Graduate School Program Soft Nano

The Graduate School thematic program Soft-Nanosciences gathers 15 research labs and 6 master programs in the fields of soft matter, biophysics, chemistry and applied mechanics, to set up an innovative research-driven curriculum.

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Nanoscience has become a multidisciplinary field where soft materials are of immense interest. The self-driven organization of materials from the molecular scale into complex assemblies ensuring smart functionalities, opens a promising route toward new applications in the field of biotechnology, environment and energy. The capture of CO2 by nanoporous materials, new devices based on the physics of membranes for harvesting blue energy,  are future applications that already pose fascinating interdisciplinary questions at the cross-roads of fundamental physics, chemistry and fluid mechanics,  to scientists today.

The graduate school program Soft Nanosciences builds on the Master's listed below,  where you should be enrolled first. In addition  to the Master's curricula, the Graduate School program offers a selective training of excellence through research. Our program covers the wide spectrum of soft nanosciences. Top-level students engage in PhD-track master studies with the strong and continuous support of research teams along the following lines:
•    Every master student belongs to a laboratory and performs a 2-year long research work under the guidance of a research director.
•    International positioning: international recruitment forum at the Bachelor's level, all courses in English, participation to the European school ESONN included in the master curriculum
•    PhD students benefit of an additional teaching mission ; they contribute to the networking of the program.


Student enter the Graduate School as 1st year master students  in one of the 4 majors covered by the program (see First Year Majors below).  They also integrate a research team affiliated to the program. In parallel to the compulsory courses of their respective master, student undertake their research project related to soft and complex matter at the nanoscale. They validate the Soft Nanoscience Thematic Program modules:
Research Methodology 6 ECTS, 1st year 1st semester
Graduate School Soft Nano internship 12 ECTS, 1st year 2nd semester (*)
European School in Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies (ESONN part B) 6 ECTS, 2nd year 1st semester
A significant amount of time is devoted to the research credits (from 2 days a week to full time). As a consequence students in the Soft Nanosciences Graduate School program take less elective courses than in the standard master curriculum. As intern in a research team they receive an internship stipend.
Research project offers
(*) students performing their semester abroad or Phelma students do not take this course
At the end of the 2nd year, students obtain a master degree in one of the 6 specialities Nanobiotechnologies, Nanochemistry, Soft Nanosciences, Nanomedecine, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Polymers for Advanced Technologies. They can pursue in PhD in the Doctoral School of PhysicsChemistry and Life Sciences, or IMEP2 (Industrial, Materials, Mechanics, and Process Engineering) of the UGA, or they can choose to quite the Graduate School at the level of the Master and pursue a professional life and/or a PhD in another university or abroad.

 Training through and for research

A first professional experience

The Graduate School program Soft Nanoscience 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 gives students a first professional experience. From the beginning of their master, students become a member of a laboratory or research institute, take a full part to the life of the lab according to their time of presence, have access to high-tech facilities after having received appropriate training, comply with safety regulations, and assume their share of collective tasks. They also follow the scientific seminars, getting opportunities to take contacts for continuing in PhD.

During their research internship students receive a stipend whose amount is set by the French law.

A formation for research

The training through research covers all aspects of leading a project.  In the fall semester of the 1st year students are trained to write and to defend a research proposal. They devote to this activity up to 2 days a week, confronting their progress with other students in regular meeting of all the group (Research Methodology, 6 credits).

Student then develop their research project during the three subsequent semesters, in parallel to the courses, or at full time. At the end of the first year (Graduate School Soft Nano internship, 12 credits) they are evaluated through the realization and defense of a poster, to be presented at the poster session of the ESONN school. At the end of the 2nd year they are evaluated through the submission and defense of a Master Thesis (30 credits). Having performed a significant research work, they may have the opportunity to write a scientific article or present their results in a workshop of specialists of their field. They are fully prepared to continue in PhD or in a carrier of research and development.

International networking

Taking part to the European School in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies at the very beginning of the 2nd year, students meet international professors, PhD students, and junior scientists. In addition to being trained in the leading-edge research on nanostructures, nano-objects and nano-machines, they present a poster on their master research activity, and they get an opportunity to start international professional networking in their domain.
Published on  January 29, 2021
Updated on June 1, 2022