Lieu École Polytechnique ENS-Montrouge ENS-PSL Sorbonne Université Université Paris Cité Université Paris Saclay
10 mois
Master 2 - En anglais
Contact - Secrétariat de l’enseignement :

Parcours Physique Matière condensée / Physique Quantique

Tél : + 33(1) 44 27 40 70 
Evelyne Gilbert Mongeot 

Parcours Soft Matter and Biological Physics / Physique Théorique

Tél : + 33(1) 44 32 35 60  
Médina Mahrez


Ecole normale supérieure

Giulio Biroli


Sorbonne Université

Jérôme Beugnon


Université Paris Saclay

Emmanuelle Rio


Université Paris Cité

Christophe Mora


Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Marios Petropoulos


Pole Enseignement

Liste des contacts


The M2 is organized into four tracks: Condensed matter physics, Soft matter and biological physics, Quantum physics: From the foundations to quantum technologies, and Theoretical physics.  

The first semester is dedicated to courses (30 ECTS). Each student enrolls in a program (or track) in which he/she follows compulsory and optional courses. The student can include in his/her program one optional course from another area of study, after validation by his/her head of studies. 

In second semester, four optional courses will be chosen from any program (4x3 ECTS). These optional courses must be approved by the head of the studies.

Students are expected to complete an internship relevant to their course of study (18 ECTS) April to june, in France or abroad.

The academic rules of the M2 can be found on this link :

 "Quantum point contact for probing anyonic braiding statistics" © Gwendal Fève.

Courtesy of G. Feve LPENS

The Condensed Matter Physics track is designed to offer an advanced and comprehensive training program in the field of condensed matter physics. The diversity of systems and phenomena establishes this field as the most dynamic and extensive domain in contemporary physics. Our program emphasizes a strong conceptual foundation while fostering a deep appreciation for both theoretical and experimental aspects.

During the first semester, the curriculum is structured around three fundamental core courses: Condensed Matter Theory, Advanced Statistical Physics, and Electrons in Solids. Additionally, students have the flexibility to choose from a range of major options that cater to their interests, including topics such as transport and superconductivity, light-matter interaction, and numerical methods for theory.

In the second semester, students have the opportunity to further specialize in specific subjects or broaden their knowledge base by selecting from a diverse array of elective options. Starting in mid-April, the lab internship provides an opportunity to work within a research institute, paving the way for further pursuit of a PhD thesis.

To aid students in their research focus and career aspirations, our program hosts a series of seminars tailored for students and offers opportunities for lab visits. The prospects for graduates of this track are exceptionally promising, with many opportunities in academia (following completion of a thesis) as well as in top-tier positions within industry, start-ups, and other high-level professional environments.


First semester

Three compulsory courses :

Two optionnal courses (2 x 6 ECTS) to choose - schedule compatibility ensured for  :


Second semester

Four courses to choose among the second semester list of M2 ICFP (4 x 3 ECTS). Naturally related courses :

Any 3 ECTS master physics course can be chosen after agreement with the professors in charge of the track.

Guidelines for choice of courses

Professors in charge of the condensed matter track : Jérôme TIGNON and Christophe MORA



The Soft Matter and Biophysics track is aimed at students with an interest in both theoretical and experimental physics of living systems, soft matter physics, statistical physics and nonlinear physics. The track has a strong emphasis on studying the world around us and interaction of experiment, observation and theory. It has the flexibility to accommodate early specialization towards theory, data driven and numerical approaches or experiments. To favor a transition to real world research, be it in academia, industry or start-ups, project based evaluations and student cooperation are encouraged. Students who have taken the track mainly follow up with a PhD, however some have left for start-ups, industry and policy making.


During the first semester students are exposed to the background necessary to follow and conduct research in the above areas. Since the track has a broad scope in terms of studied problems, students have some freedom to choose their classes based on their interest and inputs from the tutors. All students must take the Advanced Statistical Physics class that provides a common scientific basis. They must also choose at least one course (or two) from Advanced Biophysics and Soft Matter Physics. The first semester also offers hands-on experimental class and data-driven computational classes, as options.


