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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 497 / Year
  • Foreign: $ 497 / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    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.

    During the 2nd year, courses offered include:
    • Introduction to the theory and to the applications of solitons
    • Gravitation 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 datas 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 PhD 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.

    Some grants are also available that cover a significant part of these expenses.

    France requirements for international students

    France propose a world-class higher education institutions in an international environment. The application process for international students is exactly the same as it is for french students but it's indispensable to contact with a platform “Etude in France” and the regional department of “Campus France” (a public institution in charge of promoting higher education and managing the reception and international mobility of students).

    Higher education is thus provided by two main types of institution: universities and "grandes écoles". «Grandes écoles» are the most reputable of the French education system. To win admission students get in by competitive examination, the institutions are relatively small, and classes in them small too. French universities are open to all “bacheliers”, or a student whom has passed their baccalaureate, and it's also easier to apply for the university program. 

    It is necessary to point out that the European local or an international student have to complete the application process in its entirety,  as well as submit all documentation at the time of submission so the procces suit to the ground for the students all over the world. Students are eligible for grants and other financial assistance from the governement to support study in France.


    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.
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