Program M2 at École polytechnique (2020-2021)
This program holds for the academic year 2020-2021.
(The program for 2019-2020 is still available here).
All courses will be taught in English.
Semester 1 (at least 30 ECTS)
Mandatory courses for students who have not followed the course during the M1:
Optional courses to be chosen in the following set:
Cosmology (4 ECTS)
Quantum field theory 3 (4 ECTS)
Hadron collider physics (4 ECTS)
Neutrino physics (4 ECTS)
Astroparticles and astrophysics (4 ECTS)
Aspects of Beyond the Standard Model physics (4 ECTS)
Physics of future lepton colliders (2 ECTS)
Gravitational waves (2 ECTS)
Students are free to construct their program according to their interests, but must comply with the following constraints:
- all students must have followed the 5 first courses above either as part of their M1 or as part of their M2;
- students who are not involved in the joint master (i.e. who did not take the M1 courses at ETH Zürich) must comply with the rules governing Master's studies at IP Paris, which require the validation of at least 60 ECTS per year, well-balanced between the two semesters. This rule is replaced by the following more flexible one for the students of the joint master (and only for them): 120 ECTS must be validated over the two years; among them, at least 55 must be validated in each institution.
Programs built with courses that sum up to more than 30 ECTS are also possible (and encouraged). In that case, only exams among the optional courses with the best grades will be taken into account.
Semester 2 (at least 30 ECTS)
String theory (3 ECTS)
Master's thesis (30 ECTS)
The Master's thesis will allow students to conduct research on their own, in a well structured way and on an advanced level. The topic of the Master thesis will be in the domain of High Energy Physics. It will last for 4 to 5 months depending on the optional courses taken.