Master of Physics

Master of Physics

In short, the 2-year Master of Physics, is made of three different main training programs:

The Master of Physics  provides students with a solid level of knowledge in theoretical and experimental physics, allowing them to pursue a research career. It is mainly based on the experience of researchers from host laboratories in Physics at Aix-Marseille University.


Head of the whole Master of Physics: Laurent Raymond

Master pedagogic secretariat: .

 Fundamental Physics (Fun-Phys) program.

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.

Fun-Phys merges together, in a coherent way, former specialized Master-2 training programs of the previous Master program: the former P3TMA and SPaCE programs as the two certified by the Academy of Excellence A*Midex, the national Master on Plasma Fusion physics, the specialization in Radiation, Energy & Spectroscopy, and part of non linear physics.  In particular, Fun-Phys covers the former P3TMA training in Theoretical & Mathematical Physics, Particle Physics & Astroparticles. In addition, connected to the 10-year long-term CenTuri Institute on living sytems a new specific specialization around the complexity in biology is also proposed. CenTuri supports through a 10-month scholarship at most 4 excellent students (both national and international) applying for this training in complexity at the M2 level. In the framework of complexity in biology, CenTuri also aims at offering ~10 PhD grants per year through an international call.

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.

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.

 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.

 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.

 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.


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

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 which may cover the former P3TMA program 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 devoted to a research project under the direction of a researcher of the host laboratories of the Department of Physics at University of Aix-Marseille or in CenTuri Institute on living sytems, 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).