Program, courses and calendar Master ICFP 1st year (2021-2022)
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 follow those lectures, chosen according to their interests and for a total of 30 ECTS during the first semester. The second semester is devoted to a 6-month research internship in French or foreign laboratories, in any field of physics or its interfaces.
MAIN PERSONS IN CHARGE
| Name || Email || Phone number |
|Kris VAN HOUCKE
||ENS assistant professor
Coordinator of the first year of Master ENS-ICFP
|ENS office GH318|
01 44 32 34 74
||Head of studies
|ENS office E243|
01 44 32 34 90
|Jean François ALLEMAND
||In charge of the internships
|ENS office L059g|
01 44 32 33 61
||Sorbonne Université professor
01 44 27 76 54
|Frédéric VAN WIJLAND
Université Paris Diderot
01 57 27 62 54
Université Paris Sud
01 69 15 80 37 ou 8078
Please refer to the page How to apply for informations regarding the recruitment process.
Administration Officer in charge of internships
01 44 32 25 37
Administration Officer in charge of students
01 44 32 35 60
Administration Officer in charge of the relationships with lecturers
01 44 32 25 98
01 44 32 35 61
The courses of the first year of Master ENS-ICFP are freely chosen by the students. During the first semester there are five teaching units of 6 ECTS each :
- M1—M5 : four units of physics lectures, to be chosen among the courses proposed by the Masters program, either full courses (60h of lectures and problem classes) or half courses (30h):
LIST OF THE COURSES AND WEEKLY SCHEDULE. FIRST PART OF THE TERM
LIST OF THE COURSES AND WEEKLY SCHEDULE. SECOND PART OF THE TERM
Click on the name of a course to get its description.
In addition to these courses there is an optional course which will be taught at Ecole Polytechnique: Quantum optics: lasers and atoms (3 ECTS).
Check the calendar.
Students can also perform a Self-directed work: library-based project, considered as a full course (6 ECTS), doing personal research and presenting a short seminar in january.
There is also the possibility to do a supervised research project, considered as a full course (6 ECTS).
One teaching unit = one full course (6 ECTS) or two half courses (2x3 ECTS) at will. At most 9 ECTS can be obtained by following courses not organized by the Masters program.
It is indeed possible to follow other lectures, in particular in some M2 of associated universities (Interface physique-biologie, Océanologie et météorologie, Géodynamique et physique de la terre, Mécanique), conditioned on the agreement of the faculties in charge of the Masters program and of the lecture followed.
Students must have chosen their five teaching units by the end of September, inquiries will be made via email by the people in charge. Individual meetings will be organized if necessary.
Each of the five teaching units M1–M5 are attributed a mark on a scale of 20, the mark of the first semester being their average : MA = (M1 + M2 + M3 + M4 + M5) / 5. If this average is strictly less than 10, the student must take resit exams in each of the courses for which he/she obtained a mark lower than 10. In such a case the committee is entitled to forbid the student to go abroad to do his internship.
Weekly attendance of the Student seminar is compulsory for the validation of the first semester ; students will have to write brief reports on some of the seminars.
SECOND SEMESTER (30 ECTS)
The second semester is fully devoted to an internship done full-time in a research laboratory, most often abroad (in Europe but not only) or in France, in an academic or industrial environment. The internship starts after the winter holidays (end of January) and lasts until the summer (end of July).
The work undertaken is evaluated from a written report describing the results obtained and an oral presentation (mid-September), leading to the mark (on the scale of 20) for the second semester : MB = INTERNSHIP.
PASSING THE FIRST YEAR OF THE MASTERS PROGRAM (M1)
The first year is passed if the marks of both semesters (MA and MB) are larger or equal than 10, the yearly mark being their average :
(MA + MB) / 2 = (M1 + M2 + M3 + M4 + M5 + 5 * INTERNSHIP) / 10
The student who has successfully passed the M1 year of ICFP will be admitted in one of the pedagogical path of the M2 ICFP. Which path depends on the student’s proposal and of the estimate of the student’s abilities by the directors of the pedagogical paths. In case of disagreement between the student and the directors of pedagogical paths, the director of the ICFP Master program will propose one of the pedagogical paths to the student. If the student refuses the ICFP director’s proposal he/she will be considered as quitting the ICFP Master program.
2021-2022 Calendar and timetable
Information session: September, 1st 2021 - 10.30am - Room Borel, 29 rue d’Ulm Study period and examinations: September, 2nd 2021 to January, 21nd 2022 Christmas Break: December, 18th 2021 to January, 2nd 2022 (included) One week Break: January, (...) | ↦ Read more
LIST OF THE COURSES AND WEEKLY SCHEDULE. FIRST PART OF THE TERM Morning Afternoon Monday Probability Nano-photonics and quantum optics Tuesday Soft matter and interfaces Numerical methods for differential equations in physics (...) | ↦ Read more
The second semester of the first year of the Master’s consists entirely of a training internship, usually abroad, in a research laboratory. This is a full-time undertaking. The internship is normally spent in an academic, government-supported, or (...) | ↦ Read more