M1 Applied Physics

The first year of the Fundamental Physics and Applications Master's degree in Applied Physics provides students with a solid scientific training enabling them to continue their studies in an Applied Master's 2 leading to careers as physics engineers.

The program is particularly well suited to the finalized Master 2 Fundamental Physics and Applications courses taught at the University of Lille:

Outre de solides bases en physique générale (plusieurs unités communes aux parcours Physique Appliquée et Physique Fondamentale), une large part de l’enseignement est consacrée aux applications et compétences transverses : capteurs, mesure, programmation informatique, analyse optique et acoustique...

Experimental teaching plays a key role in the Physics Master's program;
The course emphasizes hands-on experience through practical classes and mini-projects:

  • An introduction to scientific project management in semester 1
  • A scientific project in semester 2
  • An internship (2 to 4 months) in a company or research laboratory (outside the University of Lille) in France or abroad.

Skills acquired on completion of the Master's degree

  • Know and master the basic concepts of general physics (thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, materials physics, etc.).
  • Know how to use programming languages and digital tools applied to scientific computing, physics modeling and the man/machine interface.
  • Know and know how to use appropriate measurement tools in a variety of scientific contexts.
  • Understand and express themselves orally and in writing in English (fluent and scientific).
  • Be capable of independently tackling a complex physics problem (theoretical, experimental or numerical).


The Master 1 Applied Physics is organized around four blocks of knowledge and skills, and in two semesters of 30 ECTS each.

Semester 1

  • Advanced optics,
  • Mechanical properties of matter,
  • Semiconductor physics,
  • Electromagnetism and Nuclear Physics.
  • Measurement,
  • Data acquisition,
  • Data processing and analysis,
  • Mathematical tools.
  • English,
  • Student project.

Master 1 can be followed up with a Master 2 degree

The Master 1 in Fundamental Physics and Applications is particularly well-suited to the pursuit of Master 2 studies in the following fields, notably at the University of Lille:  

Courses specific to each Master's 2 pathway are presented in specific materials.

Admission & Scholarships

For M1 students

Admission to the first year of the Master's program is subject to an examination of the candidate's file, as follows:

Recommended degree: Physics, Physics-Chemistry.

Examination criteria: 

  • Provide a detailed record of the candidate's course of study, enabling an assessment of the objectives and skills acquired through previous training.
  • Proof of mastery of previous training (transcripts)
  • Proof of motivation (covering letter)
  • Provide proof of employment or internship.

Capacity: 80 places for the specialization.

Selection procedure: Application study.

National recruitment procedure and timetable via www.monmaster.gouv.fr

  1. Applications from 03/22 to 04/18 inclusive.
  2. Examination of applications from 24/04 to 16/06.
  3. Admission proposals sent to applicants and applicants' responses: from 06/23 to 07/21.

For M2 students

Priority is given to candidates who have completed the Master 1 in the field at the University of lille
Find out more about the special conditions of access to Master 1 in Fundamental Physics and Applications Applied Physics in Master 2 by consulting the University of Lille training catalog. To apply for a Master 2 degree, please use the Université de lille's application platform: https://ecandidat.univ-lille.fr