Master in PSRS - Photonics for Security, Reliability and Safety


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Program Description

We are a European academic consortium offering the Master Degree PSRS (, designed and operated by a unique world-leading university-business cooperation of 4 European universities, 26 academic partners and 24 industrial leaders across the globe.

Two-year (120 ECTS) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, aiming to train the next generation of highly-skilled experts in advanced imaging technologies, cutting-edge image processing, computational imaging, artificial intelligence technologies, biometrics, pattern recognition, behavioral analysis, spectrometry methodologies, photonics-based sensors, micro-nano-technologies, laser processing and surface functionalization to address the current and future societal challenges related to security and safety of people, goods and environment.

Students will be educated through a strong interaction with industrial partners to application fields as various as: detections of dangerous and\or illegal goods, detection of suspect individuals at borders, signature identification for cashless payment, fighting against counterfeiting, forensics and security markings, analysis of biological systems, detection of driver drowsiness, identification systems in case of medical emergency, measurement of inter-vehicle distances, biomedical applications, medical diagnostics, pollution control, driver vision enhancement, driving assistance (collision avoidance systems), industrial production control, help for a more efficient agriculture, food safety, lab-on-chip biosensors, identification of chemical substances and biological or inorganic materials, high precision fabrication of photonic devices, generation of functional surfaces and advanced materials in industry.

Entry requirements / Eligibility criteria

Below are the minimum requirements to be eligible for the PSRS program. Please note that additional eligibility requirements apply for applicants to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) scholarship, notably ineligibility of applicants who have already benefited from an EMJMD scholarship or who have applied to more than 3 EMJMD.

Administrative process

  • Compliance with the application process calendar and deadlines;
  • Authenticity, completeness, certification (scan of the original document or certified translation), translation (English version only) of application files.

Academic prerequisites

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor of science (or any nationally recognized first cycle degree equivalent to 180 ECTS), preferably in the fields of engineering, computer science or physics. (While this condition must necessarily be fulfilled at the time of enrollment, the consortium accepts applications from students in the last year of their higher education degree);
  • Applicants must possess a solid academic background in the general fields of physics, engineering or computer science.

Language requirements

  • The tuition language is English. Students are notably expected to produce a Master Thesis in English. A strong command of written and oral English is therefore requested. Applicants will have to demonstrate during application an English language proficiency equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
  • Level of English will be assessed on the basis of test scores provided by the applicant, the cover letter and the interview.

Adequate financial resources

  • Applicants should be fully aware of the financial costs of the program and the cost of living in host countries. While our scholarship policy will allow most of the students to finance the entire studies period, self-funded students who were not awarded a scholarship grant will be required to submit a Guarantee of full financial support (annexed to the Learning Agreement and prior to enrollment). This is to ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover the entire period of studies. You’ll need to document your source/s of income to apply for a student visa. Please refer to budget simulation to assess your financial ability.
  • Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree scholarship holders are exempted from this requirement.

For information

  • No discrimination on the basis of nationality, gender, age, religion, health conditions;
  • Dedicated to achieving equity for women in science, the consortium supports women who face difficult circumstances or barriers to their full participation. More details on service available to women planning to enroll while having to care for children are available on Academic Services.
  • for further information on the PSRS master, go to

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Admission criteria

  • Applicants should be aware that joining PSRS is an extremely competitive process, which takes time.
  • Only the best 25 applicants will be selected. The ranking outcome will determine the award of EMJMD scholarships and other scholarships to the best applicants.
  • The method and criteria used to assess application are detailed in the selection process.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the PSRS Programme, the student should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of photonics, data science, and micro-nano technology fundamentals.
  2. Design and conduct experiments involving imaging, technologies, micro-nano technologies or laser processes.
  3. Analyze and interpret data by data processing or artificial intelligence methods.
  4. Identify, formulate and solve photonics or digital photonics problems.
  5. Design a system, component or process to meet industrial needs.
  6. Function on multidisciplinary, multicultural and geographically spread teams.
  7. Understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  8. Communicate effectively in oral, written and other media forms.
  9. Have a broad education necessary to understand the impact of science solutions in a global and societal context and to advance sustainability.
  10. Recognize the need to engage in lifelong learning and the ability to do so.

The definition of the above learning qualities is variable as they are the result of the close involvement of our industrial partners in the learning design of PSRS. Hence they are likely to change from one semester to another to best meet the requirements of employers.

Participation costs

The PSRS program benefits from the financial support of the European Union-funded Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree program. This support allows us to implement a very attractive scholarship strategy to attract the best students.

Participation costs differ if you’re from (i.e. hold the nationality of) a “Programme country” (member states of the European Union AND non-European Union countries situated in Europe) or “Partner Country” (basically the rest of the world). This distinction reflects the rationale of financial instruments of European Union external action, our main financial sponsor.

Participation costs for 2020/2022 intake are set as follows:
- Program Country Partner Country
2020/2021 (2 semesters) 4,500 € 9,000 €
2021/2022 (2 semesters) 4,500 € 9,000 €
Total participation costs (entire program) 9,000 € 18,000 €

Self-funded students will be able to pay participation costs in three installments.
Last updated Jan 2020

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