Master’s 2 – High Performance Materials Engineering (IMHP)


Initial course and ongoing training throughout life


five years of post-secondary education




2 semesters.

Course venue

Centre Européen de la Céramique, 
12 rue Atlantis, 
87068 LIMOGES cedex

Contact details

Course supervisor
Alexandre MAITRE
(0033) 587 50 23 48


The term engineering indicates that the main objective of this training is to train students with strong skills in the areas of processes, implementation and optimisation of material properties. It is also noted that in this speciality and as part of the “advanced ceramic development processes” course, the latest generation of materials are at the heart of the training.


This Master’s allows for an increase in scientific and technological knowledge in the field of development processes applied to bulk or layered ceramics.  In particular, high-level courses are taught in process engineering to allow students to improve their analysis and mastery of the flow of a process. To complement this, the main tools for diagnostics, monitoring and numerical simulation of the development processes for advanced ceramics are discussed. All of this knowledge is especially leveraged in order to tackle and master the processes of ceramics having a (micro-)structure and complex architectures by ensuring to correlate them with promising physico-chemical properties of multimaterials, multilayers or gradient materials thus obtained. Finally, students’ awareness of efficient management principles that are respectful of the environmental constraints relating to a process for manufacturing advanced ceramics constitutes without a doubt one of the highlights of this training.
Graduates of this course will be competent professionals in the development, optimisation and control of the manufacturing processes of advanced materials. They will be able to conduct a thorough analysis of the products obtained to interact in return in the development process.  They will master the main techniques for characterisation of materials and the tools for simulation.
At the end of the course, each student has a descriptive appendix entitled “Supplement to Degree” which provides a precise description of the university curriculum followed and the skills acquired during the period of study as well as a fair evaluation of progress made and skills acquired.

Number of ECTS credits: 120

Registration fee

Approximately 480 euros (including social security).

Campus France

The University of Limoges belongs to the agency Campus France and the facility CEF (Centre pour les Études en France). International students who live abroad (outside the EU, excluding BGE/BGF [holders of scholarships awarded by the French government and foreign countries, respectively]), wishing to pursue their studies in Limoges, must file their applications with the agency Campus France. A Centre pour les Études en France exists in the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comores, Gabon, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Republic of Congo, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Syria (suspended), Taiwan, Tunisia, United States, Vietnam. The procedure is dematerialised: for more information, please click on the link below.

Campus France website

Organisation of the curriculum

Courses, tutorials, practical work, a research project in a laboratory and a work placement at a company.


Semester 3 Mandatory list

TU1: Fundamental aspects of process engineering credits: 6

Basic education in process engineering
Plasmas for surface coating processes
Plasma-surface interaction

TU2: Development processes for bulk and layered ceramics credits: 6

Development processes for bulk ceramics
Development processes for layered ceramics
Elements of a process simulation

TU3: Applications of complex materials’ processes credits: 6

Composite materials
Materials with gradients of properties

TU4: Process diagnostics and control credits: 6

Diagnostic tools of processes
Methodological tools, methods of acquisition
Diagnostics of plasma processes
Quantification of environmental impacts

TU5: Preparation for Professional Life

TU6: English


Semester 4 Mandatory list

TU7: Introductory teaching unit – PRES topics
TU8: Project management
TU9: Professional project in a laboratory or at a company

Further studies

Possible pursuit of studies for a doctoral thesis in materials science in France or abroad.

Professional integration

Career opportunities : production and manufacturing engineer,  engineering company engineer, R&D engineer, maintenance engineer, safety engineer, environmental consultant, business manager engineer, project manager, technical expert, technological survey engineer …

Industries : production, control, research and development for developing advanced materials processes for applications in the aerospace, nuclear, biomedical, microelectronics and catalysis sectors …