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Materials science and nano-objects specialization (M2)

This specialization offers a comprehensive advanced education in the structural and electronic properties of condensed matter as well as the fundamentals of material physics: preparation, characterization and modeling. A broad perspective of materials and nano-objects is provided within the following four optional concentrations, which provide advanced courses designed for both fundamental research and technological applications.

  • Quantum Electronics and Photonics bridges fundamental theory and advanced applications in the nanosciences.
  • Materials for Research and Applications is more oriented towards materials physics and the intersection of physics and chemistry.
  • Thin Films and Active Surfaces involves the properties and functioning of surfaces and thin layers in terms of the latest in applied research.

In partnership with Uppsala University (Sweden) and the Roma Tre University (Italy), the international NanoMat Master program offers nano-material physics courses in English and laboratory internships in France or abroad.


Materials physics and chemistry, nano-sciences and nano-objects, surfaces and interfaces, thin layers, electronic devices, quantum devices


This program is general enough so graduates can work in both academic laboratories and industrial labs or major institutions such as the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission). Most graduates go on to do a PhD thesis funded by a research laboratory.


The second-year Master’s in Materials Science and Nano-Objects for research work is organized as follows:

  • First-semester requirements are the core curriculum to which are added advanced elective courses in one of the four branches explained above. These branches represent the key activities of many labs receiving students from the Material Physics and Chemistry post-graduate school and other post-graduate schools in the Paris region.
  • In the second semester there is a full-time research internship (4 to 6 months) at one of many public or industrial research units working on materials and nano-sciences. The Material Sciences and Nano-Objects program currently receives over 200 internship offers, mostly from laboratories in the Ile-de-France region but also from other parts of France and abroad.
Well-targeted public

Students from UPMC and engineering schools who have completed their first year of a Master’s in physics or physical chemistry may apply to the program.
Continuing education students may also apply.


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Person responsible
William SACKS 
01 44 27 50 82
Person responsible
Nadine WITKOWSKI (International NanoMat Master program) 
01 44 27 43 42
Administrative coordinator
01 44 27 48 77
23/33 Tower - 2nd floor - Door 212
Post office box 85
4 place Jussieu - 75252 Paris cedex 05

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