PHYS-644 / 2 credits

Teacher(s): Various lecturers, Lingenfelder Magalí Alejandra

Language: English

Remark: Next time: Fall


Every year


This course gives a comprehensive view of the main research topics being explored in the different sections of Physics, and the highlights from EPFL beyond the specific topic of each PhD. The students are guided through the topics starting from the basics to the highlights of each section.



The course is intended to run each semester fall, rotating speakers.


physics, condensed matter, biophysics, astrophysics, quantum science, particle physics, plasma physics

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

General background in Physics at the Master level (3rd year)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Interpret topics of current research in Physics by learning about the latest developments directly from the researchers shaping their respective fields
  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of the main physics research topics being explored at EPFL, beyond the specific topic of their PhD
  • Communicate with professionals from different sections of Physics
  • Identify synergies and foster “bottom-up” collaborations across different fields
  • Identify complementary skills that could strengthen the interaction and creativity of their own PhD research

Expected student activities





research papers from each group presenting during the current semester

In the programs

  • Number of places: 30
  • Exam form: Oral (session free)
  • Subject examined: Lecture series on advances in Physics
  • Lecture: 28 Hour(s)

Reference week