Publié le 24 août 2020 Mis à jour le 11 mars 2021

Master : Physics : M2 Physics and Modelization option Theoretical Physics

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Master : Physics : M2 Physics and Modelization option Theoretical Physics


 This second year of Master aims at providing students with a high-level formation in Theoretical and Computational Physics, together with a deeper insight in one selected research field: Statistical Physics, Quantum systems, Condensed matter, Integrable Systems, Complex Systems, Dynamical Systems.
In addition to solid foundations in Fundamental Physics, the students will have acquired a reinforced formation in the domain they chose not only through the specialized courses they take during the third semester but also by the practical experience they will have obtained after four month of research work.


This second year of Master definitely prepare students to start a PhD work in the domain of theoretical physics, nevertheless it has been done in such a way, that reorientation to more applied physics is made possible.
The choice of a national French degree fully taught in English has the double advantage of an international open up:
 It makes this training accessible to students from all over the world and allows world specialists to participate in the teaching and supervision of students, thus guaranteeing excellence in the discipline.
 It also allows French-speaking students to receive disciplinary training in a familiar environment, while being exposed to international realities and improving their practical and professional English.
At the European level, the absence of language barriers facilitates exchanges of both students and professors between universities and possible double degrees.


Site de Saint-Martin

Responsable(s) de la formation




CY Tech science et technologie
Site de Saint-Martin



Niveau(x) de recrutement

Baccalauréat général

Formation(s) requise(s)

240 ECTS or equivalent (3/4 years BSc one year of Master) in an academic program including knowledge of Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Mathematics for Physics are required. A good mastering of English is essential to follow the lectures. Knowledge in coding (python for example) and computational methods is a real plus. 

Modalités de candidature

  • e-candidat

Modalités de candidature spécifiques

Applications from non-EU foreign students attached to Campus France are made on a new application "Etudes en France"
Candidates can send their requests by email to the training managers

Conditions d'admission / Modalités de sélection

Admission is based on academic records, taking into account grades earned, the syllabus of the courses followed and recommendation of professors. The study of the file may be completed by an interview. 


This two-years Master of Theoretical Physics of CYU is fully taught in English. It is supported by the research teams of the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modélisation (LPTM CNRS UMR 8089).
Students acquire solid foundations in Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical and Statistical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Dynamical Systems. They are exposed to a broad spectrum of subjects: from the mathematical accuracy of integrable models to the complexity of biological systems, social paradigms or communication networks. They get a reinforced formation in their domain of specialization through the optional courses they take during the third semester but also by the practical experience they have thanks to four months of research work. 

Contenu de la formation

1st semester 2nd Yr (S3)
    Introduction to Dynamical Systems
    Introduction to Hamiltonian systems
    Renormalization Group
    Advanced Quantum Mechanics 
    Advanced Statistical Mechanics
    Tutored projects /options
    French for Foreigners / Scientific Communication in English (*)
        (*) Proposed to improve English skills of French speaking students

Options/tutored projects
    The subjects of the options/tutored projects are to be chosen by the student in agreement with the pedagogical committee
    A list of proposals is available, for instance: Graph theory, Markov chains, Symmetries in physics, Classical and Quantum Information, Many-body problem, Quantum transport and nanomaterials, Simulation of quantum systems, Density Functional Theory, Integrable systems, Introduction to Chaos.
    One tutored project amounts to a full time work of two weeks, plus writing a report and preparing an oral presentation.

2nd semester 2nd Yr (S4)
    Literature Search, Tutored Projects, Internship

There is a compulsory internship of a minimum of 8 weeks, if literature search has been done for 4 weeks and continued with a 2-weeks tutored project to prepare to the internship.
In case of a bare internship, it should last for a minimum of 16 weeks.

A collaboration between LPTM, the Theoretical Physics and the Condensed Matter Departments of Zaragoza University and the Institut for Biocomputational Physics (BIFI) of Zaragoza has led to a joint Master program, which has received the label "Spanish-French International Master Program" and proposes to especially selected students a double diploma (our Master and the Master en Fisica y Tecnologias Fisicas from Zaragoza University) including an international mobility of at least one semester during the two years.
In addition, the physics department has a large number of international partnerships.
Of Erasmus type:
University of: Bologna, Chester, Edinburgh, Oldenburg, Parma, Zaragoza, Firenze, Groningen, Mons, München.
Or not:
University of: Warwick, Montréal (CA), Laval (CA), Osaka Prefecture (Japon), Kazan (Russie), NUS (Singapour), Pusan (Corée), FUMEC (Brésil), Buenos Aires (Argentine).

Temps plein

Short after September 15th start the lectures (and exercises classes). Mid-term exams take place after 6 or 7 weeks of courses. The same scheme of 6 or 7 weeks of classes repeat until the Christmas holidays. Examinations for the compulsory courses take place at the beginning of January. Then starts another 6 or 7 weeks’ period of classes, dedicated to options and projects ending with an examination session which closes the first semester. After the winter holidays starts the last period of the year consisting in four months of research work (that may include some literature search and tutored project if needed before the internship), evaluated around June 15th by a master thesis defense. 


The jury meets and decides on the results of the year for each student. A second session of exams is proposed to the students who have failed (except for the projects and internship). The final results for the year are known about July 15th.

Et après ?

Niveau de sortie

Année post-bac de sortie

Bac +5

Niveau de sortie

BAC +5

Compétences visées

Activités visées / compétences attestées

Analyze a given problem and link it to general and well known results of physics within the framework of a fixed model.
Apply abstraction, logic and knowledge of orders of magnitude to question the relevance of a suggested model.
Carry out a reasoning, knowing how to identify the required hypothesis that underlie it and to elaborate the proofs to establish it, with the help of either mathematical or computational tools.
Analyze results with a critical, curious and innovative mind.
Communicate in writing and orally in a rigorous and appropriate manner.
Be familiar with the large disciplinary knowledge of fundamental physics and Master some specialization domain of theoretical physics.

Poursuites d'études

This master program is definitely research oriented.
Most students will continue with a PhD program. 

Débouchés professionnels

Secteurs d'activité ou type d'emploi

The expected career after a two-year Master in theoretical physics followed by a PhD in the same field is clearly the one of academic research (in universities or research institute either in France (CNRS, CEA…) or abroad).
If students want to have a different trajectory, the number of opportunities for physicists, after a master's degree (or PhD degree) is large in a wide variety of domains (Research and Development for products or processes, Teaching, Financial Analysis, Quality Assessment, Scientific Communication, Network Management for transportation, energy supply…).


Coût de la formation

  • National fees + the cost of one semester of "French as a foreign language" courses at the CY-CILFAC (Centre International Langue Française et Action Culturelle) for non-French speakers.