M2 Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media (MPPM)

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M2 Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media (MPPM)





Understanding the mechanics, the physics and their couplings appearing in fluid-filled porous media is a keystone for solving forthcoming challenges in Energy and Environment. Indeed, porous media are ubiquitous in many natural and industrial systems of interest in various fields of engineering such as: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Material Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, or Food Industry, to mention only a few.


The MPPM course focuses on the Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media. It encompasses their experimental characterisation by indirect porosimetry and direct imaging, poromechanical behaviour modelling, transport properties estimation, fluid-solid couplings and the properties of confined fluids in porous media.

This international master’s degree offers multidisciplinary key courses to achieve an advanced specialist level in all areas involving porous media such as geomechanics or physics of porous materials. It is suited for students planning both an academic or an industrial career and provides the theoretical basis and the practical expertise required to pursue in research, in R&D structures or in companies.


  • Prepare students at an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges in (geo)mechanics or physics of porous media,
  • Develop engineering research skills to engage in quality and successful research,
  • Prepare students for leading positions in industry and government Research and Development departments.

Knowledge and skills

At the end of this program, the students in the Master of Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media will be able to:

  • Justify a solid expertise in mechanics or physics of porous materials,
  • Design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data,•
  • Review, analyze, and interpret the body of scientific literature, contemporary issues and innovations in physics and mechanics area,
  • Plan and define a research or R&D project to understand a physical phenomenon pertaining to mechanics or physics of porous media.

Additional information

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Training content

Semester 1 (30 ECTS) - From September to December

Statistical thermodynamics, adsorption & interfaces

  • Statistical Thermodynamics and Thermodynamics of adsorption
  • Practical approaches of adsorption properties

Characterization of porous media by direct and indirect techniques

  • Gas and mercury porosimetry
  • X-ray spectroscopy and microscopy
  • X-ray and neutron imaging techniques

Solid mechanics and computational modelling

  • Basics of Continnum Mechanics
  • Space and time discretisation
  • Computational modelling and CAST3M practical project

Poromechanics, fracture and transport

  • Effective stress, poromechanics and fracture mechanics
  • Permeabilities. Reactive transport
  • Fracture mechanics


  • French or Spanish as a Foreign Language



Semester 2 (30 ECTS) From January to June

Research internship

Examples of internships offerred in 2018-2019 :

  • Use of sea-shells for environmental-friendly concretes and high-performance cement-based grouts,
  • Hydrogen storage in innovative hybrid materials,
  • Size effect on strength and fracture energy,
  • Cristallisation-induced damage in heterogeneous rocks - Application to haloclasty. Anglet coast ISA-BTP - Anglet



Access condition

Academic requirements

Applicants must hold an M1 (1st year of a master degree) or a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English has to take a recognized international English test.

Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English

Inscription modalities


Regarding national administrative university enrollment fees: the French Ministerial Order of April 19, 2019, amended on June 9, 2020, sets the annual tuition for extra-European students enrolling in a Master program at €3770.

For the academic year 2021-2022, conditions and procedures for requesting partial reduction of these fees will be updated in February 2021, once the newly elected board and councils of the UPPA is in place and deliberates about this question.

Should the reduction fees be applied, the enrollment fees would be 640 euros for extra-European students.

Candidates who have taken a break of more than two years from their studies are not subject to paying the CVEC, however they need to contact the UPPA’s Continuing Education service (formation continue) in order to request a personalized quote regarding their tuition. 

And after

Further studies

  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Material engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Research and R&D structures
  • PhD student and R&D Engineer


Person in charge


COLLEGE STEE -Sciences Anglet
1 Allée du Parc Montaury
64600 ANGLET
Phone : +33 559574415

Email : christelle.miqueu @ univ-pau.fr

More info

Type of education

  • Initial training
  • Ongoing training
  • Foreign students

Internship Mandatory (5 months)

From November 10, 2020 to April 19, 2021

Teaching start
September 1, 2021