TP Nano

A formation through research

The Research Intensive Track of the master N2 is a 2-years track dedicated to formation through research. During the 2 years of the master,  students are part of a laboratory and pursue a research activity in parallel to their courses.

The training through research, performed under the supervision of a professor,  covers all aspects of leading a project.  In the fall semester of the 1st year students read and synthetize the scientific bibliography on their subject, define the elements of a novel approach, establish a research plan, and receive a training on specific theoretical, simulation or experimental tools appropriate for their research. They devote to this activity up to 2 days a week, and are evaluated through the writing of a research proposal (6 credits). The students then undertake their research project, first in parallel to the courses and then at full time up to the end of the academic first year. They are evaluated through a report and a defense, exposing their research implementation, their first results and perspectives (15 credits). During the 2nd year students continue their research project, in parallel to the courses during the fall semester and at full time from February (spring term). At the end of the 2nd year they are evaluated through the submission and defense of a Master Thesis (30 credits). They also may have the opportunity to write a part of a scientific article, and present/defend their results in a workshop of specialists of the field.

The RIT thus provides students with the opportunity to be immersed in a highly demanding scientific environment where the innovation of the future is in gestation. It also confers to students a first professional experience. As members of a laboratory or research institute, students take a full part to the life of the lab according to their time of presence, they follow the scientific seminars, have access to high-tech equipments after receiving the appropriate formations, comply to the security regulations, and take their part of the collective tasks.

Admission requirements

In the first year of the Research Intensive Track, students take less classical courses than in the standard track (see 1st year). The RIT is thus fully appropriate to students having completed a 4-years Bachelor's of Science, or students having followed the first year of a master in another discipline and wishing to re-orient towards one field of nanosciences. But 3-year's Bachelors who have particularly good academic results can also be admitted to the RIT.

In order to be definitively admitted to the RIT students have also to find their hosting research team. Some RIT offers can be found here. Student can also contact directly research teams offering M2 research projects (see here).


In the 1st year students choose their courses, (24 credits in the Fall term, and 15 credits in the Spring term) under the guidance of their Director of Studies. They always follow the courses required to join the 2nd year of their choice. In the 2nd year students follow one of the M2 Nanophysics, Nanochemistry, Nanobiosciences, or Soft Matter.