Quantum, Light, Materials, and Nano Sciences, Master | Institut Polytechnique de Paris | Palaiseau, France
24 months
3770 EUR/year
243 EUR/year
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The Quantum, Light, Materials, and Nano Sciences Master’s program aims to provide students with comprehensive training in quantum and nano sciences within three distinct paths : 1/ Light and Dilute Matter ;2/ Condensed Matter, Materials, and Interfaces ; 3/ Nanodevices and Technologies. 

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The Quantum, Light, Materials, and Nano Sciences Master’s program aims to provide students with comprehensive training in quantum and nano sciences within three distinct paths.

Light and Dilute Matter (path 1)

This path is for students interested in quantum technologies, quantum optics, atomic and molecular physics, light-matter interactions, and lasers.

Condensed Matter, Materials, and Interfaces (path 2)

This path addresses the electronic and structural properties of solid-state matter, and its interfaces with dilute matter, nanotechnologies, and materials chemistry.

Nanodevices and Technologies (path 3)

This path focuses on the fundamental and technological aspects of physical objects at the nanoscale.

The Master’s program curriculum is supported by the laboratories of Institut Polytechnique de Paris and University Paris-Saclay dedicated to all the aspects of covered by the various paths. The program comprises courses, lab work, and an internship that can be completed at one of the top laboratories of the partner institutions.

The first year dedicated to the fundamentals in Physics is divided into four majors:

Major HEP: High Energy Physics Major LOM: Laser, Optics, Light-Matter Interactions Major CMP: Condensed Matter Physics Major QT: Quantum Technologies

Students interested early on by research are advised to apply for a PhD Track in this field (combined Master and PhD). It enables a personalized master program, early immersion in research labs and a progressive development of the thesis studies. 


Students who graduate from this Master are equipped to:

  • Pursue a PhD (75% of students)
  • Build a career in Research and Development in industry e.g. laser development, optical instrument design, image processing, security, microelectronics, telecommunications, optical materials, large instruments or optoelectronic components and systems 

Programme Structure


  • Acquire solid knowledge in the major fields of quantum physics, photons, atoms and molecules, condensed matter and materials, light-matter interaction and the properties of nanodevices.
  • Learn about fundamental theoretical and experimental aspects, as well as technological applications.
  • Build a strong foundation to follow more specific elective courses (Jan-Feb) for a major in light and matter, condensed matter or nanotechnologies.
  • Gain research experience through an a mandatory 4-month internship in a top laboratory of the Plateau de Saclay where many renowned research centers are located close to the Institute.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Partially taught in English, Partially taught in French


120 ECTS
  • Year 1: 60 ECTS
  • Year 2: 60 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Year 1:

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science in physics in France or abroad.
  • Language: French or English

Year 2

  • Completion of the first year of a Master with highest honors at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad
  • Applicants must present a personal project coherent with the philosophy of the Physics by Research Master - applicants are advised to contact faculty members in their field of study well ahead of the application deadline with a statement on their scientific interests to coordinate their proposed study program
  • Due to the highly selective nature of the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to also apply to one of the topical Master tracks at Institut Polytechnique de Paris
  • English: B2 level

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3770 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 3770 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    243 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 243 EUR per year during 24 months.


Living costs for Palaiseau

640 - 950 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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