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Master of Nanosciences



Seven education and research institutes in the Île-de-France Sud region united to offer a master’s degree in Nanosciences. As of September 2010, the Nanosciences Master's degree is a high-level education course that serves as a preparation for a career in nanotechnology and, more generally, emerging technologies:

  • Researcher and researcher-lecturer
  • Research and development engineer to meet future industry demands in "traditional" areas, but to also train engineers who can develop the use of these nanotechnologies in new areas. The companies involved are, for example, ST Microelectronics, EDF, Altran, Orange, Sagem, Thales and SMEs (processes, instrumentation, etc.).

This course clearly demonstrates its commitment to international participants:

  • An international course allows English-speaking students to integrate immediately into our educational structure.
  • In general, modules in English are provided for all streams.
  • A clearly declared partnership with various foreign institutes will be sought to support this.


The Nanosciences specialisation will offer a new and leading education course in the areas of fundamental physics, applied physics, chemistry and science, and information technology for a broad approach in the field of nanosciences. Students will learn about nanosciences, both conceptually and experimentally (methods of development and observation). Societal aspects will also be addressed, such as toxicity, environmental and political aspects. The course offers four streams:

  • Nanophysics
  • Nanotechnologies and nanodevices
  • Nanochemistry
  • International stream

The course will be based, in particular, on several of the highest quality technology platforms: University Technology Centre IEF/Minerve, the microfluidics platform at the IFR d'Alembert of ENS Cachan, the microscopy platform at the LPS [Physics of Solids Laboratory] and Paris-Sud 11 University, etc., and the many research laboratories at the Campus and Saclay Plateau.

At the end of this course, these laboratories (and of course many other national and international laboratories) offer thesis opportunities. Industrial companies also recruit doctoral students, particularly through CIFRE [French training through research] contracts.

Target students

The Nanosciences specialisation is aimed at students trained in fundamental physics, applied physics, electronics, materials, and chemistry sciences in the context of an M1, as well as students from French Grandes Ecoles (“Ivy League” schools) or Engineering schools. The structure of the specialisation allows students interested in physical concepts related to the final dimensions to develop first class theoretical skills. Students interested in applications may approach the nanosciences by studying nanodevices for various applications such as photonics, spintronics, nanoelectronics, nanosystems and nanobiosciences, digressing from physics towards technology. Chemistry students will approach nanosciences through various means ranging from studying surfaces with material synthesis or developing nanostructures and nanodevices.

National and international recruitment is a key target. Therefore an M1 in fundamental physics will be created in English between the Paris-Sud 11 University, IOGS [Optics Institute Graduate School] and the Polytechnique. An international course entirely in English will also be offered to non-French speaking students. Seventy students are expected next year.


This specialisation was developed with contributions from seven academic and research institutes.

  • Université Paris Sud 11 (UPS),
  • Institut d’Optique Graduate School (IOGS),
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENSC),
  • Ecole Centrale de Paris (ECP),
  • Supélec,
  • Ecole Polytechnique (X),
  • Université Versailles Saint-Quentin (UVSQ)

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