Grenoble INP Phelma Filière SIM

Master's Degree in Engineering Grenoble INP - Phelma,Materials Science and Engineering Program (SIM)


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National Master of Engineering Degree
  • Degree awarded Master
  • Graduation year Bac + 5
  • Graduation level Level 7
  • Location
    • GRENOBLE Scientific Polygon
  • Duration 3 years (6 semesters)
  • Available as
    • Initial education
    • Continuing education


The "Materials approach": from design to end of life in a sustainable development context
1 - Design: materials selection, new materials, material savings, lighter weight, environmental constraints

2 - Elaboration: control of the structure and microstructures, innovative processes (3D printing, etc...).

3 - Transformation: shaping, implementation

4 - Properties: physical, physico-chemical, mechanical, durability

5 - Recycling: recycling tolerant materials, associated processes

The Materials Science and Engineering program trains engineers capable of understanding the various scientific and technological problems linked to the manufacture and use of materials and of proposing solutions in a context of sustainable development.



Controlling the processes

- Materials elaboration,
- Materials transformation
- Assembly of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites)

Controlling the physical, physico-chemical and mechanical properties in relation with the microstructure of materials.

Designing and manufacturing new innovative materials.

Characterising materials at macro, meso- and nanoscopic scales.

Modelling the structure and behaviour of materials.

Analysing the life cycle of a material, eco-design.

  • Training partners


    Research laboratories

    • SIMAP
    • LEPMI
    • LMGP


    Associated companies

    • Materials: Arcelor, Constellium, St Gobain, Sandvik
    • Transportation: SAFRAN, EADS, SNECMA, Michelin, Renault, Airbus
    • Energy: EDF, Schneider Electric, CEA, AREVA
    • Micro- and Nanotechnologies: CEA, Lynred,ST Microelectronics, Soïtec
    • Health, sports and leisure: Beckton Dickinson, Decathlon, Salomon


  • Who should apply? Bac + 2, Bac + 3, Bac + 4
  • Available as :
    • Initial education
    • Continuing education

Entry requirements

  • To be admitted into Year 1 (at two years of post-secondary study), students must have completed two years of preparatory courses (science-track or Institute of Technology common preparatory program) or have earned an undergraduate degree from a university (in France, mainly DUT or L2).
  • Admissions on qualifications to the 2nd year (France and abroad)
  • Exchange students. Students with a bachelor in Materials Science for the Materials Science and Engineering Program

Apply now

Visit the Admissions section of the school’s website (French version).


  • Course duration 3 years (6 semesters)
  • Internships abroad


The first year

2 tracks are available within the 1st year and lead to a Bachelor of Engineering science.


The second year


The third year

Semester 9 can be completed with an interdisciplinary program that concerns all majors:
> MANINTEC Management, Innovation, Technologies

It can also be completed in the program specific to Phelma:
> MaNuEn - Materials for nuclear energy

Semester 10

Master thesis (30 ECTS credits)

The final semester of the Grenoble INP - Phelma engineering course is exclusively dedicated to the End of Studies Project.

This occurs from February to June, either overseas or in France, in a research laboratory or in industry. This allows students to use the methods and knowledge they have acquired in a professional environment. They will experience engineering working methods, learn how to manage a project and develop their autonomy and initiative.

The End of Studies Project also develops their sense of responsibility by submitting them to a demand for results within a pre-determined time frame. The student engineer is required to produce a report and take a viva on their project.

Laboratories directly involved: SIMAP, 3S-R et LEPMI


Board of examiners

Each semester is worth 30 ECTS credits, spread out over the different courses completed. Students must obtain a grade of at least 10/20 in each course to obtain the credits.


  • Language of instruction
    All courses are taught in English except for 8 hours of functional analysis in the Product Materials course.
  • Internship abroad Yes
  • Erasmus areas Materials science

International exchange

Students in this major benefit from many agreements between Grenoble Institute of Technology and partners around the globe in the form of exchange programs, dual-degree programs, internships, and more.

Information on available scholarships

Are you a foreign student with a Master level qualification wanting to study at one of the six engineering Schools of the Grenoble Institute of Technology? You can find all the funding schemes available for you course in Grenoble on our website at Grenoble INP.


  • Graduation year Bac + 5
  • Graduation level Level 7

Expected learning outcomes

  • forming, shaping and combining materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites)
  • understanding the relationships between material microstructure and their physical, physicochemical and mechanical properties
  • analysing the materials lifecycle and degradation process.
  • materials characterization skills on the macro, meso and nano levels
  • ability to model phenomena and microstructures at the appropriate level for the materials and problems concerned.
  • design and manufacture new materials in the context of sustainable development so as to respond to contemporary industrial and social requirements.



This program trains engineers to be competent in the areas of physical chemistry, mechanics and physical modeling allowing them to fill the following roles:
  • Materials scientist,
  • Project manager,
  • Engineering consultant
  • Engineer for production, R&D, products or quality.


  • Transport (automobile industry, avionics, trains, etc.),
  • Electrical and nuclear energy,
  • Materials and metallurgy (polymers, ceramics, composites and metals),
  • Microelectronics,
  • Surface treatment and coatings.

Further learning opportunities

Education through research

Year 3 students planning to go on to a PhD program can earn a dual degree with another Master’s program relevant to their first major within the Grenoble University system.