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Biological systems and physical concepts - Biophysics specialization (M2)

This is a joint program between the Physics and Applications major and Molecular and Cellular Biology major and provides a multidisciplinary approach to the interface of physics and biology. It is designed to give students a solid education in the concepts and technologies of molecular and cellular biology, bioinformatics, chemistry, biochemistry and physics as well as provide the versatility they need to work in research laboratories or the life sciences industry.

This program is meant for students from a variety of academic backgrounds and aims to provide them a multidisciplinary curriculum combined with collaboration among students with different educational foundations. This diversity of skills is enriching, which is why this program is offered as a Master’s degree at UPMC and Paris Diderot (Paris 7) as well as in the Physics and Biology majors.

The program welcomes students who have completed their first year of graduate level study at UPMC and students from other universities and engineering schools.

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Course Requirements:

•    analyze, model and solve problems where the disciplines intersect ;
•    know one or more disciplines at the frontiers of physics and biology ;
•    adopt a multidisciplinary approach ;
•    know some of the current instrumentation techniques ;
•    apply the experimental process ;
•    use prototyping and data analysis software programs.

Key skills:

•    interact with members of various scientific communities ;
•    use oral and written language to communicate the results of their work ;
•    analyze and discuss a scientific project ;
•    use IT and communication technologies ;
•    conduct data research (scientific and bibliographic databases) ;
•    work in a team ;
•    carry out a project ;
•    become a member of a research team and, more generally, a professional environment ;
•    understand and use a foreign language.

Career opportunities

With a focus on research, this program usually leads to three years of PhD work in a public- or private-sector laboratory. But this Master’s degree is recognized as a “Bac+5” level, particularly in the private sector.
Students who have completed a thesis in physics and life sciences can then enter public research jobs or work in industry (pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, facilities development, etc.).


One week of intensive biology courses for physicists: lectures and lab work in the first week of September.

Theory classes from the beginning of September to the end of January:

  • Structure/function relations of macromolecules and organized biological systems: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, membranes, cytoskeletons, polymers, inserting proteins into membranes, bioenergetics.
  • Physical methods for studying macromolecules: NMR, crystallography, X-ray diffraction, optical methods, bioinformatics, molecular modeling and dynamics, liposomes and drug targeting, electron microscopy.
  • Oral presentations (scientific analyses), one week in Roscoff (Brittany) at the end of January/beginning of February.

Work internship February to June.


The program is for students who have completed their first year of graduate level at Sorbonne Université and students from other universities and engineering schools.


Department heads accept applications for the Master’s program between mid-April and June.

Contact Informations

Contact Informations

Administrative Manager
01 44 27 35 49
Sorbonne University
Master of Physics
23/33 Tower - 2nd floor - Door 208
Post office box 85
4 place Jussieu
75005 Paris - F

Learn more

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