MINES Saint-Étienne

MSc Materials Science Engineering (MSE)

During its academic semester, the MSE Master’s degree offers advanced-level courses in the field of physical metallurgy with strong emphasis on comprehension and physically-based modeling of phenomena at the origin of properties of modern materials (metals, ceramics, …). The teaching program aims at coupling scientific approaches (based on fundamental physics, chemistry and mechanics of materials) with a view of practical industrial case studies.

The second semester is devoted to the master thesis internship (5 to 6 months. It offers to students the opportunity of working on different real-life materials problems, in a university laboratory, or in a R&D centre of leading French or international companies. Each year, a large offer of diversified (and financially supported) placements is available.

Some of our industrial partners: Air Liquide, AREVA, Arcelor-Mittal, Aubert & Duval, CEA, Constellium, EDF, SAFRAN group, Vallourec…

Candidates are expected to be able to:

  • Have successfully completed first year of a Master’s degree in “materials science” or a close scientific field;
  • Provide proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL 550 or equivalent).

Compulsory lectures (commun with ICM program from Ecole des Mines) : 9 ECTS

  • Physical methods of materials characterisation Méthodes physiques de caractérisation des matériaux (3ECTS)
  • Introduction to Finite Elements Analysis (FEA) (3ECTS)
  • Damage of materials (3ECTS)

Social sciences and laboratory project (6 ECTS)

  • Foreign languages  (3ECTS)
    English or FFS (French for foreign students), depending on pre-existing
  • Laboratory project (3ECTS)

Specific courses for the Master MSE: 15 ECTS

  • Phase transformation modelling in crystalline materials (3ECTS)
  • Physical mechanisms of plastic deformation (3ECTS)
  • Modelling thermomechanical treatments of metallic alloys (3ECTS)
  • Physical chemistry of surfaces (3ECTS)
  • Seminars: Materials in the Future (3ECTS)

Master thesis internship (5 to 6 months): 30 ECTS


Master thesis internship (5 to 6 months): 30 ECTS

This master prepares for PhD to be performed in France or abroad. Especially, Ecole des Mines proposes several PhD students positions each year.

The MSE Master also opens the doors for industrial research career, especially in the applicative and attractive fields of materials for energy, transport as well as health-related applications.


Head of MSc

Anna Fraczkiewicz
École des mines de Saint-Étienne
Phone: +33 4 42 00 68

Administrative contact


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