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Master Ingénierie des systèmes complexes

  • Niveau de diplôme

    BAC +5

  • ECTS

    120 crédits

  • Durée

    2 années

  • Langues d'enseignement



The Master's programme in Complex Systems Engineering at Savoie Mont Blanc University (USMB) offers a programme entitled Advanced Mechatronics. It is an internationally oriented course, taught in English and research-oriented.

Mechatronics is at the meeting point of the physical world and the digital world. It is a process integrating in synergy several sciences and skills (mechanics, electronics, control science and computer science). It enables the conception and design of products and systems offering increased or improved functionality. This requires to place the design of the product or system within its overall life cycle and to adopt a cooperative interdisciplinary approach.

Organised over 4 semesters, the training is strongly based on a project-based pedagogy and on a competency approach based on the use of an e-portfolio. It is also supported by contact hours (lectures, seminars, practical works) as well as self-directed study based on digital contents.

Admission in 1st or 2nd year is possible, depending on the held degree.

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During the training, students acquire the skills necessary to:

Design and achieve a mechatronic system

  • by implementing the life cycle of the system
  • by implementing an integrated process of multiphysics and multi-technology modeling, simulation and design
  • by choosing, designing or implementing the components of the mechatronic system: mechanical and electromechanical, sensors, instrumentation, architectures, digital infrastructure

Manage a research project

  • by organising their activity and that of a team
  • by reporting to the project owner
  • by considering the questions of eco-responsibility of their projects and their legal and

Master the expectations for research activities

  • by managing and spreading scientific knowledge
  • by applying the principles of professional ethics
  • by knowing how research is organized and funded
  • by understanding the issues of intellectual property
  • by working in an international context
  • by managing uncertainty and challenges
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Dimension internationale

Taught in English, the Advanced Mechatronics Master's programme welcomes students from abroad since its opening (Spain, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Mexico, India...).

The teaching team is at the origin of the creation of the International Network for Higher Education in Engineering (INHEE), which brings together, in addition to USMB, the following institutions:


The USMB's Master's programme in Complex Systems Engineering is involved in the XP2P project "Crossing Borders: Peer-to-Peer Education in Mechatronics" under Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ programme, in the "Strategic Partnerships" section. The aim of the project is the implementation and evaluation of peer learning in a context of project-based learning and competency-based assessment from an e-portfolio.

The programme is also involved in the SysE2021 project, a Franco-Italian Interreg Alcotra project with the University of Genoa. Click on the following links for more information on the project and on Interreg Alcotra programme.

Students in the Advanced Mechatronics Master's programme may apply for mobility in one of the many international partners of Polytech Annecy-Chambéry engineering school, within which the Master's programme is prepared.

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Les atouts de la formation

The programme, taught in English, in an international context, is based on a student-centred pedagogy that encourages the development of autonomy and collaborative work for a better preparation for professional life: project-based learning, peer learning, e-portfolio and competency-based approach.

During each semester, students carry out projects, being immersed in a research laboratory which is a partner of the master’s programme, in contact with researchers on subjects, some of which may be in collaboration with companies.
During the first 3 semesters of the programme, students develop their capacity to take up collective challenges by preparing their participation in the international Robocup challenge.

Finally, an optional internship is possible at the end of the 1st year and a final year internship (16 weeks at least) during the second semester of the 2nd year is compulsory. The local industrial base is conducive to the realisation of internships in line with the training programme. There is a strong link between training and research. An example of this link is the USMB's Disrupt'Campus Piton, which offers opportunities for final year internships.

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Effectifs attendus

Capacité d'accueil de la 1ère année (1st year capacity) : 20 places

Capacité d'accueil de la 2ème année (2nd year capacity) : 20 places

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Aménagements d'études


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Date de début de la formation

14th September 2021

Date de fin de la formation

M1 : 30th June 2022 - M2 : internship end 31st August 2022 at the latest and internship defence 7th September 2022 at the latest


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M1-M2 Advanced mechatronics

Three main competencies are developed during the curriculum through supervised sessions, on-line courses and projects:
1. Design and achieve a mechatronic system
2. Manage a research project
3. Master the skills required for research activities

Summary of the programme

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  • UE701 Mechatronics framework

    10 crédits
    • Mechatronics common framework (MCTR701_AM)

      3 crédits
    • Metrology for mechatronic systems (MCTR702_AM)

      3 crédits
    • S7 Collective project in the framework of an international challenge (PROJ702_AM)

      4 crédits
  • UE702 Tools for a research project

    12 crédits
    • Bibliographical tools & project management (RECH701_AM)

      2 crédits
    • Communication for research (LANG701_AM)

      4 crédits
    • S7 Collective research project (PROJ703_AM)

      6 crédits
  • UE703 Individual project and openness courses

    8 crédits
    • S7 Individual project (PROJ701_AM)

      5 crédits
    • Au choix: 3 parmi 7

      • Materials for mechatronics (MATE701_AM)

