M1 - First-year Master

This classroom-based M1 program has been designed to ensure that all students (around 250 per year), whatever their study and career plans, receive a high-level of training in quantum physics and statistical physics, complemented by a wide range of electives. This rigorous program provides students with a mastery of modern physics, owing to the multiplicity of its training and teaching methods (conceptual knowledge, digital tools and advanced experimental techniques).

The choice of subjects and electives gives students the opportunity to shape their training, i.e. their profile. Numerous profiles are available to help students make informed decisions.

Two other M1 courses are available:

  - M1 distance learning (M1-PAD)

  - M1 in English (common with UPD)

M1 - First-year Master


General structure


Semester 1

The first semester of M1 forms the core curriculum. It contains courses that reinforce and deepen basic knowledge in areas such as quantum physics, statistical physics and numerical physics. For these courses, different pedagogical approaches and levels of difficulty are offered, depending on students' skills and/or their project. There are three versions of the Quantum Physics and Statistical Physics courses, and two versions of the Digital Physics course. With students coming from a bachelor's degree structured as a bi-disciplinary major/minor, these approaches are more relevant than ever to accommodate a diverse cohort.

  • Quantum mechanics, concepts and foundations 12 ECTS
  • Quantum mechanics, from concept to experiment 9 ECTS
  • Quantum Mechanics, Basics and Applications 6 ECTS
  • Statistical physics, concepts and foundations 9 ECTS
  • Statistical physics, from concepts to experiments 6 ECTS
  • Statistical physics, basics and applications 6 ECTS
  • Digital Physics - Project 6 ECTS
  • Digital and Computing Methods 6 ECTS

The UE OIP is compulsory, as is the UE Experimental Physics (3 ECTS each).

The program is completed by a wide range of electives, which enables students to start specializing.

Semester 2

In S2, there is a gradual thematic specialization, through majors and a wide range of electives that cover the disciplinary fields of the main courses (M2).

The majors are :

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics 6 ECTS
  • Solid State Physics 6 ECTS
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics 6 ECTS
  • Macroscopic Physics 6 ECTS
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy 6 ECTS
  • Physics of matter 1 and 2 6 ECTS from the SPI department

The second semester also includes a language UE of 3 ECTS (often English), the Experimental Physics II UE (of 3 ECTS) and a compulsory internship of 9 or 12 ECTS: 9 ECTS for students doing an internship in a research laboratory in France, and 12 ECTS for those doing an internship abroad or in a company (the defense of these internships is organized at the end of August).

The course is completed by one or two electives.



Depending on the student's career path and professional project (rapid integration into the workforce or research orientation), M1 profiles are proposed. These profiles present a set of recommended and compatible UEs in the weekly timetable for each semester. Each M1 profile is described below.

Note that there are two special profiles that follow on from the major/minor license: the Physics and Mathematics profile, in conjunction with the Mathematics department, and the Physics and Chemistry of Materials profile, in conjunction with the Chemistry department.


M1 Pedagogical Director

Pauline Yzombard

Pedagogical Manager

A venir