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parcours International Master’s Degree in Wave Physics & Acoustics

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Crédits ECTS : 120 crédits

Public concerné : Formation initiale


This international Master's Degree in Wave Physics is a two-year graduate program offered by the Institut d’Acoustique-Graduate School (IA-GS), within Le Mans University, France. Opening in September 2019, this new program is devoted to international research training in Wave Physics with an emphasis on Acoustics. It is dedicated for high level students with diverse educational backgrounds (including e.g. Bachelor Degrees in physics, mechanical/ electrical engineering, material science and acoustics), who wish to pursue an international career in academia or in leading companies.

It is an international Master's program with an excellent scientific training, and a careful choice of state-of-the-art research lectures, in direct relation to the latest research findings of the international scientific community (e.g. topological acoustics, machine learning in acoustic emission, metamaterials…).

Funded by IA-GS, this program offers excellence scholarships, international mobility grants, dedicated students’ spaces (Fablab, reconfigurable work place, openlab...).

Advanced lectures on waves by international invited experts will also be delivered in the curriculum (gravitational waves, X-ray micro-tomography, solitons in Bose-Einstein condensates, metamaterials…).

  • Eric Maire, Research Director at CNRS, Laboratory MATEIS - INSA LYON - Université de Lyon, "Imaging of materials in 3D with waves (ultrasounds, X-rays and electrons): acquisition, processing and applications…".
  • Ping Sheng, Professor at Hong-Kong University of Science and Technology, "Wave Scattering, Localization and Mesoscopic Phenomena ».
  • David H. Shoemaker, Senior Research Scientist, MIT LIGO, Leader of the Advanced LIGO Project, "Gravitational waves and experiments for their detection at LIGO".
  • Dimitri Frantzeskakis, Prof. University of Athens, "Solitons in atomic Bose Einstein Condensates".
  • Panayotis Kevrekidis, Prof. University of Massachusetts, "Localized Structures in Nonlinear Discrete Media: applications in nonlinear optics and mechanical/electrical lattices".


  • Prepare international students to research in general Wave Physics
  • Offer high level lectures from international experts on a wide spectrum of topics in Wave Physics (e.g. gravitational waves, x-ray micro-tomography, nonlinear optics, …)
  • Acquire most research skills as identified by e.g. Vitae Researcher Development Framework
  • Learning through research projects in the lab as part of a research team of LAUM - (Laboratoire d’Acoustique de l’Université du Mans UMR CNRS 6613)

Les + de la formation


THE INSTITUTE             

Launched in September 2018, the Institut d’Acoustique-Graduate School (IA-GS) is a research and education unit focusing on a number of high-profile interdisciplinary challenges in the field of acoustics. It has been awarded the "Ecole Universitaire de Recherche" excellence label in 2017 by an international jury for its high level research laboratory LAUM and graduate program in acoustics. IA-GS is an international reference for research and education in the field of acoustics and wave propagation, with more than 150 research and academic staff and over 400 students in acoustics.  
THE  LAB                   
The laboratory, Laboratoire d’Acoustique de l’Université du Mans (LAUM) a joint unit of Le Mans Université and CNRS, is the heart of the IA-GS. With 165 staff in 2018 (CNRS researchers, Faculty members, technical and administrative staff, PhD candidates, post-doctoral students), LAUM is one of the largest laboratories on acoustics in Europe and worldwide.  


LAUM takes its strength and originality in a collaborative way of working, by completely sharing all facilities and the budget, thereby facilitating and amplifying the quality and diversity of the research, and the integration of new talented staff. In addition, the collaborations between LAUM members are made easier as 95% of the people work in a unified site with less than a 500m distance one building from the others. This configuration is very favorable to organize original and integrated program in close relation to the laboratory facilities and life, for optimal education through research. 


Our contributions to research in acoustics are oriented towards the physics of (acoustic) waves, from basic research to applications, with experimental and methodological developments that are fully oriented towards fine and original measurements of sound (digital holography, laser ultrasonics, electro-acoustics, …). This “all-in-one” positioning, from fundamental to applied research, covering a wide spectrum of topics and applications is the hallmark of LAUM.


