M1 Physics for the 21st Century

The aim of the Master 1 Physics of the XXIst century is to provide students with a high-level theoretical and experimental scientific training, based on the broad spectrum of the outstanding research carried out in Physics at University of Lille and in relation to the challenges of our time (photonics, quantum information, environment, materials…).

The Master 1 Physics of the XXIst century is open to all national and international students, French or English speaking. It offers basic general physics training which allow students to choose their M2 specialization at the end of the M1 year. A pre-specialized track focused on Atmospheric Sciences is also available.

Skills acquired at the end of the master's degree

  • Analyze a scientific problem and relate it to known results of physics within the framework of a set model.
  • Apply logic, and knowledge of orders of magnitudes to question the relevance of a proposed model.
  • Conduct an argument and know how to identify the required hypothesis underlying it and develop the evidence for it, using either mathematical or computational tools.
  • Analyze results with a critical, inquisitive and innovative mind.
  • Communicate in writing and orally in a rigorous and appropriate manner.
  • Be familiar with the extensive disciplinary knowledge of fundamental physics.


The Master 1 Physics of the XXIst century is a 1 year course (60 ECTS credits) composed of 2 semesters (30 credits each) of integrated courses delivered in english.

The training consists of a broad and demanding set of courses in advanced fundamental, experimental, and numerical physics, with a focus possible on either Photonics or Atmospheric Sciences. 

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals in optics, quantum and statistical physics,
  • Advanced optics,
  • Numerical tools and lab training,
  • Mechanical properties of Matter and Electromagnetism in matter OR Physics & Chemistry of the atmosphere,
  • French foreign language,
  • Project management.

Semester 2

  • Molecular and atomic physics,
  • Light-matter interaction,
  • Advanced optics II,
  • Solid State Physics & Thermod. and Statistical Physics OR Applied molecular spectroscopy & Thermod. of the atmosphere,
  • One discovery unit: Matter Molecules and their Environment (MME) OR Photonics, Complex and Quantum Systems, (PhoCQS),
  • Laboratory or Industry internship (April to June) – possibility to get funding to support internships abroad.

This diploma fully prepares the students to integrate the Master 2 Applied and Fundamental Physics programs of our university.


A reorientation to more applied physics is also possible.

Job opportunities

  • PhD thesis in a research laboratory
  • Engineer in research and development, teaching, programming and data analysis…

This master program is research oriented. Most of the students continue with a PhD thesis after the M2. A wide range of offers is available each year in the various laboratories of our university.

Admission & Scholarships

Requirements: Having a bachelor's degree in physics, chemical physics and fluency in English. No knowledge of French is required.

Application calendar

This step depends on the country of origin of the applicant; all information may be found on the website of Campus France (https://www.campusfrance.org/en/procedure- studying-in-France):

  • If the so-called "Studying in France procedure” described on this website concerns you, you must apply to this Master's program through Campus France (validation deadline: December 15th, 2022).
  • If you are not concerned, you may apply from 01/03 to 3/04. For updates, check www.univ-lille.fr.