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Master Year 1 High Energy Physics

Master Year 1 High Energy Physics

Program information will be updated when admission opens.

Year

Master Year 1

Program

High Energy Physics

ECTS Credits

60

Language

English

Orientation

Research

Location

Palaiseau Campus

Course duration

12 months, full time

Course start

September

Degree awarded

Master’s degree obtained on completion of a second year of Master

WHY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?

Asset n° 1

Prepare for a PhD

Asset n°2

Follow a high-level program in both theoretical and experimental high-energy physics

Asset n°3

Follow a Dual Degree at École polytechnique and ETH Zürich

High-energy physics is devoted to the study of elementary blocks of matter and associated forces. This relies on particle collider experiments at very high energy or very large beam intensities, as well as highly sensitive detectors. These experimental devices give access to the laws of physics at very short distances. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), launched in September 2008 at CERN, is the most spectacular example to date. The theoretical description of the laws of nature is based on mathematical theories characterized by their intrinsic simplicity and predictive power, and which incorporate the symmetries of physical phenomena.

The High-Energy Physics Master’s program offers comprehensive theoretical and experimental training in high-energy physics covering a wide range of fields and applications: particle physics, astroparticle physics, standard model of electroweak interactions and its extensions, strong interactions and quantum chromodynamics, tools and methods in experimental physics, general relativity, string theory and cosmology.

The first year of this Master’s program allows students to build solid, wide-reaching knowledge in the field. The program offers an International Track leading to a dual degree from two prestigious institutions, École polytechnique and ETH Zürich. The dual degree curriculum has a common design drawing on a selection of courses from the two institutions.

Objectives

The two-year High Energy Physics Master’s program aims to:

  • Provide students with coherent theoretical and experimental training in high energy physics addressing a broad spectrum of fields and applications: particle physics, astroparticle physics, standard model of electroweak interactions and its extensions, strong interactions and quantum chromodynamics, tools and methods in experimental physics, general relativity, string theory and cosmology 
  • Provide students with supervision from research professors recognized in their field of research 
  • Master the following knowledge and skills:
    • fundamental knowledge and understanding of high energy physics
    • knowledge of standard methods and techniques
    • in-depth knowledge in at least one advanced field of research: theoretical physics or experimental physics
    • in-depth awareness of the interfaces between their field of specialization and other disciplines, in part, through interdisciplinary projects

To complete the Master's degree, first-year students can enter the second year of the master of High Energy Physics

On graduation, students will be equipped to pursue a PhD paving the way for a career as a researcher in academia or industry.

Common courses

Elementary particle physics

36h

5 ECTS

Anglais

Relativistic fields and their quantization

36h

5 ECTS

Anglais

Options

Students must get at least 20 ECTS per trimester

Stellar astrophysics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum optics: lasers

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum physics of electrons in solids

36h

5 ECTS

English

Symmetry groups in subatomic physics 

36h

5 ECTS

English

Numerical physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Cosmology

36h

5 ECTS

English

Foreign/French language

30h

2 ECTS

Common courses

Perturbative quantum field theory

36h

5 ECTS

English

Advanced particle physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Options

Students must get at least 20 ECTS per trimester
 

General relativity

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum optics 2: photons

36h

5 ECTS

English

Experimental aspects of high-energy physics 

36h

5 ECTS

English

Black holes, neutron stars and associated phenomena

36h

5 ECTS

English

Research internship (mandatory) for at least 16 weeks in April-July - 20 ECTS

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science in physics at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad
  • An excellent academic record in fundamental physics and mathematics

Language prerequisites

  • English is mandatory
  • Notions of French are highly desirable.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted exclusively online. You will need to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months of the closing date for the application session.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees will be communicated when admission opens.

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates

Admission page

Coordinators

Program office

Mylène Picot

General enquiries

master-admission@ip-paris.fr

Description

High-energy physics is devoted to the study of elementary blocks of matter and associated forces. This relies on particle collider experiments at very high energy or very large beam intensities, as well as highly sensitive detectors. These experimental devices give access to the laws of physics at very short distances. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), launched in September 2008 at CERN, is the most spectacular example to date. The theoretical description of the laws of nature is based on mathematical theories characterized by their intrinsic simplicity and predictive power, and which incorporate the symmetries of physical phenomena.

The High-Energy Physics Master’s program offers comprehensive theoretical and experimental training in high-energy physics covering a wide range of fields and applications: particle physics, astroparticle physics, standard model of electroweak interactions and its extensions, strong interactions and quantum chromodynamics, tools and methods in experimental physics, general relativity, string theory and cosmology.

The first year of this Master’s program allows students to build solid, wide-reaching knowledge in the field. The program offers an International Track leading to a dual degree from two prestigious institutions, École polytechnique and ETH Zürich. The dual degree curriculum has a common design drawing on a selection of courses from the two institutions.

Objectives

The two-year High Energy Physics Master’s program aims to:

  • Provide students with coherent theoretical and experimental training in high energy physics addressing a broad spectrum of fields and applications: particle physics, astroparticle physics, standard model of electroweak interactions and its extensions, strong interactions and quantum chromodynamics, tools and methods in experimental physics, general relativity, string theory and cosmology 
  • Provide students with supervision from research professors recognized in their field of research 
  • Master the following knowledge and skills:
    • fundamental knowledge and understanding of high energy physics
    • knowledge of standard methods and techniques
    • in-depth knowledge in at least one advanced field of research: theoretical physics or experimental physics
    • in-depth awareness of the interfaces between their field of specialization and other disciplines, in part, through interdisciplinary projects

To complete the Master's degree, first-year students can enter the second year of the master of High Energy Physics

On graduation, students will be equipped to pursue a PhD paving the way for a career as a researcher in academia or industry.

Common courses

Elementary particle physics

36h

5 ECTS

Anglais

Relativistic fields and their quantization

36h

5 ECTS

Anglais

Options

Students must get at least 20 ECTS per trimester

Stellar astrophysics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum optics: lasers

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum physics of electrons in solids

36h

5 ECTS

English

Symmetry groups in subatomic physics 

36h

5 ECTS

English

Numerical physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Cosmology

36h

5 ECTS

English

Foreign/French language

30h

2 ECTS

Common courses

Perturbative quantum field theory

36h

5 ECTS

English

Advanced particle physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Options

Students must get at least 20 ECTS per trimester
 

General relativity

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum optics 2: photons

36h

5 ECTS

English

Experimental aspects of high-energy physics 

36h

5 ECTS

English

Black holes, neutron stars and associated phenomena

36h

5 ECTS

English

Research internship (mandatory) for at least 16 weeks in April-July - 20 ECTS

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science in physics at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad
  • An excellent academic record in fundamental physics and mathematics

Language prerequisites

  • English is mandatory
  • Notions of French are highly desirable.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted exclusively online. You will need to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months of the closing date for the application session.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees will be communicated when admission opens.

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates

Admission page

Coordinators

Program office

Mylène Picot

General enquiries

master-admission@ip-paris.fr