Contenu de la formation


During the first month of G1 (first year of Master), LAUM research activities will be exposed in details to the students by the members of the teams. Different ambitious international research projects will be announced, the list of which is established and previously discussed in view of the scientific priorities of LAUM and the graduate school. Right after this orientation period, the students will start to participate to the scientific activities of the different groups relevant to the chosen topics and work in direct contact with PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, staff participating in the group current projects (i.e. a continuum of students, young researchers and experienced researcher will rally around the defined project). 

The Master program follows an education-through-research approach, in which the percentage of the research time is important and progressively increased over the 4 semesters (25% G1-S1, 50% G1-S2, 75% G2-S3 and 100% G2-S4). The practical work lectures are removed and replaced by research-connected laboratory time (fabrication of samples, contribution to an experimental setup using the Fablab, acoustic experiments, participation in current PhD and postdoctoral student’s projects with some tasks…). 



To guarantee the proper integration of the students and monitor their progress, each of them will benefit from a unique and individual supervision by a CNRS research scientist or a faculty member, recognized in his/her discipline, who will monitor the progress of the student and guide him/her in the construction of a personalized curriculum according to his/her scientific objectives and interests.  

At the end of each semester, the student will present a progress report and discuss his/her project with his/her supervisor. The selection of the mentor will be based on the background and the research interests of each student, and will be validated by the Graduate School Steering Committee.

Organisation de la formation

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  • Semestre 1 M Wave Physics and Acoustics
    • Physics of waves I (8.0 crédits ECTS)
    • Methods for waves I (8.0 crédits ECTS)
    • Physical Acoustics I (8.0 crédits ECTS)
    • Introduction to research I (6.0 crédits ECTS)
  • Semestre 2 M Wave Physics and Acoustics
    • Physics of waves II (6.0 crédits ECTS)
    • Methods for waves II (6.0 crédits ECTS)
    • Elastic wavesn vibration and introduction to nonlinear waves (8.0 crédits ECTS)
    • Introduction to research II (10.0 crédits ECTS)

Contrôle des connaissances

Modalité de contrôle des connaissances générales

Aménagements particuliers


  • For the total immersion of the Master level students in the laboratory, dedicated student spaces have been installed within the LAUM. They are equipped with whiteboards, reconfigurable desks, individual stations for co-working / seminar configuration, printers, projectors, lockers, sofas… These spots are contributing to the quality of student interactions, co-working, and emulation
  • A new Fablab for the students opened in 2019. It contains the dedicated equipment such as 3D printers, mechanical tools, a programmable milling machine, a laser cutter, CAO tools, some testing equipment (electronic, mechanical, acoustic)…  
  • LAUM boasts exceptional research experimental facilities, with anechoic rooms, laser vibrometers, microphone antennas, amplifiers, equipment at the cutting edge of technology… All accessible to students through their integration to the lab



Each academic year, 10 scholarships will be awarded to the best WPA students (5 in Master 1 and 5 in Master 2) by the IA-GS selection committee. The annual amount of the IA-GS scholarship is 5000€ per student and per academic year. The selection is based on academic excellence (overall Bachelor grade and scientific test grade), personal project and motivation. 



An important budget from IA-GS is allocated to fund student international mobility. As such, students will be offered the possibility to carry out internships abroad to the partners of our international network of more than 60 institutions comprising, e.g. KTH Stockholm, CALTECH, MIT, Harvard, Université de Sherbrooke, Nanjing University, Hong-Kong University of Science and Technology, Washington State University, University of California at San Diego, University of Campinas, Leuven University, University of Athens, University of Sidney, CPUT... 


Condition d'accès


To apply to this international Master program, a bachelor Degree is mandatory, in the following fields: physics, mechanical/ electrical engineering, material science, acoustics…

A selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the students on the basis of the Bachelor results, matching of the profile  with the Master’s program and motivation.

Application procedure

The online application platform is now opened.

Important information about the covid-19 situation: 

We have managed to adapt the lectures to online courses, in the case students are not able to attend, get a visa for September or e.g. need a quarantine. To this date, we expect no big problem for September, however, we are ready to organize a first semester with minimal student presence required. For any question, please contact iags @


Lieu(x) de la formation

  • Le Mans


Contact administratif
Institut d’Acoustique-Graduate School

Email : iags @

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