Preparation for the Aggregation

The aim of the course is to prepare students for the competitive examination for the agrégation de sciences physiques, physics option.

The Fundamental Physics and Applications Master's degree is based on the research potential of the University of Lille's laboratories, Faculty of Science and Technology Platforms, and their links with industrial companies and the socio-economic world in the region, France and Europe.

Several courses are offered in the first and second years of the Master's program, with the aim of enabling students to enter both the world of industry and the world of research.

The wide choice of units and their multi-disciplinary approach (physics-chemistry-biology) prepare students for their professional integration, while enabling them to anticipate changes of direction during their career.


Skills acquired on completion of the Master's degree

Our strategy for preparing for the written and oral exams is based on the following pillars:

  • theoretical supplements from September to January, in line with exam requirements (for preparation for the written exams, which take place in March)
         - comprehensive weekly practical work
         - weekly work placements (to prepare for the orals, which take place from mid-June to mid-July)
  • writing practice in the form of 6 "agrégations blanches", which also serve as assessments for students registered under the "Master 2" label

Graduates are able to conceptualize theoretical and experimental scientific problems.
He/she will be able to place a problem in context, identify the scientific obstacles, and propose a scientific approach to the problem.
He/she is proficient in exploiting experimental/digital work and transmitting the results obtained and their interpretations in the form of presentations and synthetic reports.
He/she is a potential interlocutor between those involved in fundamental research and those involved in technological development.


The first year of the Master's program in Lille (semesters 1 and 2, 30 ECTS each) is a multi-disciplinary course designed to provide students with a solid scientific foundation in physics before they embark on a specialized second-year course. The second semester includes a long-term internship in a company or laboratory (abroad).

The first year offers two courses in Lille:  

  • The Fundamental Physics pathway is recommended if you want to go on to one of the research specialties in the second year, to continue with your thesis. It is also open to all professional Master 2 courses.  
    The Applied Physics pathway is designed for students whose aim is to follow a professional Master 2 pathway.

As well as an Erasmus Mundus program at the University of Pisa (Italy) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain)  

  • The BIOPHAM pathway is designed for students wishing to pursue a Master 2 BIOPHAM degree in materials science and its application to pharmaceuticals.

It includes preparation for the agrégation competitive examination and seven courses, each with one or more options:

  • Condensed Matter Option
  • Dilute Matter and Spectroscopy option
  • Atmospheric Science option
  • Laser engineering and applications option
  • ​​​​​​​Option: Photonics, quantum optics, complex systems
  • Professional sector
  • Professional sector

(Filière Recherche et Professionnelle, ang.)

  • Option matière condensée & biopharmaceutique : modélisation et simulation
  • Option matière condensée & biopharmaceutique : techniques expérimentales avancées
  • Professional course, in association with the Lille School of Journalism
  • Professional sector

The aim of this program is to train future agrégée physics teachers for secondary schools (mainly high schools). Graduates may be called upon to work in higher education as teachers of preparatory classes, but also as associate professors (PRAG) in universities, university institutes of technology (IUT) or engineering schools.

The professional integration rate is very good, at around 90%, with a wide range of jobs depending on the course followed. Research-oriented students generally go on to complete a thesis in an academic laboratory (University, CNRS) or an industrial laboratory (CEA, ONERA, EDF, Safran, Amplitude...).
Doctors can of course go on to pursue research and/or teaching in the academic sector, but they are also a key resource for companies.

Students in the Professional programs can easily find a job in their chosen field of specialization, covering a wide range of positions such as :  

  • R&D engineer/manager, design and innovation engineer  
  • Quality manager, technical sales representative, sales manager, product manager 
  • Consultant/expert in innovation, strategic intelligence and foresight,  
  • Scientific journalist, scientific communication manager

Admission & Scholarships

For M2

Access to Master 2 is automatic for students who have completed the corresponding Master 1 at the University of Lille.
Candidates coming from another field, from another course in the field or from another higher education institution must apply for integration in accordance with the following procedures:

Training open to recruitment: Yes

Open to recruitment through Etudes en France : No

Capacity: 24 places

Modern languages taught: No

Recruitment campaign:

  • From 03/05 to 14/06/2023,
  • 2nd campaign from 28/08 to 11/09/2023,
  • Continuing education from 03/05 to 14/06/2023.

Submit your application on the Université de Lille's Ecandidat platform

File examination procedures based on the following documents:
Application letter outlining professional and personal research project.
Master 1 transcripts (which may be supplemented if necessary with detailed UE programs).

Expectations: Where applicable, proof of M2 degree or equivalent or higher (thesis, engineering degree).