Physics is a broad subject that ranges from pondering the origins of the universe to designing better electronic memory devices. The Master’s Program of the “Institut Polytechnique de Paris” is designed for excellent students who want to obtain an advanced degree in physics preparing them to continue their education and enter a Physics Ph.D. program.

The topics developed in the Master of Physics at “Institut Polytechnique de Paris” correspond to the main lines of research of our laboratories, renowned for their excellence in various fields of physics: theoretical physics including high energy physics, condensed matter theory or theoretical plasma physics; mathematical physics; particle physics (theoretical and experimental) and astrophysics; experimental condensed matter physics, nanosciences, optics and plasma physics; atomic physics and the physics of cold atomic gases; the conception and use of major research equipment.

The aim of the Master’s program is to provide students with the highest level of education in experimental and theoretical physics ideally preparing them to academic or industrial carriers in an increasingly competitive international environment.


The aim of this master’s program is to provide students with a high level of experimental and theoretical scientific training, based on a broad spectrum of research topics in physics related to the current challenges of research and development.

Pedagogy favors immersion in research laboratories in the form of a long-term research internship in first year and in second year.


For the first year, the Master’s program in Physics is subdivided in 3 main tracks:

  • From particles to stars: fundamental interactions and elementary constituents and its international version High Energy Physics in partnership with ETH-Zurich for the second year.
  • Photons and atoms: lasers, optics, plasmas
  • From atoms to matter: condensed matter, soft matter, functional matter


These 3 tracks give access for the second year to 10 tracks:

  • Laser, optique, matière
  • Nanosciences
  • Physique des Plasmas et de la Fusion
  • Grands Instruments
  • Concepts in Fundamental Physics
  • High Energy Physics : theoretical physics and experiments
  • Condensed Matter and Materials
  • General Physics
  • Quantum Devices
  • Materials Science and Nano-Objects


Students who successfully complete our program will have acquired strong analytical skills that are valued in many fields. In particular, they may decide to continue their education by entering a Ph.D. program in fundamental or applied physics giving access to:

  • research, research & development in the higher education system or in public research institutes
  • executive in the private sector, in particular research engineer in companies requiring high level scientific knowledge, or in companies using methodology inspired by the scientific domains (data scientists etc.)
  • teaching in higher and secondary education


  • Centre de Physique Théorique (CPHT)
  • Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée (LOA)
  • Laboratoire d’Optique et Biosciences (LOB)
  • Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses (LULI)
  • Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet (LLR)
  • Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas (LPP)
  • Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces (PICM)
  • Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée (PMC)
  • Laboratoire des Solides Irradiés (LSI)


  • École polytechnique
  • ETH-Zürich
  • Université Paris-Saclay
  • École Normale Supérieure de Paris (Paris Sciences et Lettres)
  • Sorbonne Université
  • FU Berlin


IP Paris is conducting a variety of industrial chair programs, of which some are concerned with questions relating to the present master program. As an example we cite the Chair of Saint Gobain and Ecole Polytechnique, which supports some of the activities in condensed matter and materials science.


Academic Prerequisites
For admissions in the first year (M1), a Bachelor of Science in Physics whose program is in adequacy with the prerequisites, specified according to the M1 track .

For admissions in the second year (M2), students must have validated a first year of a Master’s degree in physics or students entering the last year of an engineering school may apply in M2. In both cases, they must have validated courses whose program is in adequacy with the prerequisites, specified according to the M2 track .

Language prerequisites
Specified in each M1 or M2 track (French or English).


Head of Master program :

Pascal Paganini

Silke Biermann
Francois Hache
Thierry Gacoin
Serena Bastiani
Stéphane Munier
Jean-Michel Rax