Department of Physics

« Apprehend and understand the phenomena of physics at the origin of innovation »

The Department receives students who wish to follow the Photonics and the Physics & Modeling majors, as well as a new curriculum in Quantum Sciences
and Technologies, of the General Engineering degree program, each of which can be associated with a specific Master's degree with the possibility of a PhD.

Offering a solid knowledge foundation through high-quality theoretical training (quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, radiation and image, etc.) and advanced practical work (laser construction, superconductivity, holography, OLED manufacturing, etc.), this department enables the discovery of the Physics, Photonics and Quantum Sciences behind the innovation and the understanding of phenomena ranging from the macroscopic to the nanometric scale.

The rise of technologies from the quantum world is currently transforming a large number of industrial sectors, particularly in the field of telecommunications, metrology, and information processing. To face these challenges, a new profile of quantum engineer is emerging. These engineers must combine a detailed knowledge of quantum phenomena and a solid education in general engineering including physics, computer science, mathematics and their applications in the world of industry.

To train them, Télécom Physique Strasbourg has set up a chair in Quantum Sciences and Technologies, backed by the European Center for Quantum Science (CESQ) attached to the Institute of Supramolecular Science and Engineering (ISIS). A new track in Quantum Science and Technologies is being set up within the department: the first courses will start from September 2023, and the first class will graduate in September 2025!

The Department of Physics includes three specialization tracks in the third year:


Physics and Modeling

Quantum Sciences and Technologies (opening september 2023)

These tracks depend on the majors of the second year and each can be associated with a specific Master's degree with the possibility of a PhD.


The Engineering students of the Photonics track already master the techniques of emission, propagation and detection of light, particularly laser light. They develop further skills in CAD and signal analysis, thus enabling them to design and characterize photonic systems.

Physics and Modeling

The aim of this major is to train Engineers in the broad field of Physics, on the one hand, and in the simulation tools required for multiphysics modeling, on the other hand. It provides additional skills to the General Engineering degree program through high-level research-based training provided by research institutes in Strasbourg (IPHC, IPCMS, ICS, ISIS, IGBMC, l'Observatoire de
Strasbourg, ICube).

This track offers a specialization in one of the five fields of Physics covered in the Master's degree of the University of Strasbourg:

Quantum Sciences and Technologies

This option aims to train future engineers in the sciences and technologies of the quantum world. This new high-tech frontier is currently transforming many fields ranging from telecommunications to astronomy, and from information processing to artificial intelligence. With these transformations appear new industrial sectors requiring the expertise of engineers highly qualified and educated in the quantum world.

This track offers rigorous training in the fundamentals of modern quantum physics, as well as in the resulting technological and industrial issues. The training is based on a set of courses, practical work and projects, supervised by public and private actors of Quantum Sciences and Technologies (European Center for Quantum Sciences, NTT Research Inc., ...).

The second year courses lead to a specialization in the third year covered by the new European Master’s degree in Quantun Sciences and Technologies of the University of Strasbourg.


The three tracks lead to R&D careers and fundamental research.

Research organizations: CNRS, CEA, CHU, ESO, ONERA, CNES, CERN

Intellectual Property Office: European Patent Office

Companies: Areva, Thalès, Radiall, Carl Zeiss, EADS, GE Healthcare, SAGEM (SAFRAN Group), STMicroelectronics, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Daimler AG, Optis, C2 Diagnostics, OCE–Industrie, Edmund Optics Ltd, Corning Japan, Essilor, Keopsys, Heptagon OY, Alcatel-Lucent, IWKA, Dalim Software, etc.