Materials and surfaces engineering (MSE)

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Materials and surfaces engineering (MSE)

Mechanical Engineering


Arts et Métiers Campus of:


  • Deepen the essential stages of a scientific project management approach
  • Provide the necessary tools for understanding multiphysics and modelling in order to improve the materials properties. Particular interest is focused on the surfaces functionalities and their integrity
  • Deepen basic knowledge of materials, mechanics, shaping and thermal processes, as well as analysis methods and characterization of materials, surfaces and interfaces
  • Develop a multidisciplinary approach which deals with the development and implementation of materials, their physic, chemical and mechanical properties as well as their industrial applications
  • Approach the "Manufacturing Process - Microstructure - Mechanical Properties" aspects, based on modelling and concrete industrial examples.


At the end of this training by and in research, graduate students will:

  • Have acquired high-level scientific knowledge in the field of various materials (metals and metal alloys, polymers and bio-polymers, composites, textiles)
  • Have acquired high-level scientific knowledge in the field of manufacturing processes (textiles, CVD-PVD, thermochemical treatments, polymers and composites, etc.)
  • Have acquired high-level scientific knowledge in the field of surfaces and interfaces functionality and integrity of (mechanical and chemical role of the surface)
  • Acquire the scientific project management approach and associated tools
  • Acquire, practice and deepen the means of communication of scientific research, in English and French.
  • Know and understand the main categories of materials thermomechanical behaviour, their modelling on a macroscopic scale as well as their industrial applications
  • Be able to design and conduct an experimental test campaign with adapted and controlled techniques and instrumentation
  • Be able to explain the influence of defects and heterogeneities on the thermomechanical behaviour of materials
  • Be able to improve surface properties by choosing the appropriate treatment process in relation to the goal application.


The beginning of the academic part of this MSc takes place every year at the end of January - beginning of February, to be completed in mid-May. It is followed by a research internship (training) during 4 to 6 months. Some partnerships (ENSAIT Roubaix, ECAM Lyon) may require the start of an internship / research project before the academic part.

The academic part of this Master has seven teaching units (UE):

  • (UEA) Review: metallurgy and continuum mechanics – Cluny
  • (UE1) Project management and initiation to research (6 ECTS) – Cluny
  • (UE2) Polymers and Processing (4 ECTS) – Paris (ATHENS Week)
  • (UE3) Composite materials (4 ECTS) – Paris et Roubaix
  • (UE4) Experimental techniques (6 ECTS) – Lille
  • (UE5) Surface treatments (6 ECTS) – Cluny
  • (UE6) Powder metallurgy (4 ECTS) – Dijon

Please note: around 20% of the courses are given in English today, with a strong will to increase it in the coming years. The materials and documents provided to students are mostly in English.


  • Sorin IGNAT (Arts et Métiers Cluny) – scientific responsible of the Msc and UE1
  • Abbas TCHARKHTCHI (Arts et Métiers Paris) – in charge of UE2 and co-responsible of UE3
  • Xavier LEGRAND (ENSAIT Roubaix) – in charge of UE3
  • Adrien VAN GORP (Arts et Métiers Lille) – in charge of UE4
  • Corinne NOUVEAU (Arts et Métiers Cluny) – in charge of UE5
  • Aurélien BESNARD (Arts et Métiers Cluny) – co-responsible of UE6
  • Maria-Rosa ARDIGO-BESNARD (Burgundy University) – co-responsible of UE6



The evaluation of these teaching units is done by continuous control, tests and / or defence, depending on the teaching unit.


The classes are in the form of lectures, practical work or project. An internship / research project, in a company or in a laboratory, during 4 to 6 months, will and must be validated by a report and a defence in front of a committee. This internship can be carried out in France (paid in accordance with the local laws) or internationally, on a subject that the team of the master can propose or that the student can find by himself (after agreement of the scientific responsible of the MSc).


This training gives:

  • A broader vision of materials, processes and the influence of surfaces and interfaces
  • A complementary approach between experimentation (high level materials and methodologies) and modelling (multi-physics and multi-scale)
  • A project management approach in general and scientific in particular


This master prepares for further studies in doctoral training and trains experts in the fields of Mechanics of Materials and Manufacturing Processes. The multidisciplinary approach allows access to research and development positions in large institutional or industrial groups such as CEA, EDF, Renault, AREVA, APERAM, SAFRAN, etc. More than a third of students continue with a PhD (usually accompanied by a CIFRE contract), usually in partnership with one of these companies.

