Solid Mechanics, Master | Institut Polytechnique de Paris | Palaiseau, France
24 months
3770 EUR/year
243 EUR/year
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Solid Mechanics at Institut Polytechnique de Paris is dedicated to multiphysics and multiscale modeling of materials and structures and is a Master-level program at the interface between these three fields.


Solid Mechanics Master at Institut Polytechnique de Paris provides advanced training in the fundamentals of the mechanics of materials and structures, highlighting the multiscale and multiphysics dimensions of state-of-the-art research in solid mechanics and emphasizing a mathematical approach.

In a scientific, technological, and industrial environment that increasingly requires innovative solutions, it is vital to describe the mechanical response of materials and structures in ever greater detail. This requires models that capture multiple interconnected length scales. The fast-developing research field of multiscale modeling of materials and structures is inherently multidisciplinary: physicists contribute their knowledge of how condensed matter behaves on small scales, solid mechanicians their expertise of larger scales, and applied mathematicians techniques for bridging scales.

The first year is dedicated to the fundamentals in Mechanics.  The research areas cover smart structures, environmental sciences, complex fluids, turbulence, waves and metamaterials.

Students interested early on by research are advised to apply for a PhD Track in this field (combined Master and PhD). It enables a personalized master program, early immersion in research labs and a progressive development of the thesis studies.


This Master aims to train students for research in mechanics, and to a lesser degree for a career in industry. At the end of the Master’s program, students will be equipped to pursue a PhD or seek a career in research and development in industry or in a public research institution.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mechanics of Brittle Fracture and Damage
  • Materials Modeling. From Atomistic to Macroscopic
  • Smart Materials and Structures: Principles and Applications
  • Nonlinear Methods in Mechanics
  • Metamaterials
  • Modeling of Heterogeneous Materials and Structures. Application to
  • Composites
  • Microscopic Nature of Dissipative Behavior
  • (Complex) Crack Propagation in Brittle Materials
  • Multiphysics Modeling of Continuous Media
  • Inelastic Behaviors of Structures
  • Advanced experimental methods

A 6-month research internship must be completed either in a laboratory of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris or in an R&D structure in industry.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


English, French


120 ECTS
  • Year 1: 60 ECTS
  • Year 2: 60 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Year 1

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) in physics or mathematics at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad.
  • English / French: B2 level

Year 2
  • Completion of the first year of Master in mechanics at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent (including engineering diplomas) in France or abroad

  • English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3770 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3770 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    243 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 243 EUR per year during 24 months.


Living costs for Palaiseau

640 - 950 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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