Masters in Multiscale Approaches for Materials and Structures (AMMS)

The aim of the research Masters program in the “Mechanics of Materials and Structures” is to train students through research in the mechanical modelling of heterogeneous composite materials based on the properties of their constituents, with applications in the fields of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and industry in general.

It prepares students for research careers in major research institutions, research centers, and university research departments, for careers in R&D in businesses and service providers, and in engineering and consultancy. It relates to the following technological domains: mechanical industry in general, civil engineering structures, transportation systems, the development of industrial products through materials processing, energy production and processing.


The main objective of this research Masters program on “Multiscale Approaches for Materials and Structures” is to provide a full research program strand on Mechanics of Materials and Mechanics of Structures for students in the Marne-la-Vallée Polytechnicum, whose associated higher education establishments are Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEM) and École des Ponts ParisTech.

The Masters in “Multiscale Approaches for Materials and Structures” gives students a high-level theoretical and practical grounding in modelling and numerical simulation in the following fields of mechanics:

  • mechanics of solids and structural mechanics,
  • mechanics and physics of heterogeneous materials that consist of an assembly of several constituents at different scales,
  • reflecting the current concerns of industry, short-term and medium-term problems raised by technological research and the sector’s long-term research problems.


The main focus of the “Materials” program is to train students in the mechanical modelling – based on the properties of their constituents – of materials and structural elements that are an assembly of several constituents, and are small in size relative to the macroscopic scale. This is true of Civil Engineering materials and structures, materials and structural elements in industrial or mechanical structures, mechanical engineering, etc. Examples of such materials are cements, saturated soils, multilayer composite structures (resin-fiber, glue-laminated wood, steel-elastomer).

Career Opportunities

This Masters program prepares students for:

  • Research careers in major research institutions, research centers, university research departments;
  • Research and Development careers in companies and service firms.

It can lead equally to immediate entry into employment or to PhD research. The sectors particularly concerned are:

  • the cement industry,
  • Civil Engineering buildings and structures,
  • the development of innovative materials,
  • tools for the physical investigation of material.