This international Master's is a Graduate Program of the University of Bordeaux Graduate Research School. The program focuses on knowledge and innovation in light sciences and technologies and provides a multidisciplinary environment for first-class research and education.
Academic cooperation: The Master is operated along with the Institut d’Optique Graduate School (IOGS). Strong partnerships exist with:
Canada: Université Laval & Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
Germany: Abbe School of Photonics (FSU Jena)
Admission requirements: Candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or equivalent.
Program duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)
Language requirements: Program taught entirely in English, a B2 level (minimum) is required.
Level: Master of Science.
Fees and Scholarships:
Annual registration fees for all selected applicants are calculated according to the rules and regulations of the University of Bordeaux.
Scholarships of 750€ per month may be granted to selected applicants according to criteria of excellence.
The international Master in Light Sciences and Technologies (LIGHT S&T) is a Graduate Program of the University of Bordeaux Graduate Research School.
Selected within the French “Investments for the Future” program as an “Initiative of Excellence”, the program focuses on knowledge and innovation in light sciences and technologies, providing a multidisciplinary environment for first-class research and education. Students are offered cross-disciplinary training with a strong emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. The Graduate Program in Light Sciences and Technologies is an integrated, interdisciplinary program, provided by both academic and industrial experts.
The LIGHT S&T training program is structured around 4 complementary pillars:
Scientific courses, lectures, and practical training to acquire wide-ranging knowledge in the broad spectrum of light S&T.
Advanced practical sessions in laboratory courses along with an internship in an industrial or research-oriented institution.
Research-based training provides a strong skill set thanks to the interdisciplinary fields of research of the University of Bordeaux.
Transferable skills training (innovation and project management, entrepreneurship, market intelligence, business plan, communication, etc).
Semester 1 to 4: Content
Preparatory courses cover the fundamentals of modern optics, the structure of matter, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical physics, cell biology.
Core courses provide a comprehensive education in laser systems, light-matter interaction, photonics, materials properties.
Practicum courses introduce experimental techniques in optics, chemistry, and biophotonics.
Core and specialization courses.
Internship as practical training, preferably within the industrial sector and/or abroad.
Specialization and laboratory courses delivered in cutting edge infrastructures and facilities.
The fourth semester is dedicated to a Master's thesis carried out in an advanced research lab.
Please note: students benefit from individual tutorship throughout all four semesters.
Strengths of this Master's program?
An integrated, interdisciplinary program, provided by both academic and industrial experts.
A “hands-on”, cross-cutting, and immersive training in research laboratories and cutting-edge facilities.
International mobility opportunities and/or training within the industrial sector.
Double degree opportunity with the Institut d’Optique Graduate School.
Paid internship as of the first year of the Master's program.
Support provided by the International Master program within the Bordeaux “Initiative of Excellence” and the French National Research Agency.
After this Master's program?
After graduation, students are fully prepared to pursue doctoral studies and a career in research. They may also work as scientists or R&D engineers within the industrial field.
Doctoral studies in academic research or R&D engineering
Laser processing and 3D manufacturing
Sensors and multi-responsive detection systems
Smart and reconfigurable integrated photonics systems based on innovative hybrid nanotechnologies
Optical components and devices manufacturing
Innovative optical materials
Pharmaceutical companies (drug screening and testing)
Teaching, education, and dissemination of scientific knowledge
Linking public and private actors in research, development, and marketing
How to apply?
Documents necessary for the selection procedure:
Official transcripts, copies of all previous diplomas
Copy of passport (or ID card if European)
Cover letter and CV (in English)
Language test results (ECTS, TOIEC, IEL, etc.) or certificate of studies from an English speaking High School
If applying for a scholarship, two letters of recommendation are requested