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Each student chooses from 2 to 3 Major courses on basic notions, among a list of 4 courses detailed HERE.

It is also mandatory to select between 2 and 3 advanced Minor courses among 7 suggested lectures (see their respective content HERE).

Concerning the internship in a host academic / industrial laboratory of the student’s topics choice, one can either follow a normal internship (during 8 weeks) or a long-term internship (10-14 weeks).

Students can also follow a training within the research team of a laboratory (weekly one-day visit during 10 weeks before the internship period): the so-called research project.

In addition, several experimental platforms or experimental work possibilities in various installations are offered; the students will perform some experimental work accordingly to their topics.

Language courses are provided as well (24h), either French for foreign students or English for french speaking students. Spanish is also possible.

All these teachings are summarized in the following table together with their respective weights in terms of ECTS (see the official definition). The total number of ECTS must reach 60 for each student.

1st year Master Credits
Modules Weight
Major courses 2-3 x 8 = 16-24 ECTS
Minor courses 2-3 x 6 = 12-18 ECTS
Tools classes 1-2 x 3 = 3-6 ECTS
(Research project +) Internship 6-9 ECTS
Experimental Physics 6 ECTS
Language course 3 ECTS

Regarding the Major "Atoms, Molecules and Optics", one can choose or combine lectures among the 3 following courses,
* AMO (5 ECTS): Atoms, Molecules and Optics ,
* LMI (3 ECTS): Light-Matter Interactions in molecular media ,
* NLO (3 ECTS): NonLinear Optics .

All the pedagogical choices for each type of class are summarized right below.

1st year Master Programs
Major courses Particles, nuclei and universe
Atoms, molecules and optics
Solid state physics
Statistical and quantum mechanics
Minor courses Nuclear and particle physics
Astrophysics and astroparticles
Soft matter (and biological physics)
Plasma physics and applications
Complex collective phenomena
General relativity & cosmology
Quantum effects at macroscopic scale
Tools classes Computing tools
Sensors, measurements and signal processing
Mathematical and statistical methods
Advanced mathematics for physics
Integrating program Language course (French, English or Spanish)
Experimental physics (mini-experiments in various platforms) 
Research project: regular work in a research team
Internship in an academic or industrial team
Seminars and supporting courses

A large selection of computing tools (C++, Python, MatLab, Mathematica, Latex, Office…) is made available for students. A user guide and short introduction on how to use the different tools is also provided.

The detailed pedagogical contents for the various courses can be found through the general Menu of this web site (horizontal menu at the top of this page).

The three PDF files attached below contain a description of the examination format for each course, of the official grade system for Masters (in French) and a synthesis of it (in English).