Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University

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Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University trains students in the fields of science and technology, health and sport. With a strong intellectual reputation both in France and abroad, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University is continuously pushing the boundaries of knowledge, promoting education through research, and encouraging dialogue between science and society.




SYVIC Master’s degree – Synthesis, aging, and characterization of nuclear materials


Our objective is to train key employees for the nuclear industry of the future. This course was created to respond to private and public research requirements and industrial R&D needs. The course emphasis is on the issues and challenges faced when using materials in the electronuclear cycle in terms of sustainable development. The following topics are studied: materials used in nuclear fi ssion and fusion reactors, materials associated with the management of nuclear waste.


A basic study of materials used for energy complements this course.
The SYVIC Master’s degree is meant for students who have a completed a fi rst year of Master’s in physics, chemical physics, or material sciences as well as fo engineering students who have completed four years of higher education.


Competence and technical knowledge


One of the specifi cities of the SYVIC Master’s lies in the teaching of aging and durability of materials which undergo irradiation and/or high temperatures.


Skills and know-how acquired

  • Durability and aging of materials
  • Radiation protection
  • Physical-chemical characterization of surfaces and interfaces
  • Radioelements behavior modeling
  • Radiolysis and irradiation




For which jobs ?

  • Project manager in dismantling or nuclear waste management
  • Project, transport, warehouse, security officer
  • Construction monitoring technician, decommissioning technician
  • Engineer assistant (in radiation protection for instance)
  • Technical executive


What type of training?

  • 12 to 18 students per class
  • Apprenticeship program: 17 weeks at the university and 35 weeks at work
  • Also available as a full-time program, continuing education, or PLAR
  • 47% of classes are taught by professionals
  • Significant share of practical training: 100 hours of lab work, tutored projects, professional presentations, etc.
  • Radiation protection training to work at nuclear sites (PCR INB-ICPE) certifi ed by CEFRI, the French companies certifi cation committee for the training and monitoring of personnel exposed to ionizing radiations.


In which companies?

  • Large nuclear corporations and R&D organizations (Andra, AREVA, CEA, EDF, ONET, etc.)
  • Nuclear contractors



  • 40,000 students
  • €405 M budget
  • 3,500 researchers
  • 4,300 publications in peer-reviewed journals per year
  • 40 patent applications per year