Chemistry l Materials science and engineering
Master 1 - Materials science and engineering


In order to enter the first year of a master’s degree, a bachelor’s degree is required in materials chemistry or equivalent.


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 course 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 experience by taking advantage in particular of the strong interaction between teachers-researchers and the industrial environment


M1: 540 hr in-class/student (no option) including 30 hr of PVP (management, accounting) and 60 hr of English + 2-3 months internship + laboratory project

Semester 1

  • Detailed curriculum
  • Mandatory courses
  • English I
  • Material degradation
  • New materials and energy
  • Preparation for professional life
  • Solid state chemistry and physics (I)
  • Materials development: mechanisms and methods
  • Layering process (dry process)

Optional courses

  • Bonus Internships in addition to the Course
  • Musical Practice
  • Sports Practice

Semester 2

  • Detailed curriculum
  • Mandatory courses
  • Experimental project in materials science
  • Measurement of physical properties of solids
  • Introduction to atomic-scale simulation methods
  • English II
  • Solid state chemistry and physics (II)
  • Strength of materials
  • Preparation for professional life: internship in a company

Optional courses

  • Bonus Involvement in University Life
  • Bonus Internships in addition to the Course
  • Bonus FSL (French as Second Language)
  • Musical Practice
  • Sports Practice


Students must have a license (bachelor) degree to integrate the first year of a master’s degree.

Chemistry – Materials Sciences Course


Registration via the e-candidature application, OPEN from 15 March to 15 May.

Registrar's office

For any questions relating to registration, re-registration or re-orientation, contact the registrar’s office. For all registration contacts, see the link below.


The information on this page is only for information purposes and has no contractual value.

Professions: engineer (R&D, production, maintenance and safety), eco-advisor, business manager, project manager and technical expert.

Sectors of activity: 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.

Master 2 Materials Science and Engineering / High Performance Ceramics.

At the end of Master 2, you may envisage further studies for a doctoral thesis.

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.

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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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