The Master in Theoretical Physics and Applications is a two-years Master program fully taught in English, proposed by research teams of the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modélisation (LPTM) of University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), located 20 miles north-west of Paris, France.
This master program has obtained the label of "International French-Spanish Master" (Master International Franco-Espagnol)
This two-year Master Course aims at providing students with a high-level formation in Theoretical and Computational Physics, together with a deeper insight in one selected research field : Integrable Systems, or Complex Systems.
A broad spectrum of subjects is thus covered : from the mathematical accuracy of integrable models to the complexity of biological systems, social paradigms or communication networks. A wide horizon of applications is then open since these fields lie at crossroads to several domains of science : Mathematical and Statistical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Biology, and in which concerns the specialty Complex Systems, even Economy and Sociology.
In addition to solid foundations in Fundamental Physics, the students will have acquired a reinforced formation in the domain they chose not only through the specialized courses they take during the third semester but also by the practical experience they will have obtained after six month of research work.
Successful students following the MSc Theoretical Physics and Applications, will be awarded a French National Master diploma : "Mathematics, Physics and Applications (MPA), specialty Theoretical Physics and Applications (TPA), with the mention of the chosen orientation (Complex Systems, or Integrable Systems).
In addition, students integrating the French-Spanish international Master Program will also obtain the diploma : Master en Fisica y Tecnologias Fisicas from Zaragoza University.
The first year (semesters S1-S2) is devoted to the study of the general theories and the relevant mathematical and computational methods constituting the basis of a formation in fundamental Physics. Its role is two-fold : to allow for harmonization of a heterogeneous population of students and to provide for a first contact with the chosen specialization path. In fact this program aims at offering to students coming from different horizons a common general background and the powerful tools to start working in fundamental Physics, as well as opening to them a broad spectrum of domains.
During the first semester of the second year, students will study advanced fondamental Physics courses as well as specialization courses. The second semester will be devoted to the realisation of a research project in a research laboratory chosen wit the agreement of the pedagogical council of the Master program. This research work will yield a master thesis concluded by a written report and a public defense.
Each year of this two-year Master program is structured in two semesters of 30 credits or ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) each. The first year is common to all the students. In the second year students may choose between two orientations : Complex Systems or Integrable Systems1st Year (M1) : General Fundamental Physics
1st semester (S1)
2nd semester (S2)
Compulsory courses :
2 Optional courses chosen among the following
Compulsory courses :
Optional courses : 2 to be chosen amongst the following :
Specialization Courses :
Speciality "Complex Systems" :
Speciality "Integrable Systems" :
The student will choose a research subject among those proposed by our laboratory or any research institution approved by the Master Pedagogical Committee. This work will yield a written report and public Master thesis defense (30 ECTS).P.S :
(*) Proposed to improve English skills of French speaking 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.
"Bourse de la Région Ile de France" (merit scholarship)
UCP receives funding from the "Ile de France Region" to provide scholarships for outstanding foreign students at M1 and M2 level (applicants obtaining the scholarship for M1 are prioritary for a renewal under certain conditions).
The amount of the scholarship is 10,500 /yr plus some help for accommodation.
Interested applicants should have excellent records and should inform one of the academic contacts on due time (see details for this academic year).
"Bourse d'excellence de l'UCP" (merit scholarship):
In addition, UCP proposes a merit scholarshipbat the M2 level, for candidates with outstanding curriculum. The amount of the scholarship is 7000/yr plus registration fees exemption. This grant is devoted to student interested in pursuing their Ph.D. in a domain of interest of one of the UCP's research team.