Some areas of application:

  • Structural materials: the thermomechanical and surface treatments of these materials aim to improve the working properties, the corrosion or wear resistance and durability, while lightening the structures
  • Composite materials and multi-materials: used for example in the automotive industry to lighten structures while retaining their rigidity
  • Technical and high performance polymers: the liner of the hydrogen tank at very high pressure (700 bars of operation) for the automobile
  • Smart materials: metals or shape memory polymers
  • Materials with a property gradient: locally improve mechanical parts in the most loaded areas, and lead to finding optimal solutions from an economic and mechanical point of view
  • Materials with specific functional surface: in order to minimize or maximize friction, shine, dimensional tolerance, production of hydrophobic or hydrophilic surfaces, fatigue contact resistance …
  • Coated materials: painting, galvanizing, chrome plating, nickel plating, HVOF, PVD, CVD…
  • Biomaterials: bone-biomaterial interface, biocompatibility interface, cell adhesion, bio-integration, wear and release of particles, bio-corrosion, degradation of biomaterials for orthopaedic prostheses, etc.
  • Materials for food use: bio-neutrality, impact resistance, thermal resistance, adhesion, cleaning, aging, etc.



Airbus HelicoptersPSAEDFCEASAFRANAirbus GroupAREVABODYCOTESAFE MetalBMI Fours IndustrielsSECO ToolsDelphiAir LiquideTotal, ASCO-Forge, APERAMA2CSandvikCOROMANT, etc.


Scientific support is mainly provided by the laboratories to which the masters' teachers are attached. Students can do their internship in these laboratories, or benefit from scientific and experimental help when their internship takes place in a company.

LaBoMaP : Laboratoire Bourguignon des Matériaux et Procédés, EA 3633, Cluny

PIMM : Procédés et Ingénierie en Mécanique et Matériaux, UMR CNRS 8006, CNAM et Arts et Métiers Paris

MSMP : Mechanics Surfaces and Materials Processing, EA 7350, Lille or Châlons-en-Champagne

GEMTEX : Laboratoire Génie et Matériaux TEXtiles EA 2461 UPRES-MEN, Roubaix


ICB : Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR 6303 CNRS, Burgundy University

Elmo-Sanat University (IUST, Iran University of Science & Technology) from Téhéran (Iran) 


Our foreign partners (Institute of Engineering in Materials Science of Lodz-Poland, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL Switzerland, EMPA - Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt - de Thun, Université Lomonosov de Moscou-Russie, KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany, IUST, University of Guilan and University of Tehran, etc.) offer internships to students outside the master's teaching period or during their project.


Eurocopter, PSA, EDF, CEA, SAFRAN, EADS, AREVA, BODYCOTE, ECM, SECO Tools, Delphi, Air Liquide, Total, ASCO-Forge, APERAM, etc.


Here are some examples of projects from previous years:

  • Development of protective coatings on cutting tools during cryogenic assisted machining of Ti6Al4V
  • Characterization of martensitic stainless steel grades in thermomechanical stressing in braking mode (automotive)
  • Study of the wear of the steam generator tubes of Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactors
  • Study of the growth mechanisms of thin layers for the development of a substrate older for PVD deposition
  • Characterization and study of the crystallinity / thermal expansion of the liner of a high-pressure hydrogen tank for the automobile with a view to approval
  • Fracture toughness of YFSZ zirconia, the model material for uranium dioxide UO2
  • Study of the micromechanics of a composite material (SMC)
  • Optimization of the deposition of fluorescent molecules organized on surfaces (111) of noble metals
  • Modelling of rapid austenitization by means of the cellular automaton method
  • Characterization and modelling of the material of airplane connecting rods in composite material

The CEA Valduc's annual catalogue of internship and PhD offers is systematically made available to students. The laboratories associated with this master's degree and a good number of partner companies also offer internship / thesis offers every year.


  • Academic level (in general, but also particularly in disciplines related to the subject of the master)
  • Motivation
  • Professional project (adequacy with the content and the objectives of the training)
  • French language level
  • English language level
  • Recommendations

A minimum level (eliminatory) for each of these criteria may be required.


  • For Arts et Métiers students: internal procedure
  • For partner students (ENSAIT Roubaix and ECAM Lyon): internal procedure
  • For students of the double degree with the University of Tehran: internal procedure
  • For other candidates: the opening of applications is fixed every year on May 15. A first selection takes place in late June - early July. A second file review can take place, if necessary, before mid-September.


  • Teaching language: English (course materials and around 20% of the oral part) and French
  • Number of hours: 280 h for the academic part
  • ECTS credits targeted by the training: 60, i.e. 30 for the academic part and 30 for the research internship
  • Annual cost: € 256 standard rate (€ 168 reduced rate - Arts et Metiers students who are preparing the engineering degree in parallel). Social security costs (maximum € 217) may also be added.
  • Location (s) of training: February (or even early March) on Cluny, then a week in Paris, a week shared between Paris and Roubaix, two weeks in Lille, two weeks in Cluny again followed by a week in Dijon.


Apply exclusively online.


The student trips, mandatory in the training program, to other Arts et Métiers campuses or establishments, are financially covered by Arts et Métiers.


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Sorin IGNAT:

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  • Or mail : Arts et Métiers Cluny, Rue Porte de Paris, 71250 – Cluny, FRANCE

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