The second semester offers a wide range of courses that expose students to modern research topics in the wide range of subject areas covered by the track. The master ends with a 3 month internship that can be carried out anywhere in the world. The masters tutors with diverse experience in experimental and theoretical soft matter and biophysics are there to assist each student personally and also propose guidelines for choice of courses


. More generally, the teaching team is representative of the soft matter and biophysics community, and represents a network that can prove invaluable to students.

First semester

One compulsary course (6 ECTS) :

At least one of the two courses(6 ECTS) between — two are possible :

Three options (3 x 6 ECTS) to chose . The following courses are timetable-compatible :

During the first semester it will be possible to take one course from another master if the topic is not covered by the ICFP master. However, before taking a course from a non-ICFP program, the list of courses chosen must be validated by Aleksandra Walczak and Emmanuelle Rio.

Second semester

Four courses to be chosen from the list of second-semester courses (4 x 3 ECTS). Recommended courses :

A course chosen from a master's program outside the ICFP with the agreement of the course director.

Professors in charge of the track : Aleksandra WALCZAK et Emmanuelle RIO



Quantum physics is at the heart of the behavior of matter from the microscopic to the macroscopic scale. It has fundamentally renewed our understanding of the structure of matter and its interactions with fields, also quantified, and continues to develop rapidly. It is also set to form the basis of new technologies, fostered by numerous national and trans-national initiatives.

The Quantum Physics track is designed to offer an advanced and comprehensive training program in modern quantum physics, from basic concepts to applications, including both theoretical and experimental aspects.

The first semester is structured around three fundamental core courses: Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Statistical Physics, and either Atoms and Photons or Condensed Matter Theory. Students also choose 2 long courses from a broad selection, ranging from quantum information and correlated systems in quantum optics and condensed matter to general relativity.

The second semester offers a wide panel of advanced elective courses, where the students begin to specialize and broaden their knowledge basis. Starting in mid-April, the lab internship provides the opportunity to work within a variety of active research institutes, paving the way towards a PhD thesis.

To aid students in their research focus and career aspirations, our program hosts a series of seminars, joint with the Condensed Matter track, tailored for students and offers opportunities for lab visits. The Quantum Physics track paves the way to a PhD thesis in the world’s best labs and many career opportunities in academia, industry, start-ups, and other high-level professional environments.


First semester

Three compulsory courses (3 x 6 ECTS) :

and one between :

Two courses to be chosen from the list of first-semester courses (2x6 ECTS). 
The following courses are timetable-compatible:

Semestre 2

Four courses to be chosen from the list of M2 ICFP courses in the second semester (4 x 3 ECTS). Recommended courses :

A course worth 3 ECTS can also be chosen from any physics master's program, with the agreement of the course director.


Professors in charge of the track: Jérôme BEUGNON et Laurent SANCHEZ-PALENCIA


The aim of the Theoretical Physics program is to provide high-level training in modern theoretical physics in the fields of statistical mechanics, high energy and gravitation. It is structured around two core courses in the first semester, Quantum Field Theory and Advanced Statistical Mechanics. These are accompanied by three optional courses that complete the generalist part of the course, corresponding to a total of 30 ECTS. 

The second semester consists of a teaching period until March, followed by an internship from April to June. During this period, students must choose and validate a minimum of four courses, for a total of 12 ECTS. The range of courses on offer covers all disciplines where there is innovative scientific activity at international level, likely to attract future PhD students: in-depth studies in field theory and statistical mechanics, string theory, stochastic systems, complex systems, differential geometry, cosmology and related subjects, disordered systems.

The choice of internships and the orientation of the thesis are discussed with the course leaders at meetings and research seminars, during which the supervising professors strive to offer as accurate a picture as possible of research in theoretical physics.


First Semester 

Two compulsory courses (2 x 6 ECTS):

3 courses (3x 6 ECTS) to choose among the first semester course list.
The following courses are timetable-compatible :

Second Semester 

Four courses to be chosen from the list of M2 ICFP courses in the second semester (4 x 3 ECTS). Recommended courses:

A course worth 3 ECTS can also be chosen from any physics master's program, with the agreement of the course director.

Guidelines for choice of courses

Professors in charge of the track: Gregory SCHEHR et Marios PETROPOULOS



First semester

Information session : 4th September, 2023 at 11.00am - Room Jean Jaurès Followed by path meetings :
Quantum Physics and Condensed Matter : Room Conf IV
Soft Matter : Room L378
Theoretical Physics : Room L382

Study period : September 5th, 2023 to December 18th, 2023
Break : October 30th to November 3th, 2023
Christmas break : December 25th 2023 to January 5th, 2024
Examinations : December 22th and from January 8th to 11th, 2024
Research seminars : November 6th to 10th, 2023

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Second Semester

Information session : January 15th at 9.00am
Quantum Physics and Condensed Matter : Room Emile Borel (29 rue d'Ulm)
Soft Matter : Room Paul Langevin (29 rue d'Ulm)
Theoretical Physics : Room Camille Marbo (29 rue d'Ulm)

Study period : January 16th to March 25th, 2024
Break : February 19th to 23, 2024
Review week : March 26th to 29th, 2024
Examinations : April 2nd to 8th, 2024


Campus Acces

  • UPCité
  • Sorbonne université



The internship in a laboratory (experimental or theoretical) will take place from 09 April to 28 june 2024.

The choice of internship is made during the first semester. It may perfomed in France or abroad. 

The work is assessed on the basis of:

→ a report submitted by mid-june

For the theoretical track, reports are due on June 17.

→ an oral presentation 

→ and the recommendation of the internship supervisor.

→ The internships will be defended during the first week of July.


The internship agreement is compulsory and must be signed by all parties before the start of the internship. It must be obtained from your enrolment university (i.e. the institution where you paid your tuition fees).
There are two exceptions: 
→ Normaliens Ulm must use an ENS Ulm agreement.
→ Normaliens Saclay must use an ENS Saclay convention.

- Students registered administratively at the ENS/PSL Paris :
All ENS documents (internship agreements, amendment) can be obtained at the following address: intranet
Contact: Medina MAHREZ

- Students registered administratively at Université Paris Cité:

Contact: Alev BITIGEN

- Students registered administratively at Sorbonne University :

Contact: Evelyne GILBERT-MONGEOT

- Students registered administratively at Institut Polytechnique de Paris:

If you have any questions about how to prepare your internship agreement, please contact: Ny-Kanto ANDRIAHENINTSOA

- Students registered administratively at Paris Saclay :

ICFP Master's internship conventions can be generated online using the Pstage website:https://pstage.universite-paris-saclay.fr/esup-pstage/

Internship offers to consult:  ici

Submit an internship offer: ici

Seminar "Physics Now"

Having a broad view of the main current research topics is difficult but crucial to choose
the internship and PhD subjects, and more generally the research directions in physics.
During the first semester, a series of seminars “Physics Now” will allow the M2 ICFP students
to broad their knowledge on the current hot topics in physics and get information on
research groups and themes in France and abroad.

Schedule of the Seminars

“Soft matter Now”

20/09/2023 – CONF IV
Speaker : Cécile Leduc
Title : 
27/09/2023 – amphi 34B
Speaker : Marion Grzelka
Title : 
11/10/2023 – PMMH 
Speaker : François Boulogne
Title : 
22/11/2023 – PMMH 
Speaker : Jean-Baptiste Masson
Title :

“Theoretical Physics Now”

10/23/2023 – 050A Condorcet
Speaker : Marc Geiller
Title :  

13/11/2023 – 
Speaker :
Title :

11/20/2023 – 
Speaker : Satya Majumdar
Title :

12/04/2023 – 
Speaker : Karim Benakli 
Title :

12/11/2023 – 
Speaker :
Title :

12/18/2023 – 
Speaker : 
Title :

“Quantum Physics and Condensed matter Now”

10/20/2023 –317, couloir 23-22 INSP 
Speaker : Antoine Browaeys

11/17/2023 –401, couloir 23-22 IMPMC 
Speaker : François Parmentier

11/24/2023 –401, couloir 23-22 IMPMC 
Speaker : Bruno Laburthe-Tolra

12/01/2023 –401, couloir 23-22 IMPMC 
Speaker : Daniel Suchet


Consult the ICFP Master page for recruitment information..