Degree information

A major strength of the Microfluidics M.Sc. 2 degree is that the curriculum of each student is strongly individualized. Students have to follow a set of mandatory courses, spanning from all relevant areas involving microfluidics, and will choose 2 to 3 specialised courses that fit their specific interests. In total, students will complete 30 ECTS of courses.
The Microfluidics degree is committed to deliver a high-level technological training to the students, that will be achieved through a set of lab classes taking place on the technological platform of IPGG, the conduction of a Master’s project and ultimately culminating in a Master’s thesis.

The overall content of the Microfluidics degree is equal to 60 ECTS, from beginning of september to the end or june or july.

Courses topics summary

Refresher courses

In physics, chemistry or biology, to help students coming from diverse backgrounds to be up-to-date with the disciplinary requirements of the degree.

Basic courses (mandatory)

These courses represent 60-70% of the full courses curriculum. They aim at giving the opportunity to each student, whatever his previous background, to have a 360° view on the field, from the fundamental concepts to the applications.

Technology Micro and nano fabrication techniques : Silicon, PDMS, plastics and flexible electronics
Surface functionalization with molecules and biomolecules : dry and wet methods
Characterisation techniques : Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Rheology, Single molecule measurements and imaging
Physics Hydrodynamics and transport at the microscale, nanofluidics
Capillarity and wetting phenomena, soft matter and interfaces physics
Lab on a chip Continuous Flow and Segmented Flow Chemistry
Bioassays, analytical microdevices
Biology and Biochemistry Droplet-based biochemistry and single cell analysis
Single cell and collective cell behaviours in and on micro fabricated devices
Organ-on-chips

Advanced courses (elective)

These courses, and many others, represent 30% of the full curriculum. Students can choose 2 or 3 of them after discussion with their advisor or mentor.

Advanced Hydrodynamics and nanofluidics Machine Learning
Advanced Statistical Mechanics Medical Imaging
Advanced flow chemistry Statistics and data science
Analytical chemistry Biophysics
Measurements and physics etc.
Synthetic biology

Technical and technological training

At the beginning of the Microfluidics degree, students take part to a strong technological training in microfluidic devices design, fabrication and handling.

Research project

During the first semester, students joining the Microfluidics degree will be hosted in one of the IPGG laboratories [list here] and achieve a short time research project under the supervision of a mentor.

Masters thesis and internship

During the second semester, the fellow students will achieve their Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) in the lab or the company of their choice, on a research topic that suits their scientific or professional aspirations. Research internships last for 5 to 6 months, in France or abroad, and the Master’s thesis is defended in front of a committee at the beginning of the summer.

Ouverture to innovation and innovation strategies

The Microfluidics degree takes place in an exceptional,  world-renown neighbourhood in terms of technological start-up companies created and issuing from directly from the laboratories associated to the IPGG. With the help of the PC’Up start-up incubator and the Tremplin Carnot IPGG TT office, regular meet-ups with start-up companies and industrial partners are organised throughout the year.