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International centre for fundamental physics specialization (M2)

This specialization gives students a wide range of theoretical and experimental foundations in fundamental physics. It covers a broad spectrum of topics including high energy physics, statistical physics, quantum optics, solid-state physics and soft matter.







Discipline specific skills:

  • know the fundamentals of contemporary physics
  • gain advanced knowledge in a specialized field of physics or one of its applications
  • analyze, model and solve physics problems
  • demonstrate a capacity for abstraction
  • use mathematical and statistical tools
  • know one or more disciplines that relate(s) to physics
  • learn to use a multidisciplinary approach
  • know a few current instrumentation techniques
  • apply an experimental process
  • use prototyping and data acquisition software

General skills:

  • use a programming language
  • use IT and communication technologies
  • conduct data research
  • use oral and written language to communicate the results of their work
  • work in a team
  • carry out a project
  • become a member of a research team or a professional environment
  • understand and use a foreign language

Fundamental physics, quantum optics, theoretical physics, liquid-state physics, condensed matter physics


Graduates of this specialization are well equipped to pursue doctoral research on both highly fundamental and more applied topics. After their Ph.D., students from this specialization generally embark upon academic careers (universities, CNRS, CEA, etc.), but may also enter the industrial sector.


This program has four branches, which are all designed for research:

  • Theoretical physics
  • Quantum physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Macroscopic physics and complexity
Well-targeted public

This specialization accepts students who have successfully completed their first year of a Master of Physics and students who have obtained an engineering diploma majoring in physics. In both cases, a background in fundamental physics is preferred.


Applications can be made on line from mid-April. Consult the major and/or specialization websites before applying.

Person responsible

Person responsible

Administrative coordinator
Marianne PEUCH 
01 44 27 40 70
23/33 Tower - 2nd floor - Door 210
Post office box 85
4 place Jussieu
75252 Paris cedex 05

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