About the P3TMA Master

 Overview of the research physics Master program P3TMA

The present P3TMA Master 2 program aims at providing high level training in fundamental physics for students wishing to pursue a career in research or in applied fields. The courses offered are intended to provide a solid and diversified knowledge. They cover a wide range of topics in theoretical physics, mathematical physics, particle physics, astroparticles and cosmology. Students have the possibility of choosing among the list of proposed courses and thus decide to follow a specialized training among 3 main orientations. The program is designed to provide students with direct contact with actual research work through a four-month research project in the field of their choice and under the direction of one of our faculty members. The results of this project are presented in a final seminar in front of professors and colleagues.

Lectures are all held on the Campus of Luminy at walking distance of the Calanque of Sugiton. The Luminy campus is one of the 6 sites of the Faculty of Science of Aix-Marseille University (AMU).

The scientific content of the program of the P3TMA Master 2 is centered around three main themes: elementary particle physics, astroparticle and cosmology, statistical physics and nonlinear mechanics and mathematical physics. The 2 main host laboratories provide a direct immersion in a research environment:

    Theoretical Physics Center (CPT),
    Center for Particle Physics of Marseille (CPPM).

Furthermore, there are several partner laboratories from the Aix-Marseille University associated to the P3TMA at various levels:

    The Laboratory of Astrophysics of Marseille (LAM), the Fresnel Institute (Fresnel), the "Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre" (IRPHE), the "Institut Matériaux Microélectronique Nanosciences de Provence" (IM2NP), ...




In order to qualify for this program students must hold the degree of a first year master or equivalent in the areas of physics, mathematics, or engineering. Foreign students who need a residence visa (depending on their country of origin) must submit their applications as early as possible and follow the procedure described on the site CAMPUS FRANCE . Please note that all our classes are given in English, so the P3TMA master2 is open to foreign students who do not speak French. The application period runs from February 1st to July (see exact deadlines on our web site).

Access to the application

Foreign students are not required to speak French as lectures are taught in English.



The responsibles for the Master 2 Physics Research Program:


Marlon BARBERO and Serge LAZZARINI (year 2016-current)

E-mail: P3TMAdir@cppm.in2p3.fr (alias for both barbero@cppm.in2p3.fr and serge.lazzarini@cpt.univ-mrs.fr )

and the Master administrative secretary


Arnaud Duperrin and Alejandro PEREZ (year 2015-2016 and before) 

E-mail: duperrin@cppm.in2p3.frperez@cpt.univ-mrs.fr