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Specialized Master IHME Polytech
  • Diploma prepared: Mastère Spécialisé® - Circular Economy and Sustainable Organization (ECOD)
  • Average number of students in a class: 10
  • Entry-levelstudent profiles: Mechanical engineering, electronics, materials, computer science, civil engineering, robotics, energetics, applied mathematics, chemistry, biotechnology, biomedical engineering.
  • Possible courses: Initial Training (IT), Continuing Training (CT), Professionalization Contract (PC)
  • Campus: Château-Gombert

Objective of the IHME Post-Master's Program

This Post-Master's Program in Sports Engineering - Human-Material-Environment Interaction (IHME) is unique in France.

At Bac+6 level, it is aimed at engineers or graduates of any other accredited university course at M2 level, wishing to complement their initial skills with expertise in interactions between Man, Material and the Environment in the field of sport.

The aim is to meet the specific engineering needs of manufacturers (advanced materials, data processing, ergonomics, project and production management, embedded systems, etc.) for the development of their innovations, products and services.

The one-year course is hybrid (classroom and e-learning) and can be taken as initial training, alternating work-study programs (Contrats de Professionnalisation) or continuing education. The result of collaboration between several components of Aix-Marseille University, it involves teams from the Polytech engineering school, the Faculty of Sports Science and the Faculty of Science.

The Master's degree is accredited by the CGE and the 4Digital label.


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The duration of the Post-Master's Program in Sports Engineering - IHME - is one year (12 full months).

Students wishing to take a few extra weeks to finalize their professional thesis may be authorized to defend their thesis beyond this period, up to a maximum of 2 months. Students who wish to defend their professional thesis in advance will not be allowed to do so.

Two-thirds of courses are taught remotely. The University of Aix-Marseille has developed numerous secure tools and platforms to ensure optimum pedagogical quality.

Location of courses :

Face-to-face teaching (practical work, projects, Hackaton) and exams take place :

  • at the Luminy Science and Technology Park, on the premises of Polytech (10%) and the Faculty of Sports Science (65%)
  • on the Technopôle de Château-Gombert, on Polytech premises (25%)
  • Training organization

    The training course represents around 460 hours (+ work placement for students in Initial Training), including :

    • Two compulsory refresher courses (from a choice of three), for a total of 160 hours. These 2 "compulsory" teaching units for students (scheduled at the start of the curriculum - September-December) are designed to immerse them in 2 fields complementary to their initial skills (vs. initial engineering degree or M2), so that they can work in complementary teams.
    • Five Specialized Teaching Units (January-April), for a total of 240 hours of practical work in different formats (weeks blocked off in Marseille) and projects that complement and adapt to professional objectives.
    • A team project (end of April) in a challenge format lasting 60 h non-stop, under the aegis of a mixed industrial-academic jury.
    • Industrial and societal seminars, ethics, etc.

    All courses are taught in French. Some seminars may be given in English, depending on the nationality of the lecturers.

    To ensure that students are able to follow these seminars, candidates' level of English (standard certifications, TOEIC, etc.) will be examined at the time of selection, or even during a recruitment interview.

  • Detailed structuring of the IHME Post-Master's Program units

    U.E.(s) de Mise à niveau

    U.E. Upgrade 1: Digital Engineering <80h>

    • ECUE "Computer Science" - 32H
    • ECUE "Connected Objects" - 28H
    • Embedded Systems - 20H

    U.E. Level 2: Mechanical Engineering <80h>

    • ECUE "Manufacturing Processes" - 22H
    • ECUE "Design and Sizing" - 26H
    • ECUE "Materials for Engineering" - 32H

    U.E. Upgrade 3: Human Movement Engineering <80h>

    • ECUE "Characteristics of the Human Body" - 20H
    • ECUE "Ergonomics" - 20H
    • ECUE "Quantified evaluation of movement" - 40H

    Specialization U.E.(s)

    U.E. Specialization 1: Knowledge of problems in the field - 50H

    • ECUE "Real constraints" - 22H
    • ECUE "Data processing" - 20H
    • ECUE "Trauma" - 8H

    U.E. Specialization 2: From specifications to commercial product - 50H

    • ECUE "Eco Conception" - 18H
    • ECUE "Green Supply Chain" - 18H
    • Co-design & Marketing" - 14H

