The first semester (SeptemberDecember) starts with a 30h lecture on mathematical tools and methods, which, depending on orientation, can be either "mathematical methods and group theory" or "mathematical and statictical methods for physics" (see table below for more details).
This lecture is followed by three core physics courses of 40h (the choice of these courses depending on the orientation  see Table below for details). During this period, students do an advanced experimental project.
Students also prepare an oral presentation (seminar) on a research topic proposed and supervised by members of the laboratories participating in the program (either from the core laboratories CPT, CPPM , or from the other laboratories involved in the program). This work confronts the students with an important aspect of research: literature search, and exposure to their peers and professors in an open oral presentation. It also prepares the students for the dissertation which takes place at the end of the second semester.
In the second semester (JanuaryFebruary) the students start with a course on computational methods of 26h. The grade of this course comes from an exam of the theoretical part (50%) and the grade of the practical part defended in a 10 minutes oral presentation and chosen among the following two options:
Computer programming mini project performed on a subject proposed by one of our faculty members. This project is done during the month of February and represents about 20 hours of work.
A workshop on the observation site of the Observatoire de Haute Provence (OHP) followed by computer modeling of these observations.
In the second semester, the lectures become specialized. From early January to late February students follow four specialized courses (20 hours each) chosen from a list of topics related to the basic courses (more details below).
Research Internship (4 months):
The rest of the semester is devoted to a research project under the direction of a researcher of the laboratories of the Graduate School of Physics of the University of AixMarseille, or other laboratories in France or abroad. The training period is 4 months (MarchJune) and is concluded by the presentation of a written report (of about 50 pages) and an oral public defense of 20 minutes (early July).
The partition between the two semesters is as follows (important: there is no compensation between semesters and there is no second examination session):
Total = 60 ECTS
You have to choose from the 3 orientations below. Admissions are decided for each orientation separately. You may choose more than one orientation; however, you will be admitted to one orientation only.
Three main orientations  Orientations  
O1: Relativistic Theoretical Physics  O2: Condensed Matter Theoretical Physics  O3: Particle Physics and Astroparticles  

First semester  
Mathematic tools and methods  
Mathematical methods and group theory 
Mandatory 
Optional (choose 1 of 2)  
Mathematical and statistical methods for physics  Optional (choose 1 of 2)  Mandatory  
First semester physics courses  
Statistical Mechanics  Mandatory  
Nonlinear Phenomena, dynamical systems and chaos  Mandatory  
Particle Physics 
Mandatory


Quantum Field Theory 
Mandatory 
Optional (choose 1 of 3)  Mandatory  
Relativistic cosmology 
Optional (choose 2 of 3)

Optional (choose 1 of 3) 
Optional (choose 1 of 2)


Advanced quantum mechanics 
Optional (choose 2 of 3)

Optional (choose 1 of 3)  
General relativity 
Optional (choose 2 of 3)

Optional (choose 1 of 2)


Second semester  
Second semester physics courses  
Gauge theory and geometry 
Mandatory 

The standard model of particle physics 
Mandatory 

Black hole physics 
Mandatory 

Advanced quantum field theory 
Mandatory 
Optional (choose 4 of 5)  QFT prerequisite  
Hamiltonian chaos, transport and plasma physics  Optional (choose 4 of 5)  
Hamiltonian dynamics and statistical physics  Optional (choose 4 of 5)  
Introduction to complex network  Optional (choose 4 of 5)  
Field theoritical methods for quantum nanophysics  Optional (choose 4 of 5)  
Astroparticles  Mandatory  
Exp. particle physics and test of the standard model  Mandatory  
Searches for new physics and neutrino physics  Mandatory  
Physical cosmology  Mandatory  
Computing project or OHP internship  
Computer programming 
Mandatory 
Mandatory  Mandatory  
Computing project  Optional (choose 1 of 2)  Optional (choose 1 of 2)  Optional (choose 1 of 2)  
Internship at Observatoire Haute Provence  Optional (choose 1 of 2)  Optional (choose 1 of 2)  Optional (choose 1 of 2)  
Advanced experimental project  
Advanced experimental project 
Mandatory (choose 1 of 4)

Mandatory (choose 1 of 4)  Mandatory (choose 1 of 4)  
Research internship (4 months)  
Research internship 
Mandatory 
Mandatory  Mandatory 
You have to choose from the 3 orientations below. Admissions are decided for each orientation separately. You may choose more than one orientation; however, you will be admitted to one orientation only.
First semester: you must follow the following courses on mathematical methods for physics and on quantum field theory:
In addition, you have to choose 2 core courses from the following list:
Second semester: you have to follow the 4 courses below:
First semester: the semester starts with a course on mathematical methods for physics to be chosen from the following two possibilities:
In addition, you have to follow 2 core courses:
And you have to choose a third core course from the following list:
Second semester: you have to choose 4 courses from the following list:
First semester: you must follow the following courses on mathematical methods for physics and on quantum field theory:
In addition, you have to follow the core course:
And you have to choose one additional core course from the following list:
Second semester: you have to follow the 4 courses below:
Your choices in each orientation must be validated by the explicit authorization of the heads of the program. Quota might apply in certain courses depending on the demand. This will be established after a personal interview at the beginning of the academic year.