M2 Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media (MPPM)

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M2 Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media (MPPM)



Applications are open from December 2018 to April 2019 from https://aap-e2s.univ-pau.fr/siaap/pub/appel/view/5

Deadline extension for applications without scholarships: 31st of May  23:59

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

Mechanics and Physics in Porous media (MPPM)

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

Advanced mechanics and computational modelling

  • Non linear behaviour of materials : Plasticity, damage
  • Numerical methods for non-linear problems

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


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Access condition

Applications are open from December to April from http://aap.e2s-uppa.eu

Deadline extension for applications without scholarships: 31st of May  23:59

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

Application process

It consists of:

  • a cover letter
  • A copy of your passport
  • a transcript of records (the previous academic year and, if possible, the first term of the ongoing one) with rankings

For large files, it is preferable to send a link to a repository (e.g. wetransfer.com)

 Learn more:Here


Grants possibilities ( ATTENTION: applications for scholarships are closed from 30/04/2019)

  • Region Aquitaine Scholarships for non-EU students
  • E2S Talent's Academy Scholarships for all students
  • Master's scholarships

Tuition fees

- 4200 euros

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


Organizational unit

Person in charge

Gregoire David

Phone : +33 559574479

Email : david.gregoire @ univ-pau.fr

Miqueu Christelle

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

Email : christelle.miqueu @ univ-pau.fr


  • Anglet

More info

ECTS credits 60

Type of education

  • Initial training
  • Ongoing training
  • Foreign students

Number of students 10

Internship Mandatory (5 months)

From December 17, 2018 to May 31, 2019

Teaching start
September 2, 2019


Brochure (500 Ko)