    U.E. Specialization 3: New technologies - 50H

    • ECUE "Virtual Reality, Graphic Interface" - 30H
    • ECUE "Sensors, Performance Support, Feedback, Conditioning" - 20H

    U.E. de Spécialisation 4 : Design, prototyping and industrialization of sports equipment - 50H

    • ECUE "Design and sizing" - 20H
    • Advanced Processes & Prototyping" - 22H
    • ECUE "Innovative Materials and Sustainability" - 8H

    U.E. de spécialisation 5 " Enseignements Transversaux " - 40H

    • Communicating better
    • How do social networks promote & improve customer relations in the world of sports products?
    • Marketing / Distribution
    • Management in a hybrid organizational context
    • Team management
    • Project management
    • Technology transfer; Incubator
    • Normative aspects / Scientific and technological watch

    In each Specialization Unit: Seminars: industry and society, ethics, high-level athletes, special populations: children, disabled athletes, seniors, etc.

    U.E. Team project - IHME Hackathon - 60H

  • Planning the UEs of the Post-Master Program - IHME

    Scheduling of UEs in the Post-Master's Program - IHME

    Face-to-face TP/TD grouped over 5-day weeks and hackaton days (60h) represent around 32% of the course's hourly volume. Distance learning therefore represents around 68% of the total hourly volume (540h).

    Monthly sequence

    1 week of remote or face-to-face teaching (average 7 hours per day) / 1 week at the company

    Yearly sequence

    • Start of courses : Monday, September 25, 2023
    • End of course: mid-May 2024
    • For students in Initial Training, 4-month internship at the end of the year (May-September year N+1)
    • Professional thesis defense & jury: 2nd half of September 2024
  • Internship / Professional thesis

    Theoretical and methodological training prepares students for their work placements. This training enables students to acquire knowledge and know-how directly applicable in the field, which they will put into practice during their professional thesis. Students are expected to carry out a specific project based on a well-defined real-life issue, with initiative and rigor. To do so, they must demonstrate their technical and managerial skills, in particular by integrating the project approach. They must also be interested in innovation (technological or organizational) within the company.

    The assignment can take place in France or abroad, in industrial or service companies. At the end of the assignment, students will be required to write a professional report summarizing the mission, which will be completed by an oral presentation before a jury. This report must reflect the conduct of a coherent project, carried out with intellectual rigor and conceptualization in mind. Critical analysis of the project's progress, putting it into perspective and understanding its implications for the company are an integral part of the assignment. This summary report should provide the host company with useful documentation for further work.

    To ensure the success of the in-company assignment, the trainees will be supported by two categories of tutors.

    Experienced industrial tutors, whose role is to define the assignment, then help and guide the trainees through the many steps they will have to take in the field; academic tutors, who, together with the training managers, will ensure that the assignment is consistent with the objectives of the Master's program. They advise trainees through frequent meetings, and help them prepare and defend their professional thesis.

    In the case of students in initial training, the professional thesis will include a 4-month full-time in-company assignment during the months of May-August. This represents around 560 hours.

    For other students, the professional thesis is spread over the whole year, and represents the same hourly volume and ECTS credit.

  • Hackathon "Innovation en Ingénierie du sport"

    Le Hackathon "Innovation en Ingénierie du sport" est organisé par Polytech Marseille, la Faculté des Sciences du Sport et la Faculté des Sciences, en partenariat avec le réseau PEPITE (Pôles Étudiants Pour l’Innovation, le Transfert et l’Entrepreneuriat).

    Ce Business Game réunit des équipes pluridisciplinaires dirigées chacune par un ou deux étudiants du Mastère Spécialisé IHME, qui ont 60 heures non-stop pour répondre au mieux à des problématiques d’innovation dans le domaine du sport.

    En 2024 des élèves de Centrale Méditerranée, de l'IAE, de la faculté des sciences, de la faculté des sciences et du sport et des élèves-ingénieurs de Polytech Marseille ont participés au concours.

