Master Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies - SMAT

SMAT is an international 2 year Master programme (M1+M2) coordinated by École Centrale de Lyon, in partnership with Mines Saint-Etienne and 4 international partners.

This training innovatively combines theoretical and applied courses (via projects and labs) with internships in a multidisciplinary environment. It covers a large spectrum starting from fundamentals in advanced manufacturing processes, material science and characterization in M1 up to the cutting edge research on key topics in M2 such as virtual manufacturing, smart and clean processes or component durability.


The increased awareness about sustainability issues results in changes in markets and customer behaviour as well as a growing demand for more sustainable and responsible products and production technologies. Even if the manufacturing industry significantly changed during the last decades, efforts still have to be done to be able to embrace future technological and environmental challenges related to the new transitions. There is thus a need for a new generation of graduates fitted not only with strong basics in this field but also with a new vision of what manufacturing has to be.

The objectives of SMAT is thus to train the future industrial managers, researchers and lecturers with a strong technical and scientific expertise but also characterised by specific skills to face the challenges to come. This programme will specifically aim at:

  • Providing the graduates strong basis in materials and manufacturing processes ;
  • Developing a practical sense by implementing a wide range of manufacturing processes and characterisation techniques;
  • Developing international and intercultural skills through the various mobility opportunities;
  • Training the graduates in collaborative work and project management;
  • Proposing key specialisations in digital manufacturing, smart processes, clean processes and component durability.


This international master's programme is taught entirely in English. All courses in semester 1 are offered on the campus of Saint-Etienne while the following semesters can be attended at one of the partner universities: Mines Saint-Etienne - EMSE (FR), Technical University of Chemnitz - TUC (Germany), University of Ljubljana - ULJ (Slovenia), National University of Science and Technology – NUST/MISIS (Russia) and a Swedish partner (under discussion). This programme especially builds on the strong, internationally recognized expertise of each partner’s research laboratories.

The course is divided into 4 semesters:

Semester 1: Fundamental on manufacturing processes (campus of Saint-Etienne)

  • Basics of production engineering
  • Metalworking processes
  • Additive manufacturing
  • High temperature processes
  • Physical Measurement
  • Transverse project on manufacturing technologies
  • Research Methods
  • Modern language

Semester 2: Fundamental on materials and their characterisation (EMSE – Saint-Etienne or NUST/MISIS – Russia)

Materials: Correlation between microstructure and mechanical properties, Material selection, Thermodynamics and kinetics of materials

Characterisation: Modern Equipment and Techniques for Investigation of Structure and Properties of Metallic Alloys; Methods of Surfaces and Interfaces Investigation (OM, SEM, TEM, EBSD, XRD, AFM & others)

2 month internship

Semester 3: Specialisation

Whether at Ecole Centrale de Lyon site Saint-Etienne, or in one of the partner universities depending on the selected specialisation track:

  • Digital Manufacturing – Sweden (under discussion)
  • Clean Manufacturing – Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Sustainable Manufacturing – Saint-Etienne, France
  • Smart Manufacturing – Chemnitz, Germany

Semester 4: Research internship

6 month internship conducted whether in industry or in one of the partner research laboratories.

Career paths

The main employment opportunities for graduates from his programme will be R&D or interdisciplinary project manager positions in the industry covering sectors from energy, transports, manufacturing to a greater extent and material production. They will also be able to work in academic research or higher education with possibilities to go on a PhD.

Applications for 2022-2023 academic year

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are now closed. Applicants will be notified by email by 24 June 2022 at the latest. (A confirmation will be requested).


For the 1st year of Master: a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific subject related to the topics of this Master. English language, minimum level B2.

[Open in 2022-2023] - For enrolment directly in 2d year of Master: a completed first year of a Master’s programme in a related discipline. English language, minimum level B2.

Documents you must provide

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of your passport or identity document
  • Passport or identity photo
  • An academic reference from one of your professors, from the last year of your latest academic programme
  • A reference from your employer if you are not currently registered as a student
  • Transcript of your academic results for the current year (Bachelor or Masters programme) and for all the preceding years of your university programmes.
  • Copy of the last degree certificate that you were awarded
  • English language certificate, level B2 – intermediate/advanced (Minimum levels : IELTS 5.0, TOIEC 400, EFSET 51, TOEFL IBT 72, Cambridge FCE, CECR B2, ILR 2, ACTFL Advanced mid, CLB 7, TOEIC 605) or documentary evidence of a minimum of three years of full time education conducted in the English language.