Research training realizations

An exceptionnal connection to research

A key educational concept of the master N2 program is the early immersion of each student in the high-quality research environment of the Grenoble area in nanosciences and nanotechnologies. This early immersion favors contacts with research institutes. More than 60 PhD positions are offered each year in the domains of nanosciences and nanotechnologies in the Grenoble area, either in academia, start-ups of high-tech industries

The standard curriculum includes a research internship of at least 8 weeks in the 1st year, and a research internship for the master thesis of at least 5 months full time in the 2nd year. In the Research Intensive Track, 10 months are devoted to the research project over the two years of the master program, leading to the completion of a significant research work.

In addition students are immersed in the research world through the cross-disciplinary Research Lab Training course of the 2nd year.  They study cases offered by research teams in various disciplines and get a broader view on the ongoing research in the domain of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. 

In order to be acquainted to most recent achievements and questions in the field of nanosciences, students can follow the Capita Selecta Lectures Series given by international scientists of top reputation in the field. The Lectures Series is organized and broadcasted for the Erasmus Mundus Master Nano to which master N2 is affiliated.

Master's thesis

The Master's thesis project is a personal research work on one or more problems relating to nanosciences or nanotechnology, performed during an internship of a minimum of 5 months in a research team. In the Research Intensive Track the master thesis starts the first year of the program, totalizing 10 months over the two years.  In practice you will work under the guidance of a thesis supervisor, in one of the numerous research institutes of the exceptional environment of the Grenoble area (see here). As a graduate student, you will be responsible for a specific sub-project in nanosciences, conduct an experimental measurement programme or a theoretical calculation. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with older PhD students, post-docs, full-position researchers and professors. Your research work will be evaluated at the end of each year by a written report and the public presentation of a Master’s Thesis.

The choice of your project will be done with the help of the master coordinator and the professors. In order to facilitate direct contact with the institutes and research teams, two days are made free of courses each year at the end of october, and research institutes organize visits for students during these two days.  The Research Training course is also an opportunity to get a broader view on the ongoing research and projects opportunities.

Read here for master's thesis subjects.

According to the French law, the research institute will pay you a "gratification" of 530€/month during your research internship, for a maximum duration of 6 months in a given school year.

Research Training

The Research Training is a trademark of Master N2. Each student spends 10 half-days in a research team. It gives the students the possibility to discover ongoing research in nanosciences not only in their specialization but also in the sister disciplines.

30 research institutes collaborate to this training, such as CEA-LETIInstitut Néel, The Interdisciplinary Physics Institute (LIPhy), INAC, Département de chimie moléculaire, Spintec, etc...

The Research Training is evaluated through a short written report followed by an oral examination combining a presentation of the subject at the blackboard followed by questions of a cross-disciplinary jury.


Master thesis presentation

At the Spring Workshop of the master EMM Nano the students present their research project to 1st and 2nd year students.