The IHME Master's degree is a professional training program designed to develop the personal and professional skills needed to become an engineer and project manager: autonomy, adaptability, scalability, integration skills and teamwork. Activities related to the job are :

Design, optimize and organize all technical solutions

  • Master and implement product production/manufacturing methods
  • Take into account productivity and quality requirements
  • Take into account the imperatives of sustainable development and the circular economy.

Target skills

  • Identify the different categories, circuits and regulations/standards in sports equipment;
  • Use sensors, analyze signals, analyze video images, use data acquisition analysis methods, make recommendations;
  • Identify the architecture of competition equipment, carry out and analyze dimensioning calculations, manage and analyze mechanical tests, propose new solutions, optimize a structure;
  • Motion engineering: analysis methods and tools, signal processing, robotics, human interactions with the environment;
  • Identify materials used in industry, learn about "new" materials, analyze behavior, analyze the impact of materials on performance;
  • Manage a project, particularly an innovative project, write a report, communicate;
  • Scientific approach and communication: know how to use the scientific approach to understand a question, select, justify, implement methodologies and procedures, disseminate and transfer knowledge.
  • Teaching environment

    All the academic teaching staff and a large proportion of the professional lecturers are professionals with links to scientific research, and as such are in contact with innovation and at the cutting edge of knowledge in their field of expertise. The other industrial lecturers, most of whom are consultants or auditors, have been chosen for the excellence of their know-how, which they maintain on a daily basis through their expert activities.

  • Socio-economic environment

    Many companies support the IHME Specialized Master®. All the companies and institutions to which this project was presented during its design process approved the proposed training theme, format and timing.

    Partner companies include sports equipment manufacturers and members of Union Sport et Cycles (the leading professional organization in the sports and leisure sector), as well as local and national small and medium-sized businesses with a sporting vocation.

  • Research support

    The associated Aix-Marseille Université laboratory(ies) involved in this course have cutting-edge activities with applications in the field of sports engineering:

    • Institut des Sciences du Mouvement Étienne-Jules Marey (UMR 7287 CNRS) ;
    • Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique (UPR 7051 CNRS);
    • Applied Biomechanics Laboratory (UMR T24 Université Gustave Eiffel)
    • The Computer Science and Systems Laboratory (UMR 7020 CNRS)
    • Matériaux Microélectronique et Nanosciences de Provence Institute (UMR 7334 CNRS)
  • Associated structures/technology platforms

  • Opportunities for graduates

    Athletes' performance is also evolving, thanks to increasingly high-performance sports equipment. Moving from idea to product, the design, engineering and manufacture of this innovative equipment requires qualified professionals with multiple skills, working in teams with a global vision of a project.

    The Ingénierie du sport-IHME specialization is designed to meet the need to diversify jobs in the sports and leisure equipment sector, and offers a wide range of opportunities for professional integration into high-level positions.

  • Target professions and functions

    • Engineering: Chief designer, design engineer, methods and industrialization engineer, structural calculation engineer, test engineer;
    • Operations: Product engineer, operations engineer, data engineer, performance/ergonomics engineer, production engineer, quality engineer;
    • R&D: R&D department/activity manager, R&D engineer in sports equipment companies.
    • Management: Technical director, technical project manager.
  • Potential employers

    • Major groups
    • Local or international SMEs with a sporting vocation

    Developments in the sports world today point to a professionalization of the sector, reflecting the difficulties encountered by traditional players in meeting the new demands of sports enthusiasts. This professionalization takes many forms. It may involve the athletes themselves, employees of sports organizations streamlining administrative procedures, technicians perfecting training methods, teachers innovating teaching content, or executives and managers investing in the sports and leisure sector to produce goods (sportswear and articles) and services (leisure, sport/health).

    The diversity of the companies that support the Post-Master's Program - IHME bears witness to the wide range of outlets for this training. This reflects the very different realities on the ground, both in terms of company size and industrial sector. In view of the professions targeted, most of the activities are highly responsible, requiring a high degree of autonomy, professional expertise and in-depth knowledge of the market and customers.

The IHME Specialized Master puts you in touch with companies offering work-study contracts that meet your expectations.

Are you looking for a company to complete your work-study program and sign your professionalization contract?

We're here to help you with a complete tour of our job offers dedicated to work-study programs: several offers are available from French companies for IHME Specialized Master students.

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