        2 crédits
      • Heat transfer in mechatronic systems (PHYS701_AM)

        1 crédits
      • Signals and systems, continuous control (EASI701_AM)

        2 crédits
      • Development and deployment frameworks (INFO701_AM)

        1 crédits
      • French classes for non-French speaking people (LANG702_AM)

        1 crédits
  • UE801 Toolbox for research in mechatronics

    9 crédits
    • Modelling, simulation and numerical analysis (MCTR801_AM)

      2 crédits
    • Core skills, research organizations and standards (RECH801_AM)

      1 crédits
    • S8 Collective research project (PROJ803_AM)

      6 crédits
  • UE802 International project and Design tools for mechatronics

    11 crédits
    • S8 Collective project in the framework of an international challenge (PROJ802_AM)

      4 crédits
    • Au choix: 7 parmi 13

      • Design of experiments (MCTR802_AM)

        1 crédits
      • Computer-aided design CAD (MECA801_AM)

        3 crédits
      • Instrumentation electronics, MEMS and actuators (EASI801_AM)

        3 crédits
      • Architecture and robotics (INFO802_AM)

        4 crédits
      • Data science (INFO801_AM)

        2 crédits
  • UE803 Individual project and specialisation/openness courses

    10 crédits
    • S8 Individual project (PROJ801_AM)

      5 crédits
    • Au choix: 5 parmi 11

      • Finite element simulation (MECA802_AM)

        2 crédits
      • Multiphysics coupling in materials (MATE801_AM)

        2 crédits
      • Physics for autonomous wireless systems (PHYS801_AM)

        1 crédits
      • Embedded control and computer science (EASI802_AM)

        3 crédits
      • Security Protect the system from intrusion (INFO803_AM)

        2 crédits
      • French classes for non-French speaking people (FLE) (LANG801_AM)

        1 crédits
  • UE901 Embedded systems and supervision

    13 crédits
    • Embedded systems introduction to supervision methods, models and tools (MCTR901_AM)

      3 crédits
    • Collective Research S9 project (PROJ901_AM)

      10 crédits
  • UE902 Rights, ethics and scientific diffusion

    9 crédits
    • Intellectual property, contracts, law (RECH901_AM)

      2 crédits
    • Ethics and scientific diffusion (RECH902_AM)

      2 crédits
    • Individual S9 project (PROJ902_AM)

      5 crédits
  • UE903 Preparation for doctoral studies

    8 crédits
    • Research funding and PhD communication (RECH903_AM)

      3 crédits
    • Collective S9 project in the framework of an international challenge (PROJ903_AM)

      5 crédits
  • UE001 Internship devoted to research topic

    30 crédits
    • Internship (PROJ001_AM)

      30 crédits


A qui s'adresse la formation ?

To apply for entering the 1st year of the programme, candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent and demonstrate a good command of English (B2 level minimum recommended). An interest in research and development and a willingness to involve themselves in a training with a strong emphasis on project-based learning is recommended.

The recommended Bachelor's degrees are in the fields of:

  • Engineering sciences
  • Science and technology
  • Mechanics
  • Electronics, electrical energy, control science

Depending on the courses taken, Bachelor’s degrees in Computer science or Physics may be eligible.

For candidates holding a foreign degree, the degree must be equivalent to a French Bachelor's degree (“Licence”) to enter the 1st year (180 ECTS) and at least equivalent to a first year Master's degree to enter the second year (240 ECTS). The degree must be in the field of mechatronics (engineering sciences, mechanics, electronics, electrical energy, control science) or in a related scientific field (computer science, physics) with courses oriented towards engineering sciences.

Applications are examined by an admission board and admissions are pronounced by the President of USMB based on the admission board proposals.

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Attendus de la formation

In order to succeed in the SCI-Advanced Mechatronics Master's degree, it is necessary, at the end of the Bachelor’s programme, to possess

  • scientific expertise: This master's programme implies the ability to analyse, pose a problem and carry out a reasoning, a capacity for abstraction, logic and modelling and the command of a core of disciplinary knowledge in engineering sciences acquired in the first study cycle and associated experimental methods.
  • communication skills: This Master's programme requires the ability to communicate in writing and orally in a rigorous and adapted manner, an ability to document oneself, all in English, language which must be mastered at least at a B2 level.
  • methodological and behavioural skills: This master's programmes requires intellectual curiosity, the ability to organise and conduct learning independently, the ability to plan personal work and to stick to it over time, and the ability to adopt new digital tools. Finally, it requires an appetite for collaborative work in an international context.
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Et après

Poursuite d'études hors USMB

Possibility to carry on doctoral studies in laboratories partners of the Master’s programme, depending on thesis subjects, application quality and available funding.

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Métiers visés et insertion professionnelle

Graduate destinations:

  • Engineering activities in public or private R&D centres
  • High level technical and scientific activities in specialised design offices.
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