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Programme du M2 à l'École polytechnique (2015-2016)

Ce programme vaut pour l'année académique 2015-2016.
Tous les cours sont enseignés en anglais: c'est pourquoi le reste de la page est en anglais.


Semester 1 (at least 30 ECTS)

Mandatory lectures for all students:

The Standard Model - electroweak and strong interactions (8 ECTS)
Methods of statistical analysis and simulation, experiments and detector physics (8 ECTS)
Advanced quantum field theory (8 ECTS)

Optional courses between the following choices:

Cosmology (3 ECTS)
Supersymmetry (3 ECTS)
Hadron collider physics (3 ECTS)
Flavor Physics (Neutrinos and Quarks) (3 ECTS)
Astroparticles and astrophysics (3 ECTS)

A possible choice of options could be:
Option 1: Cosmology + Supersymmetry provides a solid introduction to current topics in theoretical physics. 
Option 2: Hadron collider physics + Flavor physics or Astroparticles or Supersymmetry covers most theoretical and experimental particle physics.
Option 3: Cosmology + Astrophysics covers the theoretical and experimental challenges related to the physics at large scale.

Students can construct other programs that suit their interests after consultations with the academic board. Options built with more than 2 optional courses are also possible (and encouraged). In that case, only exams among the optional courses with the best grades will be taken into account for the ranking of students.


Semester 2 (at least 30 ECTS)

Optional courses between the following choices:

String theory (3 ECTS) (recommended for Option 1)
Physics of future lepton colliders (2 ECTS) (recommended for Option 2)
Aspects of Beyond the Standard Model physics (2 ECTS) (recommended for Option 1)

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.