Masters in materials sciences for sustainable construction (SMCD)


The emergence of the concept of sustainable development has greatly increased the demands that materials have to meet: They must be insulating and lightweight to reduce consumption of raw materials and energy, easy to produce and implement, durable and tough, and finally recyclable and reusable at the end of their life cycle. The need to meet all these requirements has generated new challenges, calling for multidisciplinary approaches and the emergence of new academic disciplines. These issues raise multiple questions and finding the solutions is a challenge that is simultaneously scientific, technical, and industrial.


The Masters program provides the scientific grounding required for a multidisciplinary and multi-scale approach to the behavior of materials, to optimizing their manufacture, to their functional properties and durability under specific environmental conditions. Organized into topic modules on physics, mechanics, chemistry, and numerical simulation, and into introductory modules on environmental and energy issues, this program provides a preparation for careers in research and development in cutting-edge firms and research laboratories.


  • Interdisciplinary approach: Physics, chemistry, and engineering sciences;
  • Openings to the world of research and innovation in construction;
  • A high-caliber scientific teaching team
  • Direct interaction with industrial and academic research
  • Individual support

The partnership between  École des Ponts ParisTech, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and Université Paris-Est Créteil offers an opportunity to bring together teachers from all the disciplines concerned with a research focus on construction materials.

Career Opportunities

The Masters program prepares students for research and development careers in companies and large public research bodies in the fields of materials science, innovation and construction.

Moving on from the Masters degree to a PhD thesis is strongly recommended.

Laboratories and firms that have admitted Masters students to prepare a PhD thesis: Aarhus University (Denmark), École des Mines de Douai, École Polytechnique, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, École Normale Supérieur de Cachan, ESPCI, IFSTTAR, Imperial College, Insa de Strasbourg, Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, Harvard University, Laboratoire Navier, Lafarge Centre de Recherche,  Michelin, Saint Gobain Recherche, Université de Bourgogne, Université Claude Bernard, etc.
Companies and organizations where former Masters students work: CEA, Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, École des Ponts ParisTech, École Nationale Supérieure des arts et Métiers, Électricité de France, Eurinnov, Géodynamique et Structures, IFP-Énergies Nouvelles, IFSTTAR, Lafarge, Saint Gobain, Schlumberger, Socotec, etc.