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Master Systèmes complexes

To candidate to the program, please follow the instructions underneath.

The “Complex Systems” M2 master program, with emphasis on “Physics, Computer science and Complex Networks”, is organised by IXXI and the ENS of Lyon to provide an innovative training for students who are interested in the interdisciplinary research of complex networks and modeling of complex systems.

This program maintains a balance between different disciplines by combining courses from the fields of biology, computer science, mathematics, physics and sociology. Students from all of these disciplines are welcome to participate; the student will follow both the ”Complex Systems” program and part of their own M2: Computer Science, Physics, Bioscience or Mathematics (please contact the people responsible of the program for more details).

The inscriptions to the program has to be made by following the procedure of the ENS de Lyon webpage : Follow the online procedure for admission in Master et the ENS of Lyon (or the University of Lyon 1). For the ENS of Lyon, this is explained here in french (for student already in France) or here: admission at ENS de Lyon (in english) for others. Be attentive to the deadlines. Also, please contact Pierre Borgnat and Márton Karsai, the two people in charge this part of Master, so that we are aware of the application. 


The program puts a special focus on the theory and modelling of complex networks and provides special training in data-driven research. In the end of the program students will receive a degree supplement assigned in their original master degree. All courses are given in English (optionally in French) for 4 or 6 ECTS during the fall between September and February. For a successful validation the participating students are required to collect 30 ECTS during the first semester, and 30 ECTS for the second semester, from the following offer:

Mandatory courses

  • Introduction to Computer Science*  (C. Crespelle) - 28h + 8h TD, 6 ECTS (includes Epistemology of the modeling of complex systems, S. Franceschelli)
  • Introduction to Statistical Physics* (N. Garnier, B. Pascal) - 28h + 8h TD, 6 ECTS (includes Epistemology of the modeling of complex systems, S. Franceschelli)
  • Complex Networks (**CS CR 15 CS course), M. Karsai - 24h + 8h TD, 4 ECTS
  • Dynamical processes and networks, P. Borgnat, M. Karsai - 20h + 8h TD, 4 ECTS

* mandatory course for students who are not from the same discipline (and that cannot be validated fro students of the same discipline)

Research courses

Research Schools

  • Information, Statistical Physics and Computation (TBA) - 2.5 days (14h), 2 ECTS

** these courses are also included in the Computer Science Master Program (scheduled to complete by the end of January) and count as CS master courses for Computer Scienc students. Their theme is susctible to change each year.

Research Internship

The students have to follow a research internship of at leats 16 or 20 weeks, during the second semester and it will count as 18 or 30 ECTS (validated by a written report and an oral presentation).


For further details about the program please contact the responsible persons:

Example Schedule of 2015-2016

Beginning of first semester (lectures): 1st of Septembre 2015. End of 1st semester: January 2016. Second semester: lectures in February-March, then Research internship up to end of June of July 2016.

Download the pdf version of the schedule.


ENS Lyon provides different scholarship programs for international students:

For further details please visit the site of the international student office of ENS Lyon. ERASMUS students from universities with partnership agreement with ENS Lyon are welcome.

03/07/2018 Post-doctorate / DEADLINE 30th of September
05/04/2018 Professeur à l'École normale supérieure de Lyon et titulaire d'une chaire, Eric Fleury a pris ses fonctions à la tête du centre de recherche Inria Paris depuis le 1er avril 2018. Il remplace Isabelle Ryl devenue désormais directrice générale déléguée au transfert et aux partenariats industriels au sein de l'Institut.