CENTURI Master’s degree in Physics

Complex Systems & Living Systems Programme

The Complex Systems & Living Systems (CSLS) program is a study track for the Master’s degree in Fundamental and Applied Physics of Aix-Marseille University. It aims at teaching complexity and physics for living systems to students with a background in general physics.

Location: Marseille, France

Duration: 2 years

Entry level: Bachelor in Physics. Students who already validated the first year of a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics can apply directly to the second year. Ideally, such students should have had classes in Statistical Physics, Non-Linear Physics, Fluid Mechanics and Continuum Mechanics.


  • Pierre Recouvreux (pierre.recouvreux@univ-amu.fr)
  • Mathieu Génois (mathieu.genois@univ-amu.fr)


The CSLS courses are designed to introduce students to interdisciplinarity. Through the courses, students will be taught important concepts to apprehend modern and fundamental questions on the physics of complex systems and living systems. The programme introduces and reinforces training in dynamical systems, complex fluids, complex networks, soft matter, and active matter.

In parallel with theoretical training, students will study and conduct projects alongside physicists,  biologists, mathematicians and computer scientists in labs from the complex systems community in Marseille or in labs from the CENTURI community. Students will be invited to join our labs during their internships to further their experience in interdisciplinarity.

What for?

The CSLS track is part of the Master’s degree “Fundamental and Applied Physics” offered by Aix-Marseille University (see: https://sciences.univ-amu.fr/fr/formation/masters/master-physique/parcours-physique#section-14572 to know more about the Master’s options). With this diploma, graduates are expected to be qualified to apply to our PhD programs, join international research institutes, or join in the R&D department in private companies.

Courses organisation

Specific lectures will be given to complement a general physics curriculum over the 2-years program.


Primary contacts:

Pierre Recouvreux pierre.recouvreux@univ-amu.fr

Mathieu Génois mathieu.genois@univ-amu.fr