This international Master program focuses on knowledge and innovation in light sciences and technologies, providing a multidisciplinary environment for high-level research and education.

Program factsheet

  • 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)
    • South Korea: Yonsei University
    • Brazil: São Paulo State University (UNESP)
  • 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 may be granted to selected applicants according to the criteria of excellence.

Program outline

The international Master in Light Sciences and Technologies (LIGHT S&T) is part 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.

Program structure

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 at the University of Bordeaux.
  • Transferable skills training (innovation and project management, entrepreneurship, market intelligence, business plan, communication, etc).

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Semester 1 to 4: Content

Semester 1
  • 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.
Semester 2
  • Core and specialization courses.
  • Internship as practical training, preferably within the industrial sector and/or abroad.
Semester 3
  • Specialization and laboratory courses delivered in cutting edge infrastructures and facilities.
Semester 4
  • The fourth semester is dedicated to a Master 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. The Master is embedded in a cross-fertilizing research environment, adapted to future professions within photonic industries.
  • A cross-cutting and immersive training for students, thanks to the strong involvement of 15 research laboratories as well as industrial R&D centers.
  • A “hands-on” training approach that provides graduates with valuable professional attributes. Training is delivered in state of the art research facilities and infrastructures.
  • International mobility and/or training within the industrial sector.
  • Support provided by the International Masters 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.

  • Associated business sectors:
    • Light sources
    • 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)
    • Bio-imaging
  • Academic research domains:
    • Extreme regimes of light
    • Light generation manipulation & detection
    • Light imaging & biophotonics
  • Other opportunities:
    • Teaching, education, and dissemination of scientific knowledge
    • Linking public and private actors in research, development, and marketing
    • Participating in the purchase and investment of scientific equipment
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 22, 2019
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