The students in the IntREE graduate school will acquire a solid background in various topics, ranging from fundamental to applied sciences. The GS-program is designed to include hands-on laboratory experiences during the two years of Master to strengthen the student’s capability to learn actively, think independently, and work in team. The students will also be exposed to the latest developments in industrial R&D through courses given by industrial partners and internships.

The IntREE students will be enrolled into appropriate Master which ensure the fundamental teachings used within their disciplines (named “CORE” courses). In addition specific common courses will be delivered by researcher or industrial partners.

This course aims to develop a unified framework for understanding the multifaceted aspects of atomic force microscopy.
Introduction to Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) – Tip surface interactions (Van der Waals, Coulomb force…) – AFM instrumentation Imaging surfaces in contact mode – Imaging surfaces in dynamic modes (non-contact, tapping, peak force…) – Operating environments – Local properties determination (mechanical, magnetic, electric properties…) – Force spectroscopy-single molecules interactions – Image analysis and filtering – Practices

In addition to their diploma/degree, the students will receive the GS-IntREE label certification attesting to the excellence of research-based training in the area of « Interfaces ».


The associated Master (see the list below) offer to « top » students a IntREE-track. The following  diagram provides a simplified overview of the education schematic.


Track GS-IntREE within a Master


The « core » or specialized courses are Masters courses that the student takes in his or her speciality. They ensure the fundamental teachings used within their disciplines.

The students will spent about 3 days a week on their research training in their chosen field of research. This first project starts in october and runs until the end of the semester S1 (training report, oral/poster presentation).

The ojectives are to introduce the GS-students to research methodologies by :

  • Read key publications
  • Develop a network of colleagues,
  • Learn the basic experimental and simulation techniques,
  • Learn to write a scientific report,

These are IntREE-specific courses, therefore attended by all registered students. They are:

  • Cross-disciplinary courses
    Somes examples : Electron-matter intearction, numerical methods, numerical simulation at the atomic scale, Radiation-matter interaction, topographic and mechanical characterization of surfaces and interfaces: atomic force microscopy and nanoindentation
  • Soft skills courses
    English (for non-native English language and/or french), Professional word, Quality …

There are 3-5 months paid interships.

  • For Poitiers Undergraduates, this research internship should be carried out in a laboratory abroad or in a company.
  • For other french Undergraduates, this research internship should be carried out in a laboratory abroad, in a company, or in a non-partner research department at his or her master.
  • For Undergraduates from other counties this research internship should be carried out in any department of the two associated institutes.

In all cases they must be confirmed by the pedagogical team of the IntREE-GS.

It is a group project in which 3 GS-students enrolled into 3 different masters must carry out a joint project under the supervision of a researcher. The project shall be presented in form of video.

There are 4-6 months paid interships.

Master courses

The University of Poitiers and the two engineering schools currently propose 6 various divisions of Master degree strongly connected with the research laboratories.

The master offers three specialities on fundamental knowledge and aims to provide a high level of expertise in the fields of structures, thermal science, aerodynamics or energetics; on Aeronautical Mechanics and Energetics which aims to train students at a high level of expertise in energetics and materials applied in aerospace propulsion and the third provides skills in theory, modelisation, simulation and experimentation of turbulent flows and their coupling with other phenomena.

More information (in french).

The Master of chemistry offers a wide variety of courses to teach the necessary skills and knowledge to be a modern chemist across the following fields: analytical chemistry, green chemistry and catalysis, organic chemistry, water chemistry, materials chemistry and physics. Interfaces science is essential to understand/control many chemical reactions (catalysed or not) or perform physical or chemical analyses.

More information (in french).

“International master in clay science”  which provides skills on characterization, properties of finely divided minerals with applications in environmental issues, mineral and energetic resources, geomaterials, eco and nanomaterials. Both specializations develop integrative approaches based on multidisciplinary knowledges including naturalist, physico-chemical and modeling skills.

More information (in french). or in English


The master aims to train specialists in the field of renewable energy who will be able to design energy management systems and to optimize the energy efficiency of industrial systems. This multidisciplinary training is composed of three approaches: a theoretical approach allowing the understanding of the involved physical phenomena, a technological approach describing the functioning of industrial systems, and an approach based on multiphysical numerical simulations.

More information (in french).

The Master in Mechanical Engineering is based on the product development and design. It offers multidisciplinary basic courses, as vibrations, structure and materials design, and also particular courses in bio-engineering, optical measurement methods, tribology and robotics.

More information (in french).

The master aims to train students at high level in solid state physics and materials. It is based on fundamental and thematic courses in physics, to provide the students the needed expertise to approach the major issues related to the properties, the characterization and the synthesis of materials, in connection with the physical mechanisms involved.

More information (in french).

Specific courses (GS scientific objectives)

  • Scientific courses
  • Transferable courses
  • Internship / practical courses

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