Montpellier Graduate School of Chemistry

ENSCM, Montpellier Graduate School of Chemistry, is the heir to a long and rich tradition of chemistry studies and research in Montpellier. We train top-level chemistry engineers for various jobs in production, research, and management in fields as varied as fine and health chemistry, materials chemistry, environment, and sustainable development.

The programs we offer aim at providing students with background knowledge on the main reactors currently in operation, on radioactivity and advances in fuel cycle chemistry, on fuel materials, on radwaste matrices, on f-block elements, on liquid-liquid extraction processes, on waste treatment and packaging processes, and on regulation related to the decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear facilities. Both theoretical and practical aspects of these issues are developed as we also teach students about environmental and economic issues related to energy. Students also gain insight into industry issues classes and conferences taught by speakers from the private sector.



About 40 engineers specialized in fuel cycle chemistry and materials have already graduated from the major in Nuclear chemistry & environment (CNE) set up in 2009 with CEA/INSTN and Montpellier University. The major was launched simultaneously as the opening of the Marcoule Institute of Separation Chemistry (joint research unit with CEA, CNRS, ENSCM, and Montpellier University). Nuclear-specific classes are taught by engineers, researchers, and tenured professors working at the CEA-Marcoule Center.

Our students can also enroll in a double-degree program thanks to the partnership we set up with Montpellier University. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded both the MEng and the MS in Separation chemistry, materials, and processes (CSMP) taught at Montpellier University.



The two degrees were designed so as to be both close to the corporate world and enable students to carry on with positions in the industry (mostly at AREVA, EDF, and their contractors) and the research world to enable them to carry on their training with a PhD (mainly at Andra, CEA, and EDF).
At the end of their studies, all students have to conduct an industrial project in the framework of a 5-6-month internship. Their projects are supervised by teachers or researchers from our partner research laboratories. Working partnerships with companies and research organizations enable students to intern at CEA, AREVA, and EDF in France, or at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Iowa National Laboratory, and Washington State University abroad.
After graduating, students can go for jobs in any field where the technical know-how and knowledge of chemistry engineers are required. This means R&D where innovation and creativity are strategic features for companies, but also production, analysis, quality assessment, regulations, environment, decommissioning, dismantling, etc.

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