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Graduate School of Physics

The Physics Graduate School at Université Paris-Saclay brings together all research in physics, as well as training in physics from the Master's to the Doctorate levels. It covers all fields, from fundamental to applied physics, from theory, modelling and simulation to instrumentation, from laboratory experiments to large instruments put on large research infrastructures or into space, from the core of physics to its interfaces with other fields. It also integrates numerous socio-economic issues at the interface with physics (energy, health, environment, etc.).

With a community of several thousand students, faculty members, researchers, engineers, technicians, laboratory and teaching supporting staff, the Physics Graduate School of the Université Paris-Saclay gathers for research and training purposes a range of skills, resources and experimental facilities of the highest level, unique in France and widely recognised internationally. It offers a wide range of opportunities for young people at all levels (training on experimental facilities, Master's and Engineering School internships, Doctorate, post-Doctorate).

Anne L'Huillier and Pierre Agostini - Nobel Prize 2023

Anne L'Huillier and Pierre Agostini won the Nobel Prize in Physics, with an Austro-Hungarian scientist, "for experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter".
Thanks to them, this activity has become one of the benchmarks for physics on our Université Paris-Saclay campus. Find out more.

Alain Aspect wins the 2022 Nobel Prize

Professor at the Institut d'Optique Graduate School / Université Paris-Saclay, Alain Aspect has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics. He shares this award with the American John F. Clauser and the Austrian Anton Zeilinger for their pioneering experiments on quantum entanglement, which paved the way for quantum technologies. This distinction is the reward for a lifetime of revolutionary work in this field. Find out more.

Key figures


  • More than 40 research laboratories
  • 3400 researchers
  • 11 operators (Grandes Ecoles, university components and national research organisations) spread throughout the Ile de France region
  • 15% of French research potential

  • 1st in Europe and 9th in the world in the ARWU 2021 "Shanghai" ranking

  • 115 scientific and technical platforms


Master courses

  • More than 600 Master's students
  • 9 generalist M1s, including 4 in English
  • 21 different M2 courses, including 8 courses in English
  • 2 Erasmus mundus LASCALA and QUARMEN


Doctoral training

  • 500 PhD students
  • 200 defences per year
  • 4 doctoral schools: EDOM, PHENIICS, AAIF, EDPIF


Documents to download

Stratégie Recherche de la GS Physique - (pdf 1.46 Mo)

Plaquette GS Physique - (pdf 573.7 Ko)

Booklet Meet My Platform Graduate School Physique - (pdf 9.27 Mo)