Master of Physics - Physics Training Program

 Fundamental Physics (FunPhys) study program 

BREAKING NEWS!!!  Information for the fall 2020: (click on the hyperlink) weeks 1,2 & 3 for M1 and M2 years.


FunPhys is one of the possible study paths within the Master degree (MSc.) in Physics at Aix-Marseille University (see the top left inset on this web page). N.B. It holds up to 2022-23 academic year (included), end of the period of time for the AMU training accreditation.

The purpose of this 2-year specific training, focused on "Fundamental Physics", is to provide a strong general education in the major areas of physics and the possibilities for specialisation through constructing is own study path by choosing course units.

FunPhys gathers together several profiles of studies in physics. These are reinforced by the newly created

There are also other topics in the FunPhys Master program like the specialization in Radiation, Energy & Spectroscopy, in theroretical nanophysics or in non linear physics. 

  • There is also a work-study M2 program in Plasma Physics, for more detail see here.

The above Institutes (connect through the links) support excellent students (both national and international) through  10-month scholarship applying for their specific training. They also aim at offering PhD grants per year through an international call in a graduate school spirit.

At the European level, there are also


For the specific educational program Fun-Phys, the organisation of the teaching and credit hours goes as follows.

 Program in Fun-Physics (presential curriculum):

For choices among optional courses, core or specialized courses, click on the name (you will get course names and acces to their detailed content).

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Cumulated Credits per Semester
Scientific Watch Scientific Watch Major 1 Scientific Watch 2
Professional Course Professional Course Professional Course 4
English / French Courses English / French Courses Numerical and Computational Modeling 6
Laboratory and Computer Work

Laboratory and Computer Work

Major 2 8
Optional Course Doctoral Course 1 10
Statistical Physics Optional Course 1 Doctoral Course 2 12
Major 3

4-month Research Internship

Optional Course 2 16
Quantum Mechanics 18
Optional Course 3 Specialized Course 1 20
Mathematical Methods Optional Course 4 Specialized Course 2 24
Electromagnetism and Optical Physics Short Internship Specialized Course 3 28

Two 20-hour Doctoral courses are possible to be followed and marked for students willing to pusue for a PhD.

Detailed contents of the FunPhys courses are reachable from the last right box.


This Master's program (second cycle) is worth 60 - 120 ECTS (1 to 2 years). The AMU estimation is 1 credit = average of 25 and 30 study hours (also known as work hours) among which there may be 10 hours courses + guided exercise sessions. For more information see the ECTS Users’ Guide.


 Master-1 year (60 ECTS) is divided into two periods

 Semester 1 (30 ECTS): a focus on basic education in physics in order to provide well-trained backgrounds. Main campus site: St-Charles (down town).

 Semester 2 (30 ECTS): under the advises of an educational orientation committee, four optional courses can be chosen to gain a strong general education in the major areas of physics. This is the starting point for a gradual specialization. Main campus site: St-Charles (down town).

 Master-2 year (60 ECTS): is accessible for students having passed the Master-1 year, or to external students having completed a Master-1 level elsewhere.

 Semester 3 (30 ECTS): Based on their choice of Majors and Minors, students can orient their training towards various areas of specialization in fundamental Physics. Students are cautioned to check any prerequisite requirements for a course before making a selection. Guiding interviews will be held all along the Master training in order to help students in their choices and in accordance with their performance during the academic year.


Hereafter, are some ideas of guideline for possible specializations within the specific Fun-Phys program:

  • for a training in Astrophysics

Statistics and Data Analysis / Astrophysics / Relativity / Cosmology / Spectroscopy, Images, Detection / Atomic and Molecular Physics, Spectroscopy / Planetary Systems / Stars and Galaxies / The Relativistic Universe / General Relativity / Galaxies and Cosmology / Instrumentation for Astronomy from Ground and Space

  • for a training in Theoretical & Mathematical Physics, Particle Physics & Astroparticles

*) for a more oriented program in elementary particle physics: Statistics and Data Analysis / Subatomic and Particle Physics / Quantum Field Theory / Advanced Particle Physics / Standard Model and gauge theory / Astroparticles and Primordial Cosmology / Experimental Test of Standard Model and Beyond

*) for an orientation in theoretical physics: Advanced Mathematical Methods / Relativity / Advanced Quantum Statistical Physics / The Relativistic Universe / General Relativity / Statistical Physics II / Dynamical Systems and Non-Linear Physics / Advanced Quantum Field Theory / Advanced Quantum Mechanics / Out of Equilibrium Quantum Statistical Physics

*) for a training in complex systems with a strong connection with complexity in biology supported by CenTuri Institute on living sytems : Statistical Physics II / Dynamical Systems and Non-Linear Physics / Physics of Living Systems / Complex Systems and Introduction to Machine Learning / Soft Matter

  Semester 4

  • Depending on the orientation, a choice among:

- 2 x Doctoral School Lectures (among which a Black Holes course)
- A Semester 2 optional course
- A workshop on the observation site of the Observatoire de Haute Provence (OHP)
- Project on Magnetic Confinement Fusion at CEA-Cadarache

  • Modeling : simulation tools and projects
  • Research Internship in a lab or a work experience in a company (4 months). The rest of the semester 4 is mainly devoted to a research project under the direction of a researcher of the host laboratories of the Department of Physics or of CenTuri Institute on living sytems, or of LAM, all are in the area of Aix-Marseille University; or in other laboratories in France or abroad. The training period is 4 months (March-June) and is concluded by the presentation of a written report (of about 50 pages) and an oral public defense of 20 minutes (early July).


Logistic aspects 

Consider also some logistic aspects, Marseille is a spread-out city: two antipodal campus sites and accordingly situate your possible CROUS student guest house. (Have a glance at this google map). A large range of information is avaibable from the top right inset of this web page: "useful information".