Master in Nanosciences and nanotechnologies

Master in Nanosciences and nanotechnologies

Soft matter and biophysics 1st year

Presentation and goals

The course offers disciplinary training focused on development and characterization at the nanometric scale with a strong multidisciplinary dimension (physics, soft matter, biology). It relies on research groups working in this field, in particular in relation to the Fondation Nanosciences de Grenoble. This first year training will ensure preparation for the M2 Soft -Nano or NanoBiosciences. It can also prepare students for the M2 NanoMedecine. It equips students with skills in the development, manipulation, characterization, understanding and exploitation of nano-systems, nano-materials, nano-structures and unique molecules, as well as knowledge of their application potentials. It makes students aware of the environmental and societal challenges of nanotechnologies. In addition, the mastery of modeling tools will be developed and reinforced for interested physicist students.

This track is opened to international students. All courses are given in english.

 The curriculum contains:

  • General courses corresponding to 12 ECTS, among which 3 include the study of a foreign language
  • Core courses in nanosciences  and nanotechnologies specific to soft matter and nanobioscience (27 ECTS) with a large focus on experimental teaching and projects on the cleanrooms and nanosciences facilities of the Grenoble area
  • Elective courses (totalizing 15 ECTS) for further specialization  in nanosciences or for breadth.
  • Internships in research teams, 8 weeks

For more informations on this track

The main objective of this track is to provide students with strong scientific and technical knowledge in micro- and nano-fabrication, manipulation, measurement and instrumentation at the nano-scale. This include among other, the functionnalization of surfaces, the manipulation of single cells, the use of optical techniques for observation and manipulation of single bio-molecules, etc... The program provides students with strong basis in biology, allowing them  to pursue ambitious projects at the interface between biology and nano-technologies



Further information

The program provides students with strong basis in biology, allowing them  to pursue ambitious projects at the interface between biology and nano-technologies.

International dimension :

Double degrees, joint degrees, Erasmus Mundus, Internationally-oriented programmes
  • This track is affiliated to the Erasmus + master EMM Nanosciences and nanotechnologies. EMM Nano students join the track in the 2nd year
  • Internships in research teams, 8 weeks the 1st year and 5 months the 2nd year, for preparing the master thesis
Accredited organizational unit(s)
  • Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble
Partner schools



Registration and scholarships

Registration and scholarships

Access condition

  • Entry in this 1st year program: National diploma conferring the degree of license in a field compatible with that of the master ; title or acquired recognized equivalent by the admissions committee of the University of Grenoble Alpes

Continuing education: You must apply for the program under the continuing education category:

  • if you resume your studies after 2 years of interruption of studies
  • or if you followed training under the continuous training regime one of the previous 2 years
  • or if you are an employee, job seeker, self-employed

If you do not have the diploma required to be admitted to this track, you can undertake a validation of personal and professional achievements (VAPP)

For more information, visit the website of the Continuing Education and Learning Branch

Candidature / Application

Do you want to apply and register? Note that the procedure differs depending on the diploma considered, the diploma obtained, or the place of residence for foreign students. Let yourself be guided simply by following this link

For applicants whose country of residence does not fall under the "Study Portal in France" (PEF), the schedule of the application campaigns for the eCandidat application is available here.

Target group

Bachelors in Physics, with some knowledge and interest for biology, or bachelors in  Engineering (Chemical, mechanical, or nanotechnology engineering), joint Physics-Chemistry, or joint Physics-Biology programs. Students with four year bachelor degrees can be admitted under the Research Intensive Track program, which allows for more time in a research laboratories in


Tuitions fees 2021-2022 : 243 €

And after

And after

Further studies

This track opens into M2 program such as NanoSoft or Nanobioscience.  Nanomedecine is also possible.