Materials Science Degree Apprenticeship

The Materials Science Degree Apprenticeship trains materials engineers via a work-study programme to be able to design and shape products and build multi-material assemblies.
The engineering degree cycle is divided between Rennes (year 1) and Saint-Brieuc (years 2 and 3).
Spécialité Matériaux par apprentissage diplôme ingénieur en partenariat avec IUT Saint Brieuc


The Materials Science Apprenticeship programme trains materials engineers to:

•    Characterize the behavior of materials and end products using various experimental methods,
•    Choose a material when designing a product based on its use, taking into account its environmental footprint.
•    Contribute to the development of new materials
•    Use numerical tools
•    Lead a research and development project by supervising a team, including in an international context

The course programme, in partnership with ITII Bretagne, alternates between periods at ESIR and the company for the duration of the three-year engineering degree cycle.

The periods at ESIR are shared between the Beaulieu campus (Rennes) in year 1, and the Grand Mazier campus (Saint-Brieuc) in years 2 and 3.

Business sectors and career opportunities

The main target industries are as follows:

  • Automotive, aeronautics, marine, watersports and leisure boating
  • Construction and public works
  • Chemical, mineral products, rubber, plastics and glass sectors
  • Metallurgy
  • Electrical and microelectronic components
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Sports and leisure

Our graduates can be employed in a variety of positions:

  • Lead Project Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Quality Control and Analysis Engineer
  • Process and Methods Engineer
  • Technical Sales Engineer

Course and work-study programme

Science and technology courses, and courses in human and social sciences (management, English, communication, sustainable development, etc.)

  • A wide range of materials: ceramics, glass, polymers, metals and alloys, composites, bio-sourced materials, etc.
  • Knowledge and use of numerical simulation tools
  • Active involvement of industrial partners
  • Semesters 5 to 7: work-study programme with (approx.) 4 weeks in-school and 4 weeks in-company training; longer in-company periods in semesters 8 and 9; semester 10 in company
  • International experience: 12 weeks during the "in-company" period. This mobility period can be completed in one or more instalments

The timetables for the work-study programme are as follows:

2021-2024 work-study timetable

Calendrier alternance 2021-2024

2022-2025 work-study timetable

alternance 2022-2025

2023-2026 work-study timetable

Calendrier alternance 2023 - 2026

Recruitment criteria

Who can apply?

Strongly supported by companies in the Materials sector, the Materials Science apprenticeship is open to students with a two-year undergraduate qualification (Bac+2).
Candidates with a two-year technical diploma (DUT) or a three-year undergraduate degree (BUT) in Materials Science and Engineering (SGM), or a two-year technical diploma in Physical Measurements (MP) are particularly well suited to this course.
More broadly, holders of an L2 or L3 in Science (Physics, Chemistry, Engineering Sciences, etc.) or an advanced technician certificate (BTS) in materials, preferably after completing an industrial technology preparatory course (ATS), can apply to join the programme.

Admission is by application and interview

  • Phase 1: Confirmation of candidate eligibility
  • Phase 2: Final admission after signing an apprenticeship contract

Admissions calendar:

  • Online applications open: Monday, 23 January 2023
  • Application deadline: Sunday, 26 March 2023
  • Pre-selection commission: 29 & 30 March 2023
  • Publication of pre-selection results: Friday, 31 March 2023
  • Student interviews: 17-19 April 2023
  • Final results: Friday, 21 April 2023
  • Administrative registration: beginning July 2023