert, etc.

Business segments:

Production, control, consulting and expertise, research and development of materials and advanced development processes for applications in energy, health, ICT, aeronautics, aerospace, automotive, weapons, micro- and nanotechnologies, metallurgy, catalysis, etc.

The possibilities of studying abroad

The course enables students to supplement their knowledge by taking courses abroad. The internationalisation of the course is based on several components: internships abroad, dual degree agreements, European strategic partnership, teaching of English and course materials in English. A majority of students are required to do an internship in a company or in a laboratory abroad during the master’s programme. This mobility is strongly encouraged (but not compulsory) in M1. In practice, ~50% of students go abroad in M1 and a lower proportion (~10%) in M2.

Three dual degree agreements have been signed with the University of Cracow (Poland), the Polytechnic of Wroclaw (Poland) and the University of Antioquia (Colombia). Every year, 2 to 3 Colombian students join the second year of the Master within this framework and 4 to 5 students are “exchanged” between Poland and France (from M1 with Wroclaw and M2 with Krakow). The establishment of a new partnership with Romania should strengthen this aspect. Another solid foundation for the internationalisation of the course is the Erasmus+ European strategic partnership, EUCERMAT (EUropean CERamic MATerials), started in September 2015 and controlled by the course. It is endowed with 360,000 euros and brings together 13 European academic and industrial partners including the universities of Darmstadt (Germany), Limerick (Ireland), Aveiro (Portugal), Krakow (Poland), the ISTEC (Italy) and ICV (Spain) institutes and ECERS (Belgium).

In this context, several M2 students follow specific remote e-learning courses provided by partner universities and practicum abroad. They also do an internship abroad in the EUCERMAT network’s companies on research and development subjects in preparation for pursuing a thesis.


Main teaching site:

Centre Européen de la Céramique (CEC), 12, rue Atlantis, 87068 Limoges Cedex
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For English courses:

Faculté des Sciences et Techniques 123, Avenue Albert Thomas 87060 LIMOGES CEDEX
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Campus France

The University of Limoges adheres to the Campus France Agency and the CEF (Centre for Studies in France) system. International students residing abroad (outside the EEC, excluding BGE/BGF) who want to study in Limoges, must go through the Campus France Agency to submit their applications. There is a Centre for Studies in France in the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, United States, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam.

The procedure is paperless: for more information, please click on the link below :

accreditation for work experience / validated professional experience

VAP: You want to resume studies but you don’t have the prerequisite diploma to enrol in your desired course. On the other hand, you have significant professional experience related to this course. In this case you can have your professional experience validated (VAP).

VAE: Thanks to your professional experience, you have acquired knowledge and skills that you wish to have recognised by obtaining a diploma related to them. In this case you can undertake a process to accredit work experience (VAE). luniversite-de-limoges/

Resumption of studies

Continuing education is an important lever for both the individual and the company in its adaptation to changes in the professional world and its environment. Whether you are an employee, self-employed professional, company or job seeker, you are committed to maintaining your skills and those of your employees at the highest level; you want to boost your professional career, retrain, etc. The University of Limoges opens its doors to you and allows you to expand your knowledge in very different fields such as law, languages and mathematics, but also health, construction, wood, sustainable development, etc. The university is accessible to everyone, whatever your level. It offers the opportunity to obtain diplomas at all levels (the University Access Diploma that enables people who don’t have a Baccalaureate enter the University), including engineering diplomas.

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