Ce parcours est enseigné uniquement en langue anglaise, toutes les informations sont affichées en anglais.
The Master's degree M2 NPAC is intended for students training towards research in nuclear physics, particle physics, astroparticles and cosmology. It seeks to prepare students for an experimental or theoretical PhD in the main research centres such as the CNRS, the Universities or the CEA. This training is designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge in the world of the infinitely large (cosmology and astroparticles) and the infinitely small (particle and nuclear physics).
The year is divided into 2 semesters. During the first semester, September is fully dedicated to an experimental project of laboratory work. Then, from October to January, the students follow 3 main courses (60 hours each), one detector course and an optional course (choosing between general relativity and accelerator physics). During the second semester, the student will take a 2 weeks advanced lecture on the physics field related to its future PhD. During these 2 weeks, the student will also take a computer course and project. Between March and June, the students undertake a laboratory internship.
- S3 - Semestre 3 NPAC
Tronc commun S3
Matières Ects Cours TD TP Théorie Quantique des Champs 6 60h - - Physique des Détecteurs 3 30h - - Projet Expérimental 6 - - 112h
2 UE parmi 3
Matières Ects Cours TD TP Des Noyaux aux Etoiles 6 60h - - Physique des Particules 6 60h - - Cosmologie et Astroparticules 6 60h - -
1 UE au choix
Matières Ects Cours TD TP Relativité Génerale 3 30h - - Physique des Accélérateurs 3 30h - -
- Tronc commun S3
- S4 - Semestre 4 NPAC
Tronc commun S4
Matières Ects Cours TD TP Cours et Projet d'Informatique 3 10h - 30h Stage 24 - - -
1 UE parmi 4
Matières Ects Cours TD TP Physique des neutrinos et des ondes gravitationnelles 3 30h - - Physique hadronique et réactions nucléaires 3 30h - - Cosmologie avancée 3 30h - - Physique au delà du Modèle Standard 3 30h - -
- Tronc commun S4
The lectures take place in Paris 11 (Orsay), Paris 6 (UPMC) and Paris 7(Paris-Diderot).
The Master 2 NPAC trains the future researchers of tomorrow. One of NPAC main assets is its strong link with research. All the teachers are leading-edge researchers in their domain. The students work in laboratories, during their internships and also when studying a selected researchers’ work, particularly in instrumentation. Indeed, these areas of research require increasingly powerful and sophisticated instruments, their performances determining the advances of the discipline. The Master 2 NPAC program thus includes lectures in both the detector physics and the accelerator physics fields. This training is recognized for its academic quality by the IN2P3 laboratories in the Paris region, and all over France. NPAC students are also welcome in theoretical and astrophysics laboratories. After the NPAC 1-year training, about 90% of the students obtain a grant to begin a PhD thesis. Most of the hosting laboratories are in Paris area, but also elsewhere in France or abroad.
The students have the possibility, in many occasions, to get used to practice research. First, students work in pairs during a one-month project in the first semester. They have to conduct a small experiment from the design to the analysis. This project allows them to acquire knowledge in instrumentation, data analysis, and detection techniques. The “Detector Physics” course also involves an immersion in a research team: during 4 half-days, the students are welcomed in tandem in laboratories by researchers and engineers working on an experiment under construction. To deepen this approach, a bibliographical work, a written report and an oral defence are required at the end of these meetings. The Master 2 NPAC training ends up with a 3 months internship, which naturally leads the students to their PhD for the following year.
This program has a dual objective of, on the one hand introducing the physics of the elementary particles, their fundamental interactions as well as their assembly in atomic nuclei and the properties of these nuclei; and on the other hand, teaching the students on the understanding of the Universe, its geometry and its contents in terms of dark matter and dark energy. The students are also taught about astroparticles, which are alternative cosmic messengers opening new windows on still opened questions. The scientific topics linked to this training are very active and at the frontier of knowledge. For particle physics, the most visible success is the recent discovery of the Higgs boson (2013 Nobel Prize) at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. In the cosmology and astroparticles domain, the 2011 Nobel Prize has recognized research linked the Universe expansion and to dark energy. The field of nuclear physics is also very active with the starting up of SPIRAL2, an accelerator that should, among other issues, provide some understanding of the origin of the elements and their abundance on earth.
The foreign students represent between 25% and 30% of the NPAC students. NPAC has continous links with Ferrara University (Italy), Kiev and Kharkiv Universities (Ukraine), several greek universities/schools.
Pièces justificatives à joindre à la candidature en ligne / List of documents you have to join to the online application :
- Curriculum : Courses list of previous years / list des enseignements des années antérieures (Obligatory / Obligatoire)
- Curriculum Vitae (Obligatory / Obligatoire)
- Letter of motivation / Lettre de motivation (Obligatory / Obligatoire)
- List of mentors / Liste de coordonnées de personnes réferentes (Obligatory / Obligatoire)
- Recommendation letter / Lettre de recommandation (Obligatory / Obligatoire)
- TOEFL certificate / Justificatif TOEFL (Optional / Optionnel)
- TOEIC Certificate / Justificatif TOEIC (Optional / Optionnel)
- Transcript of year 2015-2016 / Relevé de notes année 2015-2016 (Obligatory / Obligatoire)
- Transcript of year 2014-2015 / Relevé de notes année 2014-2015 (Obligatory / Obligatoire)
Modalités et calendrier de jury / Admission rules and time-frame :
- Nature du jury / Jury type : Rolling admission / au fil de l'eau
FIN DES CANDIDATURES/APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 30th, 2017 (in case of problems with application, please contact us.
Remarques / Comments : The selection is based on the application form and an interview with the NPAC directors.
La capacité d'accueil de cette formation est de 15 étudiants
Les modalités d'examen de la candidature sont les suivantes : Examen de dossier à déposer sur le site web de l'UPSaclay ; Entretien
Candidates should have a strong background in modern physics subjects such as quantum mechanics and statistical physics. It is strongly recommended to have already studied one of NPAC main fields.
Candidate should have validated a Master 1 degree in fundamental physics or an engineer diploma with a large physics component. There are around 30 NPAC students per year, coming from French and foreign Universities and also engineer schools. The foreign students represent between 25% and 30% of the NPAC students.