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The Materials doctoral school covers a wide disciplinary field at the interface of physics, chemistry and mechanics with a common denominator, materials science. Backed by a large number of materials science and engineering laboratories in Lyon, it is one of the 17 EDs of the UDL doctoral college. Its objective is to offer its doctoral students quality training in and through research and to help them prepare for their professional future.

Based on the activities of 6 research units, all recognised by the CNRS, the Materials ED offers a particularly rich and favourable framework for research. This research covers development, characterisation, study and modelling.

It also benefits from the scientific resources and networks of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (supporting institution) and those of the two other supervising institutions, the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and the INSA de Lyon, which enables it to provide doctoral supervision under the best possible conditions.

The vitality of the Lyon Materials Doctoral School is based on solid foundations both in terms of university training and the industrial fabric (the region brings together nearly 20% of the national materials community).

The missions

The main missions of the Materials doctoral school are to offer doctoral students a doctoral training and an environment conducive to the advancement of their research as well as to help them define a solid professional project throughout their thesis:
To do this, the Materials ED ensures that it :
  • Implementing a PhD student admission policy based on explicit, public and selective criteria,
  • Ensure the quality of the supervision of doctoral students by the research units and teams,
  • To ensure the proper implementation and respect of the Thesis Charter. It ensures that doctoral students are able to prepare and defend their thesis in the best conditions,
  • To organise scientific and intellectual exchanges between doctoral students,
  • To offer doctoral students training courses useful to their research and professional projects, as well as the training necessary to acquire a broader scientific culture,
  • Organise follow-up and provide support for the professional integration of doctoral students,
  • To provide a European and international opening, in connection with foreign higher education institutions and research centres.

Organisation of the ED

04 72 18 62 51

ED Office

  • BENAYOUN Stéphane
  • MEILLE Sylvain
  • ESPUCHE Éliane
Doctoral students' office
ED Council

Composition :
EDML Office
Director of EDML BENAYOUN Stéphane
Deputy Director of EDML ESPUCHE Éliane
Deputy Director of EDML MEILLE Sylvain
Director of the UMR affiliated to the EDML or his/her representative
Representatives of the management of the parent institutions
ITA-BIATSS representatives
Representative 1 GRATON Olivier
Representative 2 DE ORDEÑANA Yann
Representatives of the socio-economic world
Safran SENANI Sophie
JED Innovation DOUCE Jérôme
Anthogyr COURTOIS Nicolas
Nexans SAHYOUN Jihane
Doctoral student representatives
Member of the doctoral students' office 1
Member of the doctoral students' office 2
Member of the doctoral students' office 3
Member of the doctoral students' office 4

The ED in figures

The Materials ED of Lyon is composed of 200 to 230 PhD students and can rely on a little more than 100 HDR (list of HDR) members of 7 mixed units of CNRS.

The results presented below, which provide a more precise profile of the doctoral students and their location in the various laboratories of the ED, are the result of a survey conducted during the first quarter of 2022 among all the doctoral students of the ED

    1) Academic background of recruited PhD students

    EDML doctoral students' baccalaureate grades


    Training profile of EDML doctoral students

    2) Internationalisation of recruitment

    Nationality of EDML doctoral students

    North America South America Asia CEE
    Ivory Coast United States Brazil South Korea Italy
    Tunisia Canada   Iran Belgium
    Morocco     Lebanon Germany
    Senegal     China Greece
    Egypt     Philippines  

    Nationality of foreign PhD students of the EDML

    3) International experiences

    Distribution by partner country of the EDML's co-supervised theses. They represent 10.1 % of all the ED's theses

    Partner institutions of the EDML's cotutelle theses
    Deakin University (Australie)
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
    Tohoku University
    University of Sherbrooke
    UFSC (Federal University of Santa Catarina)
    Politecnico de Torino
    University of Seville
    ETS Montréal
     University of Carthage
     Tunis el manar Tunisia

    72% of French EDML doctoral students have more than 3 months of academic experience abroad (and 26% > 6 months)

    Level of certification in English for all EDML doctoral students. From 2022 onwards, a minimum level of B2 will be required for enrolment in the EDML. 81% of foreign doctoral students have a level of French higher than or equal to the A2 certificate of French

    4) Origin of thesis funding


    100% of theses are funded for 36 months. Distribution of thesis funding types for EDML doctoral students.

    5) Distribution of doctoral students by laboratory and by institution


    6) Distribution of the supervision rate of EDML PhD students by HDRs