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Master Year 1 Physics by Research

Master Year 1 Physics by Research
Year

Master Year 1

Program

Physics by Research

ECTS Credits

60

Language

English

Orientation

Research and/or Industry

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

Design your own curriculum with guidance from faculty members

Asset n°2

Prepare for a PhD

Asset n°3

Acquire strong theoretical and applied knowledge in a wide range of physics fields

The Physics by Research Master’s program is a two-year “à la carte” interdisciplinary program designed for motivated and talented students who want to pursue a career in academia. Students will be advised by the team of faculty members coordinating the different topical Master offers to build a coherent curriculum in line with their professional project. Most students pursue a PhD at the end of this Master’s program. 

Fields potentially available to the Physics by Research Master’s students cover all the areas of fundamental and applied physics offered at Institut Polytechnique de Paris including theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, mathematical physics, plasma physics, as well as topics at the interface between physics and chemistry, materials science, applied mathematics and biology.

Objectives

This Master’s program enables students to:

  • Design their own curriculum
  • Access a wide range of fields in fundamental and applied physics 
  • Prepare for a PhD

To complete the Master’s degree, first-year students can enter the following second-year programs:

Students graduating from this program will be equipped to:

  • Pursue a PhD
  • Following their PhD, access a prestigious academic career in a university or major research organization in France (CNRS, CEA, IN2P3) or abroad

Courses can be chosen among the following list and can be completed by research work in a laboratory :  

Relativistic fields and their quantization

36h

5 ECTS

English

Stellar astrophysics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Physics of elementary particles

36h

5 ECTS

English

Cosmology

36h

5 ECTS

English

Symmetry groups in subatomic physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum optics 1 : Lasers

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum physics of electrons in solids

36h

5 ECTS

English

Atomic and molecular physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Physics of biological objects

36h

5 ECTS

English

Soft surfaces

36h

5 ECTS

English

Materials design

36h

5 ECTS

English

Numerical physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Courses can be chosen among the following list and can be completed by research work in a laboratory:

Perturbative quantum field theory

36h

5 ECTS

English

Advanced particle physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

General relativity

36h

5 ECTS

English

Black holes, neutron stars and related phenomena

36h

5 ECTS

English

Experimental aspects of high energy physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum optics 2: photons

36h

5 ECTS

English

Optoelectronics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Plasma physics and thermonuclear fusion

36h

5 ECTS

English

Complex systems

36h

5 ECTS

English

Mesoscopic quantum physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Nanomaterials and electronic applications

36h

5 ECTS

English

Physics of living systems

36h

5 ECTS

English

Physics of semiconductor devices

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum information

36h

5 ECTS

English

Spin electronics

36h

5 ECTS

English

VLSI microelectronics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Current trends in materials science

36h

5 ECTS

English

Practical training in environmental physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Nuclear reactor technology

36h

5 ECTS

English

Nonlinear optics and applications

36h

5 ECTS

English

Students are expected to complete an internship relevant to their course of study (20 ECTS) from April to June, in France or abroad.

Depending on subfields and in exceptional cases, students will be able to spend a year in a partner university.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science with highest honors at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad
  • Applicants must present a personal project coherent with the philosophy of the Physics by Research Master - applicants are advised to contact faculty members in their field of study well ahead of the application deadline with a statement on their scientific interests to coordinate their proposed study program
  • Due to the highly selective nature of the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to also apply to one of the topical Master tracks at Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Language prerequisites

  • English
  • Working knowledge of French will enhance the range of options available.

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

  • EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 243€
  • Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 3770€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates

Description

The Physics by Research Master’s program is a two-year “à la carte” interdisciplinary program designed for motivated and talented students who want to pursue a career in academia. Students will be advised by the team of faculty members coordinating the different topical Master offers to build a coherent curriculum in line with their professional project. Most students pursue a PhD at the end of this Master’s program. 

Fields potentially available to the Physics by Research Master’s students cover all the areas of fundamental and applied physics offered at Institut Polytechnique de Paris including theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, mathematical physics, plasma physics, as well as topics at the interface between physics and chemistry, materials science, applied mathematics and biology.

Objectives

This Master’s program enables students to:

  • Design their own curriculum
  • Access a wide range of fields in fundamental and applied physics 
  • Prepare for a PhD

To complete the Master’s degree, first-year students can enter the following second-year programs:

Students graduating from this program will be equipped to:

  • Pursue a PhD
  • Following their PhD, access a prestigious academic career in a university or major research organization in France (CNRS, CEA, IN2P3) or abroad

Courses can be chosen among the following list and can be completed by research work in a laboratory :  

Relativistic fields and their quantization

36h

5 ECTS

English

Stellar astrophysics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Physics of elementary particles

36h

5 ECTS

English

Cosmology

36h

5 ECTS

English

Symmetry groups in subatomic physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum optics 1 : Lasers

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum physics of electrons in solids

36h

5 ECTS

English

Atomic and molecular physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Physics of biological objects

36h

5 ECTS

English

Soft surfaces

36h

5 ECTS

English

Materials design

36h

5 ECTS

English

Numerical physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Courses can be chosen among the following list and can be completed by research work in a laboratory:

Perturbative quantum field theory

36h

5 ECTS

English

Advanced particle physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

General relativity

36h

5 ECTS

English

Black holes, neutron stars and related phenomena

36h

5 ECTS

English

Experimental aspects of high energy physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum optics 2: photons

36h

5 ECTS

English

Optoelectronics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Plasma physics and thermonuclear fusion

36h

5 ECTS

English

Complex systems

36h

5 ECTS

English

Mesoscopic quantum physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Nanomaterials and electronic applications

36h

5 ECTS

English

Physics of living systems

36h

5 ECTS

English

Physics of semiconductor devices

36h

5 ECTS

English

Quantum information

36h

5 ECTS

English

Spin electronics

36h

5 ECTS

English

VLSI microelectronics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Current trends in materials science

36h

5 ECTS

English

Practical training in environmental physics

36h

5 ECTS

English

Nuclear reactor technology

36h

5 ECTS

English

Nonlinear optics and applications

36h

5 ECTS

English

Students are expected to complete an internship relevant to their course of study (20 ECTS) from April to June, in France or abroad.

Depending on subfields and in exceptional cases, students will be able to spend a year in a partner university.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science with highest honors at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad
  • Applicants must present a personal project coherent with the philosophy of the Physics by Research Master - applicants are advised to contact faculty members in their field of study well ahead of the application deadline with a statement on their scientific interests to coordinate their proposed study program
  • Due to the highly selective nature of the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to also apply to one of the topical Master tracks at Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Language prerequisites

  • English
  • Working knowledge of French will enhance the range of options available.

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

  • EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 243€
  • Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 3770€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates