ICFP Masters program

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Next student seminar :
Access to the program

Here you can find information about your internships:
Experimental Internship - Undergraduate program
Master ICFP first year Internship

News : ICFP Research seminars
November 16 - 20, 2020 :

All information about the program

Contact us - Student support and Graduate School office :
Tél : 01 44 32 35 60
enseignement@phys.ens.fr

Director of Master ICFP : Giulio BIROLI

The International Centre for Fundamental Physics and its interfaces at Ecole normale supérieure (ENS-ICFP) offers an English-speaking two-year master’s program in Physics.

Curriculum
The curriculum provides a thorough understanding of the theoretical and experimental basis of Fundamental Physics. Its broad spectrum includes statistical physics, high energy physics, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, astrophysics and physics for biology.

Program
The program is spread over two years and 120 ECTS, requesting full-time studies. It is also possible to join the program directly in Year 2. The academic year is divided into two semesters:

  • course activities during the first semester (30 ECTS) for both Year 1 and 2
  • second semester dedicated to:
    • an internship in France or abroad, for Year 1
    • short research internship and optional courses, for Year 2

Content
Year 1 consists in an in-depth introduction to modern physics, particularly in statistical physics, quantum mechanics and relativity. It includes a mandatory research internship, often performed in a foreign laboratory. This internship represents a genuine research work, with a first scientific publication.
Year 2 offers a specialization through four programs:

  • Theoretical Physics
  • Quantum Physics: from atom to solid state
  • Soft matter and biological physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Assessment
Written examinations conclude each semester.
Partner universities
Courses are jointly organized with the following universities and institutions:

  • Sorbonne Université
  • Université de Paris (previously Paris Diderot)
  • Université Paris-Saclay
  • Institut Polytechnique de Paris in Year 2 (previously Ecole Polytechnique)

ENS Physics Department awards a Master’s degree, equivalent to a Master of Science and giving access to doctoral studies.

More information about this program: download the brochure
See also : https://www.psl.eu/formation/master-physique

Why choose this program?

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Program, courses and calendar Master ICFP 1st year (2020-2021)

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Program, courses and calendar Master ICFP 2nd year 2020-2021

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Admission and Language Requirements

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How to apply

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Information for students

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Information for International Students

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Fees and Scholarships

Registration fees For the 2020/2021 academic year, registration fees are of 243 euros per year and are to be paid during the registration process. Since the 2018 academic year, students are also subject to pay the CVEC, Contribution à la Vie (...) | ↦ Read more

Careers

The two-year program prepares students for doctoral studies in fundamental physics, focusing mainly on a general education during the first year and in-depth studies during the second year. Thesis subjects offered by the host laboratories cover (...) | ↦ Read more

Quick links

Next student seminar :
Access to the program

Here you can find information about your internships:
Experimental Internship - Undergraduate program
Master ICFP first year Internship

News : ICFP Research seminars
November 16 - 20, 2020 :

All information about the program

Contact us - Student support and Graduate School office :
Tél : 01 44 32 35 60
enseignement@phys.ens.fr