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Choice of courses and validating the Master 1

The M1 year includes an obligatory core programme, as well as optional courses. Validation of the first year is not the only precondition for pursuing a second year of the Master's in Physics & Chemistry.

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M1 programme

  • The M1 year is divided into two semesters (S1 and S2), from September to the end of December and from mid-January to the end of July. The 12-week research placement is carried out at the end of the second semester, from May to July.
  • Two programmes are offered: the "Chemistry Major" and the "Physics Major". For each Major, the programme comprises "core list" courses and optional courses. In addition, each student must attend the Wednesday seminars.
  • Most of the "core list" courses are offered during the first semester. Certain "core list" courses are also available during the second semester.

Personalizing your second semester programme

During the second semester, students can choose from among the following:

  • A wide range of local options.
  • The "Physics, Chemistry & Biology" (PCB) course programme, which offers a coherent mix of courses for students who would like to pursue the confluence of these three disciplines. These courses are taught in English and can also be taken individually as optional courses.
  • A semester abroad, an extended research placement (6 months) or complementary training in another scientific discipline (subject to approval by the programme directors).


Validating the M1

  • 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 "Science, Technology and Health" M1 in "Physics & Chemistry", with a specialization in either Physics or Chemistry (depending on their Major), from the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.


Pursuing an M2 in Physics & Chemistry

To be admitted into the second year of the Physics & Chemistry Master's programme upon completion of the Physics & Chemistry M1, 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: Experimental Chemistry or Experimental Physics (depending on the Major), the research placement and the two English modules. The English 2 UE is not obligatory within the PCB programme or in the event of a second semester carried out abroad.
  • A minimum of 25 ECTS credits via validation of "core list" UEs.

The above criteria allow students to apply for the various M2 course programmes following completion of the M1 in Physics & Chemistry. For each course programme, a committee examines all dossiers and decides admission into the M2.



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École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
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