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, Complex matter living matter, Quantum matter and Subatomic physics and cosmology) offer high-level training in one of the Grenoble site's four main research themes. A Nanophysics program completes the courses available in fundamental physics. It is positioned at the interface between nanophysics and condensed-matter physics (as a complement to the Nanophysics program of the 2nd year's specialisation). 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 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 Nano, MatEng and PhysMed). 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. Four courses (Astrophysics, Complex matter / living matter, Quantum matter 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.
A Nanophysical course completes the training offer in fundamental physics. It is part of the interface between nanophysics and the physics of condensed matter (in addition to the nanophysics course of the 2nd year mention). 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 Medical physics is divided between the Physical mention and the mention Engineering of the health.

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

Other partner(s)

    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

    Thierry Klein

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    Program administration


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    Registrar's Office for the Master in Physics

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