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Master of Physics and Applications

UPMC’s Master of Physics and Applications offers a large range of specializations and programs which show physics in all its variety, from the foundations to its numerous applications. It also offers many opportunities in adjacent disciplines where physics is useful: engineering ; environmental and earth science ; astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology ; life sciences, etc.

It is also possible to study abroadNouvelle fenêtre as part of this degree.


Theoretical physics, experimental physics, fundamental physics, applied physics, quantum physics, condensed matter, complex matter, finely divided media, nanostructures, optoelectronics, lasers, plasma, sensors, instrumentation, biophysics, geophysics, thermonuclear fusion, nuclear physics, particles, optics, astrophysics, astronomy, geodesy, ocean, climate, space, physics teaching.


The Master of Physics and Applications leads to work in either public research laboratories or in industry or business, in one of the numerous fields covered in this major. It is possible to enter the workforce directly after graduation or following further study and a PhD. This Master’s degree is also appropriate for prospective teachers.


The first year of the Master of Physics and Applications (M1) gives students basic training in physics,  providing them with many options for their continuing study, particularly in one of the M2 specializations but also in other Master majors or diplomas of an equivalent level.

13 specializations are offered at M2 level :

  • Internationtal Centre for Fundamental Physics : high energy physics, statistical physics, quantum optics, solid-state physics, soft matter.
  • Complex Systems : statistical and non-linear physics, organization and dynamics of complex matter, theory and modeling of complex systems, microfluidics, engineering of finely divided media.
  • Nuclei, Particles, Astroparticles and Cosmology : theory, modeling and instrumentation in the fields of nuclei, elementary particles, astroparticles and cosmology.    
  • Materials Science and Nano-Objects : structural and electronic properties of condensed matter, preparation and characterization of new materials.
  • Optics, Matter, Plasma : materials optics, biomedical optics, optoelectronics, lasers, intense sources of light, particles sources and accelerators, plasmas, atoms and molecules.
  • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Engineering : astronomy, astrophysics, the sun, plasma, planets, galaxies, stars, cosmology, astrometry, geodesy, instrumentation, space, numerical techniques, system approach, project study, quality.
  • Fusion Science : plasmas for thermonuclear fusion, inertial or magnetic confinement technology, heavy equipment and matter under extreme conditions.
  • Biological systems and physical concepts: Biophysics : concepts and technology in molecular and cellular biology, bioinformatics and chemistry, in addition to physics for life sciences.
  • Sensors, Instrumentation and Measurement : mastery of the complete chain going from sensor to signal acquisition to signal processing and data analysis.
  • Ocean, Atmosphere, Climate and Space Observation : understanding of dynamic, physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere and the ocean, in interaction with the other components of the climate system.
  • Geoscience : study of the lithosphere and soil mechanics, geomaterials and mineral resources, applied geophysics, planetology.
  • Nuclear Engineering : materials, structures, fluids, new technical subjects, treatment and recycling of fuel.
  • Education and Training : training for physics and chemistry professors,
    preparation for recruiting by competitive examinations.
Well-targeted public

This major is intended for students with a Bachelor of Science and Technology or equivalent, with a physics or physical chemistry major. Students who have completed the first year of their Master’s degree or with an engineering diploma majoring in physics may be admitted directly at the M2 level.


Enrolment applications for Master’s degrees can be made from mid-April to June.

Person responsible
Denis CÔTE 

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Administrative coordinator
Françoise GOGUELIN 
01 44 27 45 99
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Post office box 85
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75252 Paris cedex 05

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e-mail address : master.phys@upmc.fr
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