Master in Physics

The programme offers the following course(s)


Course co-accredited by the Université Grenoble Alpes, the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble and the Université Savoie Mont Blanc

The master in Physics is a general physics course. Its aim is to provide students with a solid knowledge base in physics, enabling them to specialise in any of the different physics fields.

The first year of the master consolidates this general physics base, through a substantial foundation programme, while preparing students for specialisation in one of the nine physics programs. More detailed information on this first year is available from

Four programs (Astrophysics, Quantum matter and Subatomic physics and cosmology) offer high-level training in one of the Grenoble site's four main research themes. The Materials for energy and photonics and semiconductors programs address the more applied aspects of physics through a "research and innovation" offer, and have been developed in close collaboration with Grenoble INP. Lastly, the Medical physics and radiation protection of humans and environment program is shared between the Physics and health engineering specialisations.

In semester 9, students can either choose all of their courses from within the same program, in order to acquire all the theoretical, experimental and/or digital concepts specific to the chosen theme, or they can substitute four modules (UEs) from their program with four from a second program (excluding MatEng and PhysMed and radiation protection of humans and the environment). This option should therefore interest students looking for a more cross-cutting (bidisciplinary) and also more theoretical course.

The master includes a 4-month internship carried out during semester 10 but also a "summer" internship that takes place at the end of the 1st year. This first internship (a minimum of two months from mid-may) is a real bridge between master 1st and 2nd years, and enables students to discover the research profession and finalise their specialisation choices. It is an integral part of the course and therefore contributes to obtaining the diploma (unless entering the 2nd year following a master obtained in another university).

Attention : The lessons of the first year of the master are taught in French; courses are fully taught in English from the second year

A general overview of the specialisation (structure, photo gallery, internships, teaching team etc) is available on the website

The Physics master is a general training in physics. It aims to provide a solid foundation of knowledge in physics allowing students to specialize in different areas of physics. It comes in 10 courses. The courses Astrophysics and Subatomic physics & cosmology make it possible to obtain a high-level training in one of the 4 main research themes of the Grenoble site.
The Materials for energy and Photonics & semiconductors courses address more applied aspects of physics through a "research and innovation" type of offer and have been built in close collaboration with Grenoble-INP .
Finally the course Mmedical physics and radiation protection of humans and the environment is divided between the Physical mention and the mention Engineering of the health.


Bases in analytical mechanics, statistical physics and / or quantum mechanics are a plus.

Further studies

The programs Astrophysics, Complex matter / living matter, Quantum matter, Subatomic physics & cosmology and Nanophysics are very clearly oriented towards a continuation of PhD studies. The courses Materials for energy, Photonics & semiconductors and Medical physics can lead either to a continuation of studies in thesis or to an insertion in the professional environment (R & D engineer or physicist in a hospital environment) . The course Techniques of commercialization in optics is clearly professionalizing him (Technico-commercial engineer).

One or two semesters can be done abroad (for example in the framework of ERASMUS stay, subject to the agreement of the training manager). The end of study internship and the intermediate internship can be done in a foreign laboratory (or company).

Even if the master is built on a teaching offer over 2 years, a re-orientation remains possible at the end of the first year towards different specializations than those offered in Grenoble. Similarly, enrollment in the 2nd year is still possible for students who have followed a first year of a master's degree in Physics at another French or international university.

Practica, projects, and missions

Semester 4 consists mainly of an internship of 4 months minimum (up to 6 months) carried out in a laboratory (or a company) French or foreign. A summer internship of at least 2 months (from mid-May) allows students to discover the professional world (laboratory or company).


Accredited organizational unit(s)

  • Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble

Access conditions

The master in Physics is open to all students who have completed a bachelor degree (licence) in Physics at a French or foreign university (subject to validation of the course by the attainment validation board). Access is possible for students who have completed a bachelor degree in Physics-chemistry, subject to the agreement of the course manager. For the second year of the master : students who have completed the first year of a compatible programme or one of equivalent level.

Public continuing education : You are in charge of continuing education :

  • if you resume your studies after 2 years of interruption of studies
  • or if you followed a formation under the regime formation continues one of the 2 preceding years
  • or if you are an employee, job seeker, self-employed

If you do not have the diploma required to integrate the training, you can undertake a validation of personal and professional achievements (VAPP)


Program director

Jonathan Ferreira

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Program administration


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Registrar's Office for the Master in Physics

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Continuing education manager

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