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Learning outcome targets

The aim of the Master of Physics is to provide students with a high-level experimental and theoretical scientific training, based on the broad spectrum of physics research fields at Université Paris-Saclay and in relation to current issues in research and development.

The variety of pedagogical approaches (conceptual or application-oriented, offering the possibility of immersion in a laboratory or in a company, aiming at professional integration after 5 or 8 years of higher education) is adapted to various student profiles, and offers numerous possibilities of career opportunities.

The Master of Physics is open to all national and international students, French or English speaking. It offers several basic general physics programmes in the first year (in French: M1 Fundamental Physics, M1 Physics and Applications; in English: M1 General Physics) which allow students to choose their M2 specialization at the end of the M1 year. Another track (M1 MONABIPHOT, in English), focused on theoretical and experimental aspects of photonics at the interface with other fields, is also available.

An Erasmus mundus program (LASCALA) will open in September 2021. It is a two year master program shared by four partner universities (Lund, Szeged, Roma, Paris Saclay) in the field of large scale accelerators and lasers which offers unique mobility and scholarship opportunities for master studies. In 2021 a new master program (QLMN) dedicated to Quantum Light Materials and Nanosciences will also open and benefit from the strong partnership between laboratories and private sector companies working in the field of the new quantum revolution.

In the second year, the Paris-Saclay Master's specialisation in Physics offers an exceptionally wide range of 20 courses: conceptual and fundamental M2s prepare for doctoral studies and research in Academia and the public sector; more applied M2s prepare for the doctoral studies and research in the public and private sectors; M2s with a professional vocation open up to employment in the private sector and government agencies, without excluding PhD opportunities; some M2s specifically prepare for French national teaching competitive examinations. In addition, the "Irène Joliot-Curie" courses offer M1/M2 tracks to pupils and students of the Paris-Saclay Grandes Écoles (ENSParis-Saclay and IOGS) and of the Magistère de Physique Fondamentale validating a complementary diploma in parallel with the Master's Degree in Physics.

Latest news for 2021/2022:

In the frame of the national French Quantum plan, that was announced officially by president Macron at C2N in Paris Saclay end of January, the former master programs LOM and Nanosciences join to propose a unique master program from September 2021: QLMN (Quantum, Light, Materials and Nanosciences). This program will benefit from the strong partnership between the local academic laboratories and the numerous companies working in the field of quantum technologies at Paris Saclay.

An 2 year Erasmus mundus program dedicated to large scale accelerators and lasers (LASCALA) will open from September 2021


Transfer paths

Depending on the M1 study path, students tend to come from undergraduate studies at the Ecole Universitaire de 1er cycle Paris Saclay or Joint Honours undergraduate courses at Université Paris-Saclay; or from the L3 Dual Qualifications + Diplomas of ENS Paris Saclay institutes, Institut d'Optique Graduate School and Magistère de Physique d'Orsay. All students coming from a Paris Saclay L3 or other L3 in France or abroad are given the opportunity to prove themselves during the M1 year, without any a priori restrictions on the M2 disciplines they can access. This mode of organisation opens transfer paths between all study paths at the end of the M1. Any student admitted to M1 will have the possibility of going on to Master's studies in a Physics M2.

Academic partnerships

Sorbonne Université
Université de Paris (université Paris Diderot, Université Descartes)
Université Paris Sciences et Lettres (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, École Supérieure de
Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, Observatoire de Paris)
Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Université de Lund (Suède) - Université de Szeged (Hongrie) - Université de La Sapienza (Italie)

Schéma Master

Skills required within the Field of Study :
  • Master and use the specialized knowledge of physics with the required scientific rigor.

  • Become informed and carry out research on a scientific issue by knowing how to identify relevant sources of information

  • Use conceptual, methodological, numerical, technical and practical skills for modelling and solving problems in physics or related subjects.

  • Conceptualize, structure and independently conduct a project in physics and produce a critical analysis of the results.

  • Adapt to a new environment, work as a team and collaborate to achieve common goals

  • Summarise and communicate effectively in two languages including English and in a manner which is suitable for the target audience