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Periods spent abroad
A stay of at least 13 weeks abroad is compulsory during the three years of study. This mobility can take the form of a summer internship, an end-of-studies internship or a semester abroad.

Targeted audience

Targeted audience
Bac + 2 ; Bac + 4

Available in

Initial education (3 years)

Work and study programme
Opportunities are open for professional training contracts during the 5th year of the engineering studies.
Gap year

A gap year is possible during the engineering cycle.





The objective of the specialty in Materials science (MAT) is to develop skills to understand the design, implementation, modeling, manufacturing processes and / or assembly of materials, to meet innovation challenges (making new products with industrializable materials and processes).

The skills specific to the specialty are:

  • Designing, implementing, characterizing, modeling and controling the different aspects of the materials life cycle: manufacturing and / or assembly processes, properties, applications, service performance, durability, recycling.
  • Considering the scientific and technical characteristics of materials, applications and associated processes (chemical, physical or mechanical phenomena).



Engineering students attend the Campus of Chantrerie in Nantes.

Programme Leader(s)


Entry requirement

Academic requirement

Admission process for French speaking students

French speaking students can apply directly on polytech-admission.org with a foreign scientific diploma and obtain a French engineering degree (Master’s degree in engineering). Selected students follow courses with fellow French students. Depending on the country where applicants are studying, they may be required to follow the “Etudes en France” studies & visa application process.

Admission process for non-french speaking students in Polytech partner universities

Initiated by the AVOSTTI Project, the Polytech Group has developed a 2 phase programme allowing students to start scientific/technological studies and French learning in their country and then to follow their engineering studies in France in one of its 15 engineering faculties. Current active partners are located in China : Ocean University of China (OUC) of Qingdao, South China University of Technology (SCUT - Guangzhou), Xidian University of Xi’an, etc.

Admission process for non-french speaking students from other universities

Several Polytech engineering faculties have developed bridging program (n+i, Polytech Mundus) allowing non-French speaking students (with a scientific Bachelor’s level) to gain French fluency and thus follow French engineering studies. The programme consists in a first year of intensive courses in French language and French scientific culture (with a scientific/technology major such as mechanics, computer science, electronics…) and 2 years of engineering studies among fellow French students.


Application procedure

Admission to initial training with student status is common to all schools in the Polytech network. This is a unique and valid application for all 15 schools, regardless of your academic background.


Materials science program 

5th year options : 
  • Welding
  • Innovative materials and processes
    - R&D course
    - composite course
  • Transversal option (MASQE-i): Quality, Safety and Environmental Management
*The option called “Welding of metallic materials” can be taken up with additional training leading to the IWE certification (International Welding Engineer).

The teacher-researchers mainly work in the IMN - UMR 6502 (Institut des Matériaux de Nantes).

  • 3rd year: internship in a company (4 weeks minimum) 
  • 4th year: Internship in the student’s specialisation in a company or laboratory (8 to 15 weeks)
  • 5th year: end of studies internship in a contracted company or laboratory (18 weeks minimum)

A stay of at least 13 weeks abroad is compulsory during the three years of study. This mobility can take the form of a summer internship, an end-of-studies internship or a semester abroad.

What's next?

Further studies

International Specialty in WELDING - IWE

This specialization as an international welding engineer (International Welding Engineer certification) is open to Polytech Nantes engineers who have taken up the "assembly" option of the final year in Materials. More information

Career opportunities

Business sectors

  • Energies (nuclear, oil, renewable)
  • Transportation (Aeronautics, Automotive, Naval and Rail)
  • Production and processing of materials (metallurgy, plastics)
  • Other (biomedical, microelectronics, sports equipment)
Jobs opportunities 
  • Development Engineer
  • Production Engineer - Manufacturing
  • Welding engineer
  • R&D Engineer 


Tuition fee

Registration fees in the engineering studies (2022/2023)

Non scholarship-holder: 601* €
Scholarship-holder: 0 €
*Contribution of student life and campus : 95 €

Registration procedures

International office
Phone : +33(0)2 51 85 74 25


More information

International office
Phone : +33(0)2 51 85 74 25