ICFP Masters program
Director of Master ICFP : Lyderic BOCQUET
The International Centre for Fundamental Physics and its interfaces at Ecole normale supérieure (ENS-ICFP) offers a two-year master’s program in Physics. The curriculum provides a thorough understanding of the theoretical and experimental basis of Fundamental Physics, covering a broad spectrum including statistical physics, high energy physics, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, astrophysics and physics for biology.
The program is spread over two years (120 ECTS/full-time). It is also possible to join the program directly for the second year. The academic year is divided into two semesters. Each year starts with the course activities (first semester- 30 ECTS). The second semester of the first year is dedicated to an internship in France or abroad. The second semester of the second year begins with a short research internship and finishes with optional courses.
The first year presents an in-depth introduction to modern physics, particularly in statistical physics, quantum mechanics and relativity. Since September 2012, most courses are taught in English.
The second year offers the student the possibility to specialize in the field of their choice including a mandatory research internship. It often takes place in a foreign laboratory and it represents genuine research work: very often students realize their first scientific publication.
The second year is organized in four programs of study:
- Theoretical Physics (in English)
- Quantum Physics: from atom to solid state (in English)
- Soft matter and biological physics (in English)
- Condensed Matter Physics (in English)
Written examinations usually take place at the end of each semester.
The master’s degree in Fundamental Physics is led by the department of Physics- International Centre for Fundamental Physics- at the Ecole normale supérieure. Courses are jointly organized with the following partner universities and institutions:
- Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
- Université Paris Diderot
- Université Paris-Sud
- Ecole Polytechnique (second year)
The degree awarded after two years is a "diplôme national de master" (120 ECTS- equivalent to a Master of Science). It can be delivered by the Ecole normale supérieure and partner institutions, and gives access to doctoral studies.
As part of their studies, students also have access to several courses of foreign languages (French as a foreign language but also English, German, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, etc.).
Why choose this program?
The Master of Fundamental Physics is a prestigious degree that is specifically intended for outstanding French and international students wishing to obtain a first-class education in fundamental physics. Since its founding in 1794, the ENS has (...) | ↦ Read more
Program, courses and calendar Master ICFP 1st year
The first year offers a wealth of lectures covering a wide range of topics in modern physics, from fundamental interactions to biophysics, and also several aspects of quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics, to name just a few. Students (...) | ↦ Read more
Program, courses and calendar Master ICFP 2nd year 2017-2018
The second year is organized around four different programs : Condensed Matter Physics, Soft Matter and biological physics, Quantum Physics and Theoretical Physics.
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Admission and Language Requirements
The International Centre for Fundamental Physics welcomes applications from highly qualified French and international students with a solid background in physics and mathematics who hold a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent academic (...) | ↦ Read more
How to apply
"Master ENS-ICFP : The 2018 Call for applications opens on February, 1st.
The deadline for applications is May, 1st.
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Information for students
All students are required to register as soon as possible and in any cases during the registration period. The registration process allows you to validate your personal and academic information.
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Fees and Scholarships
For 2016 2017, registration fees are of 261,10 euros per year, and are to be paid on arrival (add 215 euros for health insurance).
There are no additional tuition fees. Scholarships
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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