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Choice of courses and validating the Licence 3

The L3 year includes an obligatory core programme, as well as optional courses. Validation of the Licence is not the only precondition for pursuing a Master's in Physics & Chemistry.

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The L3 core coursework programme

  • The L3 year is divided into two semesters (S5 and S6), from September to mid-January and from the end of January to the end of July. The 8-week research placement is carried out at the end of the second semester, from June to July.
  • Two programmes are offered: the "Chemistry Major" and the "Physics Major". For each Major, all students must follow the programme comprising obligatory courses and "core list" courses. In addition, each student must prepare at least two options for the year and follow the Wednesday seminars.


Personalizing your academic programme to go further, starting the L3 year

 Students are encouraged not to limit themselves to the minimum programme above, which leaves room for a personalized academic programme (subject to approval by the L3 directors), including:

  • "Counter-option" courses (physics courses for the Chemistry Major and vice versa), which will allow for an increased number of courses available during the Master's.
  • A Multidisciplinary programme, thanks to courses in other scientific disciplines (mathematics, computing, biology, geology, etc.) or in the arts and social sciences.
  • Certain Master 1 courses made available starting the L3 year: during the first semester, "Continuum Mechanics" allows students to access a few optional M1 courses during the second semester. These courses - taken and validated in advance - will later complement the Master's coursework programme.
  • For the Physics Major, an "accelerated degree course" with an intensive, two-year L3-Master programme.


Validating the L3

  • The Physics & Chemistry programme is divided into modules: each UE (unité d'enseignement or "study unit") is subject to evaluation. Each validated module earns the student a certain number of ECTS credits.
  • Students must validate their UEs so as to obtain a minimum of 60 ECTS credits. They thereby obtain a Licence Degree in Science, Technology and Health, with a specialization in Physics or Chemistry (depending on their Major), within the Physics & Chemistry training programme of the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1.


Pursuing an M1

To be admitted into the Physics & Chemistry Master's programme following completion of the Physics & Chemistry L3, the following requirements apply:

  • A minimum of 60 ECTS credits, "without compensation" among the various modules (in other words, only with marks of 10 or more out of 20).
  • The validation of the following obligatory modules: the research placement and the two English modules.
  • The validation of the minimum number of ECTS credits in the "core list" (not including obligatory modules and options): 40 ECTS for the Chemistry Major and 42 ECTS for the Physics Major.
  • The validation of two options.


Physics and Chemistry Departments Office, ENS Lyon

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
46 Allée d'Italie
69364 LYON cedex 07

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