Organisation of the teaching and credit hours

 Organization of teaching:

 

The first semester (September-December) 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 (January-February) 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 Aix-Marseille, or 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).

 

 Distribution of credits :

The partition between the two semesters is as follows (important: there is no compensation between semesters and there is no second examination session):

  • First Semester : 30 ECTS
    • mathematical methods course : 3 ECTS
    • three core courses : 18 ECTS (3 x 6 ECTS)
    • three specialized courses (counted from second semester, see NOTE above) : 9 ECTS (3 x 3 ECTS)
  • Second semester : 30 ECTS
    • computing course + project : 3 ECTS
    • one specialized course : 3 ECTS
    • advanced experimental projects : 3 ECTS
    • Research Internship (4 months): 21 ECTS

Total  = 60 ECTS


 

 The 3 orientations of the P3TMA Program

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 pre-requisite-  
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

 

 The 3 orientations of the P3TMA Program

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.

 Orientation 1: Relativistic Theoretical Physics orientation 

First semester: you must follow the following courses on mathematical methods for physics and on quantum field theory:

  •     Mathematical methods and group theory
  •     Quantum Field Theory

In addition, you have to choose 2 core courses from the following list:

  •     Relativistic Cosmology
  •     Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  •     General Relativity

Second semester: you have to follow the 4 courses below:

  •     Gauge theory and geometry
  •     The standard model of particle physics
  •     Black hole physics
  •     Advanced quantum field theory

 Orientation 2: Condensed Matter Theoretical Physics orientation

First semester: the semester starts with a course on mathematical methods for physics to be chosen from the following two possibilities:

  •     Mathematical methods and group theory
  •     Mathematical and statistical methods for physics

In addition, you have to follow 2 core courses:

  •     Statistical Mechanics
  •     Nonlinear phenomena, dynamical systems and chaos

And you have to choose a third core course from the following list:

  •     Relativistic Cosmology
  •     Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  •     Quantum Field Theory

Second semester: you have to choose 4 courses from the following list:

  •     Hamiltonian chaos, transport and plasma physics,
  •     Hamiltonian dynamics and statistical mechanics,
  •     Introduction to complex networks,
  •     Advanced quantum field theory (Quantum Field Theory a pre-requisite!).
  •     Field theoretical methods for quantum nanophysics

 Orientation 3: Particle Physics orientation

First semester: you must follow the following courses on mathematical methods for physics and on quantum field theory:

  •     Mathematical and statistical methods for physics
  •     Quantum Field Theory

In addition, you have to follow the core course:

  •     Particle Physics

And you have to choose one additional core course from the following list:

  •     Relativistic Cosmology
  •     General Relativity

Second semester: you have to follow the 4 courses below:

  •     Astroparticles,
  •     Experimental particle physics and tests of the Standard Model
  •     Searches for new physics and neutrino physics
  •     Physical cosmology

 

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.