The CMLM education program
Complex MatterLiving Matter
Studying, understanding and modeling the soft matter and physical properties of living systems.

A Master degree in biophysics and fluid dynamics

at large scale facilities

The Master « Complex Matter – Living Matter » offers an education for future experimental physicists specialised in soft matter (glasses, complex fluids, etc.) and living matter (proteins, whole cells, etc.). The high quality program offers an opportunity to acquire expertise in fundamental physics requesting broad background knowledge. The Master is oriented towards fundamental research in preparation for a PhD thesis. It also emphasises the pursuance of an international career, indeed the second year of the Master is taught in English.


How to


You can directly apply through the online application portal (e-candidat) by clicking on the link below, if you fulfil one of the following scenarios :

  • You have a Bachelor degree from the UGA (Université Grenoble Alpes),
  • You have a Bachelor degree from another French University or
  • You were enrolled in a foreign higher educational institution which is not part of the « Campus France » program (see below) for at least three university years.

The Complex Matter Living Matter (CMLM) master program will be attached to the mention Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies in 2021. Students applying for the M1 and who wish apply for this M2 program in 2021 should then rather apply for the Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies M1 program (Nanosoft or Nanobio).


If you need any further explanations, feel free to contact the respective program directors or to consult the institutional website of the UGA.

Alternatively, if you have attended your undergraduate studies in a higher educational institution in the following countries : Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, South Korea, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, United States, Gabon, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mauritania, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey or Vietnam, you have to apply on the « portail d’études en France ».

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A specialised or

bi-disciplinary program

Courses in living systems, physics, complex matter, phase transitions and optics of the CMLM program will make you qualify as a biophysicist and/or a professional for soft matter. Details of each of these courses are available on our corporate website.

If you aim for a more versatile and  theoretical transversal profile, you can substitute all or part of the last 4 UEs of semester 3 by an equivalent number of courses chosen in another program. 


Your first

Research project

During the last semester of the Master program students are required to follow a training period of at least 4 months in a French or international research laboratory. This internship opportunity allows you to carry out a first research project and may serve as an introduction to your future thesis. The University of Grenoble works with local laboratories to offer you the best internship opportunities available. Every year many offers are published for innovative and exciting projects with teams of qualified professionals and in privileged environments. We invite you to consult the websites of some of our partners available below:

Where to

find us

The courses of the CMLM education program are divided between the two campuses of Grenoble:

The scientific polygone (Le polygone scientifique):
21 Avenue des Martyrs,
38000 Grenoble

And the campus of the University:
UFR Phitem, bâtiment A
621 avenue Centrale
38400 Saint Martin d’Hères