Admission procedure

 Admission to the new Fundamental Physics program of the Master of Physics

 Academic year 2019-2020

  • It is reminded that it is a 2-year training program. In order to be taught in a more coherent way, it is advised to be enrolled in the 1st year of the curriculum. Eligible students are those that have obtained a Science degree in Physics, or a 3rd year of engineering or foreign equivalent. Good performance in previous years of education is expected.
  • Enrolment in the 2nd year: future 1st year Master students will be entitled to enrolment if they have completed the new Master-1 year. For students coming from other universities the enrolmant is possible. Eligible students are those that have completed there a first year master in physics, or a 3rd year of engineering or foreign equivalent. Good performance in previous years of education is expected. An interview may be requested by officials of the Master.

Please note that the classes will be taught in English and a good level of understanding is therefore required.


 Application process for year 2019-2020

Since the Master of Physics mainly competes with other Master programs in France with the goal of enrolling students with a high level of academic achievement, and as the application process takes time, with paperwork involved, we strongly advise to apply to the program as soon as possible(!) in good time as the competition for places is stiff.


 Paperwork involved

There are steps that need to be taken care of by the candidates. An application will be considered only if all the needed formalities are fulfilled.

Note that depending on situation (country of residence), either the e-candidature procedure needs to be followed, or the Campus France procedure is required.

The required formalities are described in details below:



  •  Campus-France procedure (this procedure only concerns foreign students for specific countries of residence listed below. Beware: application is required before end of March usually!)

For both it is asked two

  • Recommendation letters (only for candidates not already enrolled in the M1-year of the Master in Physics at AMU and applying for the 2nd-year Master directly from outside AMU).

If you encounter any trouble through the procedure, please contact the Master secreteriat.


Candidates are asked as early as March to take care of:


E-candidature (open from April 1, 2019)

All students (except those concerned by the Campus France procedure) need to complete the Aix-Marseille on-line application procedure:

 The on-line procedure is via the application e-candidature where you have to upload the required documents before the indicated deadline.

 **Beware(!!) Pay a special attention to the calendar 2019

for candidates' online applications for the 1st year Master program.

 June 10, 2019: Closing date for candidate registration to the 1st year.

 June 13, 2018: Deadline for supplying all the supporting documents required for the application to the 1st year. This closing date will be applied countrywide.

June 22, 2018: Deadline for the Master to provide by email a written response to the 1st-year applicants.

Extended deadline for application:  August 29, 2019.

A guide in French is available here. A guide in English is also available under this link.

e-candidat application online, once your account has been created:

  • For the 1st year of the Master program in Physics: select "Master 1 Physique MARSEILLE Saint-Charles".  Extended deadline for applying:  August 29, 2019


  • For the 2nd year of the Master program in Physics: select "Master 2 Physique : Physique MARSEILLE Saint-Charles", if you are interested by training Master courses in fundamental physics. Extended deadline for application:  August 29, 2019.

 For your information, the e-candidature administrative application should contain:

  •     Curriculum vitae
  •     Motivation letter
  •     Transcripts since graduation from high school included
  •     In the case where the degree is not available yet, provide the transcripts of the courses already taken
  •     Program of courses previously taken
  •     Copy of your passport and an extract of birth certificate with translation into French (a copy of your passport or identity card is also valid)
  •    Results of the T.C.F. is NOT required contrary to what is often mentioned! The TCF is a test of your knowledge in French requested in some cases by Campus France. However, please note carefully that the courses will be taught in English in the Master so any issues from Campus France officers with this requirement should be discussed with the heads of the P3TMA Program well before any administrative application deadlines so that we can get in touch with Campus France officers in your country to explain the situation. On the other hand, certificates ensuring your English language proficiency are very welcome (like TOEFL certificates etc...).

      French translation of foreign diplomas and transcripts must be authenticated by the Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of France in the country of origin or by official translator (documents in English do not need to be translated).


Recommendation Letters


    2. If you apply for the 2nd-year Master directly from outside AMU, ask for two confidential recommendation letters (only for candidates not already enrolled in the M1-year of the Master in Physics at AMU):

    Once your application has been submitted, and before mid-June , please arrange for two confidential recommendation letters to be sent directly by one professor of your current year of education and a professor/researcher who supervized your last year research internship (ex: Master 1 internship). These letters should be sent directly by your professors in electronic form to the Master secretariat.


    Campus France Application

    3. Follow the Campus France procedure if applicable (for foreign students only, from one of the country of residence listed below):

    BEWARE, the Campus France application process needs to be usually fulfilled before the end of March.


        According to the regulations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and depending on your country of origin, some foreign applicants should contact the agency CAMPUS FRANCE (CF) in order to obtain their visas. Note that CF applicants must also follow all previous steps in addition to their CF application. But the application cannot be considered until validated by CAMPUS FRANCE.

    List of countries of residence for which Campus France process needs to be followed: Algeria - Argentina - Benin - Brazil - Burkina Faso - Cameroon - Chile - China - Colombia - Comoros - Congo - South Korea - Ivory Coast - Egypt - United States of America - Gabon - Guinea - India - Indonesia - Iran - Japan - Lebanon - Madagascar - Mali - Morocco - Mauritania - Mauritius - Mexico - Peru - Russia - Senegal - Singapore - Syria - Taiwan - Togo - Tunisia - Turkey - Vietnam

    A list of Campus France contacts depending on your country of residence can be found in the document here. As the Campus France application deadline is March the 30th, we strongly advise getting in contact to Campus France representative as early as possible.



    Incomplete applications will not be processed.

    The application period runs from March to the application deadline. The school year starts in early September and ends early July.

    Applicants are informed of their possible provisional admission soon after receipt of the relevant information in the application package. Warning: this admission is provisional and subjected to final approval (in July) by the president of the admission committee of the University of Aix-Marseille. It is therefore advisable not to wait until the end of June to apply.

    Once admitted, final administrative registration at the University of Aix-Marseille is in September.


    Registration fees at Aix-Marseille University are about (for more detail, see here):

    • MASTER: 243 €,
    • French National contribution (CVEC): 90 €.



    Head of the Master of Physics: Laurent Raymond


    In the past:

    Responsibles of the former P3TMA Master Program:

    • Previous years 2016-2018: Marlon BARBERO and Serge LAZZARINI (use preferably the generic email :

    Personal e-mails: ,


    • Previous Years 2012-2016: Arnaud Duperrin and Alejandro PEREZ


    e-mail: ,