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Materials Science for Nuclear Energy (MaNuEn)


The Master in Materials Sciences for Nuclear Energy (MaNuEn) is an international master programme designed for students wishing to pursue a career in nuclear R&D, either in industry or in a research organization. Entirely taught in English, the two-year program covers the specificities of materials in a nuclear environment (fuel and components) and their sustainability under irradiation. The first year covers the fundamentals of materials science and reactor physics and includes a 2-to-3-month internship. The second year is divided into 2 semesters:

  • all classes are taught in the first semester with two specialized courses: one at CEA/Cadarache (3 weeks) and one at EDF’s Materials Ageing Institute (2 weeks). About 50% of classes are taught by engineers and researchers from EDF and CEA;
  • the second semester consists in an internship of at least 5 months carried out either in industry or in a laboratory.

The MaNuEn master degree is jointly issued with INSTN and accredited by the I2EN and awarded the I2EN Label.


MaNuEn graduates are able to:

  • identify the specific features of nuclear materials;
  • study and describe the behaviour of irradiated materials;
  • understand the physico-chemical phenomena used in the manufacturing of crystalline and thin-film ceramic materials;
  • appreciate the main aging process responsible for producing defects in materials;
  • design and conduct experimental procedures to evaluate kinetic and mechanical resistance to corrosion.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic entry requirements to the M1 programme:

  • Bachelor degree in either physics, mechanical engineering, nuclear, or materials science

Entry requirements to the M2 programme :

  • M1 in either physics, mechanical engineering, nuclear, or materials science


Upon graduation, MaNuEn students can apply for the following:

  • engineer in the nuclear industry;
  • R&D engineer;
  • research scientist or assistant professor;
  • doctoral degree programme (PhD).


  • Two weeks at EDF’s “Materials Ageing Institute” (R&D center);
  • Three weeks at the CEA’s Cadarache nuclear research center.
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During the two years I attended the MaNuEn programme, I was fortunate to attend lectures conducted by engineers from industry and to perform research in industry as well. This programme allowed me to reinforce my theoretical knowledge and to put into practice what I learned in the laboratory or during my internship.

Chih-Ying (Vivienne) Hsu,  MaNuEn graduate (2017)

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