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Nanophysics and Mesoscopic Materials – Modelling and Applications programme is conducted in cooperation with the Le Mans University (France). Graduates receive a double diploma, which confirms the competency in understanding the physical processes in nano- and mesoscopic scale. The studies provide an in-depth knowledge in solid-state physics, nanotechnology, and molecular modelling.

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Full-time 2nd cycle studies in Physics: Nanophysics and Mesoscopic Materials, Modelling and Applications , has been conducted since the academic year 2007/2008 together with the Le Mans University (France); the programme lasts 4 semesters.

Polish-French studies are implemented based on the Agreement on International Academic Cooperation based on a jointly agreed study programme between partner universities completed with a double diploma: Master of Physics and Nanomaterials – the University of Le Mans; and Master of Physics: Nanophysics and Mesoscopic Materials, Modelling and Applications, the University of Silesia in Katowice .

The teaching process involves the staff of two partner universities, which conducts world-class scientific research on the synthesis and characterisation of physical properties of low-dimensional systems, including nanoparticles and magnetic nanocomposites, thin layers, carbon based nanomaterials and other nano-sized objects.

Master's students are intensively involved in conducted experimental work and numerical simulations of low-dimensional objects, and the results of their work are often published in international cooperation between the Institute of Physics of the University of Silesia and the University of Le Mans.

The prerequisite for obtaining a double diploma is the completion of the Internship module at the partner university in the 4th semester (210 hours). For completing the Internship the student receives 30 ECTS points. While in France, the student, as part of his/her master's thesis, conducts research on a selected topic under the guidance of the scientific supervisor from France (University of Le Mans) and Poland (University of Silesia).

Additionally, in the 2nd semester, students have the opportunity to pass the Laboratory module training at the University of Le Mans. During the course, students learn the research techniques of nano- and mesoscopic materials available in both partner units.

Master's thesis is prepared by students in English. Similarly, the defence and the MA examination is carried out in the same language by the joint Polish-French commission.

Internships are carried out by the students thanks to financial support from, e.g. the French Embassy in Poland and European funds (Erasmus + the programme).

Programme Structure

The programme consists of 4 semesters. Students are required to complete each of the designated courses within every semester. The courses contain lectures, laboratories, discussion and practical classes, and an internship. Detailed information might be found at:


The program is closely related to the A. Chełkowski Institute of Physics' scientific activities. Students will be involved in a research-level project as part of their dissertation. The study program and scientific research will be carried out at the Chorzow campus of the University of Silesia (Poland) and at the Le Mans University (France). During the studies the student is accustomed to constantly broaden his knowledge and to put it into practice. Graduates are prepared to work, e.g. in a laboratory environment in the industry, science and education institutions, and as a science journalist.


Graduates are educated extensively about physical processes occurring in nano- or mesoscopic objects, have professional knowledge of solid-state physics, modern materials with industrial applications. Thanks to the dual study programme conducted with the Le Mans University (France), graduates are well prepared to work in innovative nanotechnology companies highly demanded in the labour market.


Majority of lectures focused on materials properties, advanced experiments, computations, and theoretical considerations to describe behaviour of nano- and meso-systems. The lectures include Solid-state physics, Nanophysics, Physics of magnetic materials, Spectroscopic techniques, Mathematical methods in physics, Computer simulations, Numerical modelling of solids.

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  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS

One ECTS credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work comprising classes organised by the University and individual work related to these classes. Points are the numerical value allocated to each module, proportional to the student's workload in obtaining credit for a given module.

Delivery mode: lectures, discussion classes, training classes, laboratories, internship


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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

For admittance may apply candidates who have obtained a diploma of higher education studies (1st cycle, 2nd cycle or long-cycle studies) in the following programmes: physics, medical physics, technical physics.

Qualification criterion in case of these studies is a diploma grade on the graduation diploma of Bachelor’s, Engineer’s or Master’s degree studies.

If the number of candidates exceeds the limit of vacancies, the order of acceptance will be determined by the place on the ranking list created on the basis of the grade on the diploma of completion of studies.

Candidates are obliged to submit the relevant Medical certificate regarding lack of health counter-indications for the commencement of studies in the given programme.

Candidates need to confirm English language proficiency:

  • providing information that their previous education was delivered fully in English (e.g. a diploma),
  • providing a language certificate.

If a candidate is unable to confirm the proficiency in English, it can be verified by the University of Silesia.

Tuition Fee

  • No tuition fees for national students.
  • Tuition fees for international students to be announced.
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