Master of Fundamental Physics


Program Description

The Master of Fundamental Physics is a prestigious degree that is specifically intended for students interested in the methods and concepts of fundamental physics in the wide range of topics concerned by non linear phenomena, including particle physics, quantum field theory, general relativity, cosmology, propagation of waves in complex media, disordered/chaotic systems.

By choosing this master’s degree, you can be assured that you will be taught by a unique blend of leading researchers of different nationalities from two laboratories (LMPT and GREMAN). You will benefit from individual tutorials, advice, and support from the faculty regarding your choices of courses, research internships, and your overall academic future.

Located in the Loire Valley, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, one hour away by train from Paris, Tours offers, since the Renaissance, a privileged environment for studies at the highest level in an exquisite place for cultural and sports activities.

The second year (S3 & S4): Non-Linear Physics

During the 2nd year, courses offered include:

  • Introduction to the theory and to the applications of solitons
  • ravitation and relativistic astrophysics
  • Collective quantum effects (vacuum, particles and fields)
  • Numerical simulations
  • Solitons in field theory
  • Disordered systems
  • Dynamical systems

In semester S4, courses comprise two electives, that end in March. Thereafter, students work on a Master's thesis project, lasting three months.

Examples of internship subjects:

  • Constraints on gravitation theories from data on galaxy clusters (Midi-Pyrenees Observatory)
  • Simulating magnetization profiles (CEA)
  • Vortex chaotic dynamics in superconductors (GREMAN)
  • Deformation of Onsager algebra and integrable systems (LMPT)
  • Hawking radiation and hydrodynamical black holes (J.-A. Dieudonne laboratory, Nice)

A predoctoral education in Fundamental Physics

The whole two years may interest graduate students but starting from the second year is also possible for suitably qualified students (the courses in the second year are taught in English). This training provides a thorough theoretical background ideally positioning the graduate for a Ph.D. in theoretical or experimental physics (generally supported by grants in distinguished French laboratories that are accessible to almost all students of this master) or for pursuing a career outside of academia.

The first year offers general lectures (continuous media, quantum physics, statistical physics, atomic and subatomic physics, classical fields, condensed matter, numerical methods) while the second year is aimed to deepen the fundamental notions of theoretical physics not only through a wide choice of advanced elective courses but, even more importantly, through the opportunity to actively participate in research projects through the senior thesis.

Note that in Tours, students may find easily an individual accommodation for less than 400€/month.

Cost & Fees

As this is a French National Master program, academic tuition fees are fixed annually by the government, they are approximatively 450€/year, including student’s health care insurance. Some grants are also available that cover a significant part of these expenses.

Entry Requirements

A level corresponding to 180 ECTS (3 or 4 years in a higher education institution) in an academic program in Physics (or in some cases in Mathematics) including basic knowledge of Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Linear Algebra is required for all students.

Courses are scheduled to start mid-September. We strongly recommend that Non-European candidates apply early enough. In particular, countries concerned by the online Campus France compulsory procedure should contact their local Campus France Agency to check for the updated deadline (around the end of March). In addition, attention should be paid to deadlines of different scholarship programs.

Last updated Nov 2018

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The University of Tours is a decisively European university that has established a campaign of actions within the Europe 2020 strategy, aiming to develop “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. Tours, the city of the "good life" Tours is a human-sized city . With 300,000 inhabitants, the city of Tours has the characteristic to have 40% of its people having less than 30 years old. The presence of 22,000 François-Rabelais university students is no stranger to this young population, who likes to be at the heart of the "vieux" Tours, place Plumereau. At 55 minutes from Paris by TGV, Tours has also an airport with a daily service to London. City of the "good life", its advantages are many: the sweetness of the Loire river, its many parks and public gardens, sports clubs, cultural and associative structures, its historic heritage. In 2013, the tramway will serve the urban areas of 13 km. Touraine, it is also the land of castles of the Loire: Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Villandry and its gardens, the Clos Luce, Chinon, Langeais, Loches, Ussé. Names associated with the history of France, with its kings, the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Louis XI, Charles VIII, François I,), but St. Martin, Leonardo da Vinci, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Médicis, Ronsard , Rabelais, Descartes, Balzac, Bergson. A fifty buildings are the cornerstone of Loire Valley tourism, to discover also thanks to routes of the Loire by bike. Touraine, the garden of France, also has a renowned vineyard with wine cellars and restaurants whose cuisine is in the tradition of "Gourmet meal of the French", officially registered since 2010 in the list of intangible cultural heritage of the UNESCO. Already in 2000, UNESCO chose to make the Loire Valley an area of ??major heritage by including over 250 km, as a cultural landscape, alongside the world's largest sites. The attractiveness of Touraine also passes through the dynamism of international tourism, a real estate market, which id new and old, is still doing well. Industrial partnerships established with the university also reinforce its research centers. Read less