MSc in Physics, Photonics & Nanotechnology (PPN)

General

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Program Description

The proposed master program aims at training students in fundamental, both theoretical and experimental, physics with applications in photonics, nanotechnology, and quantum technologies. This combination, innovative at the level of a master program, is well-aligned with priority investments in research at the European and international level, with thematic areas of the growing demand for highly trained students, able to embark on a doctoral program.

This two-year master program, fully taught in English for international students, is part of the Graduate School of Sciences of the University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC). It consists of both lessons and research project (3 months during the first year)/internship (5 months during the second year).

This training program will be based on the internationally highly recognized research activities of the underlying laboratories ICB, Dijon and FEMTO-ST, Besançon.

Program description

This two-year master program fully taught in English for international students, combines macroscopic with nano- and quantum-scale topics. The program aims at developing and improving students’ skills in fundamental optical physics, optical fiber communications, optoelectronics, laser technologies, ultrafast femtosecond optics, quantum information science, nanophotonics, nano-microscopy, and nano-biosciences. This combination, innovative at the level of a master program, is well-aligned with priority investments in research at the European and international level, and with thematic areas of the growing demand for highly trained students.

The master program is part of the Graduate School of Sciences of the University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC), Engineering and Innovation through Physical Sciences and High-technologies (EIPHI), which also includes a doctoral program in the same topics.

Almost half of the program is devoted to research project (3 months during the first year) & internship (5 months during the second year) in an international research team, leading to a master thesis aiming at the standards of a research article. This training program will be based on the internationally highly recognized research activities of the underlying laboratories ICB, Dijon, and FEMTO-ST, Besançon, both having high international visibility in photonics, quantum technologies, nanotechnology and Engineering Sciences with researchers of high reputation.

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars by international researchers (both from the ICB & FEMTO-ST laboratories and from international partner universities), class tutorials, practical training & research work in a laboratory, soft skills by professional coaches, technology and entrepreneurial courses by industrial partners, and French culture and language.

Future career prospects

Photonics is a very dynamic industrial sector in Europe and holds the potential for huge market growth. It has a substantial leverage effect on the European economy and workforce: 20-30% of the economy and 10% of the workforce depend on photonics, directly impacting around 30 million jobs.

This master program offers intensive educational activities based on research activities of photonics, including nanophotonics and quantum technologies. It focuses on fundamental & applied research mainly targetting Ph.D. programs, which will lead to recruitment in academia or in industry.

A need of master degree students in the field of photonics & nanotechnologies, including specialties in quantum technologies boosted by the European flagship in Quantum Technologies (launched in 2018), able to embark on a Ph.D. program both in academia & industry will strongly increase in a near future.

The master’s Alumni Office helps alumni keep in touch with each other and organizes alumni events.

Entry requirements

Students eligible to the master program PPN must have obtained a degree equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor of Science. Background knowledge in general physics, optics, electromagnetism, and quantum physics is mandatory. Candidates must have very good academic qualifications and very good practice of English.

During the first year, students have to pass the examinations associated with the Master 1 (60 ECTS credits) in order to proceed to the second year, Master 2 (60 ECTS), including a research project and master thesis (33 ECTS).

Application procedure

IMPORTANT:

  • All other applications should been made through the UBFC application portal from February 2020 to June 19th 2020 no matter if you are from a European country, a Campus France country, or any other country worldwide. Application should NOT be made on Campus France website since our university is not connected to Campus France platform. Candidates will be asked to upload the application form and supporting documents assembled in a unique PDF file. The electronic application form and the detailed list of supporting documents will be provided after first email contact (see above).

Once selected only :

  • students coming from a Campus France country : you will be required to make your visa application on the « Etudes en France » website following the 3rd option « I am accepted ». Download here the guide with the instructions for Campus France procedure to follow
  • students coming from any other country : you need to contact the closest French Embassy
  • non European student, living in a European country : you will need to contact the French Embassy located close to your place of residence.

Countries with a Campus France office :

Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Chad, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Guinea (Guinea-Conakry), Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam.

Grants

Many scholarships will be awarded each year to high-quality foreign students.

Site of the training

The two-year master program takes place at the University of Burgundy-Franche Comté, located in the scenic cities of Dijon & Besançon. The former capital city of the Duchy of Burgundy, Dijon is a medium-sized French city, where you can enjoy a vibrant and active cultural life, as well as quick getaways to the countryside and the world-famous neighboring vineyards of the so-called “Golden coast” (city center, climates of the Burgundy vineyard, and gastronomy listed as world heritage sites in Dijon by Unesco). Life in Dijon is very affordable and accommodation easily accessible. The city is well-equipped with a modern tramway and bus lines, making commuting between any place in Dijon and the University easy and convenient. Dijon is also the host of several top-level professional sports teams (football, basketball, handball, rugby, etc.), while also offering a large diversity of sports facilities.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a public university federating 7 Higher Education and Research (HER) Institutions operating in the Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (BFC) Region. Its strategic go ... Read More

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a public university federating 7 Higher Education and Research (HER) Institutions operating in the Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (BFC) Region. Its strategic goals are to foster Excellence and Internationalization of BFC Higher Education and Research; increase attractiveness for national & international Students, Professors & Researchers; develop Innovation, Transfer and socioeconomic Partnerships. Read less
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