Optics and Nanotechnology

University of Technology Troyes - UTT

Program Description

Optics and Nanotechnology

University of Technology Troyes - UTT


The "Optics and Nanotechnologies" specialization trains students for the activities of research and development in the field of nanotechnologies. This programme is based on the study of various techniques and methods, mainly optical, which make it possible to manufacture nanostructures and materials, to characterize their physical and chemical properties and to understand the associated phenomena.

Research into miniaturization of mechanical, electronic, optical, chemical, and biological, devices has seen a huge rise in the last fifteen years, thanks to the development of new microscopes called local probe microscopes.

The goal of these new probe techniques is to characterize and help to build miniaturized objects, and thus to develop future technologies, on the nanometer scale (nanotechnologies), or even the atom scale.

The "Optics and Nanotechnologies" specialization offers training mainly in the field of optical local probe microscopy and a familiarisation with other microscopic techniques (Atomic Force Microscopy AFM, Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy STM).

The principal research topics covered are geared towards nanosciences. They tackle the problems of nanodetection of molecular, crystalline or nanostructured objects, but also those of modeling electromagnetic fields on the same scale, with the aim of understanding and interpreting the observed experimental results.

Generally speaking, this speciality is based on an "optical" approach i.e. to use a transverse discipline to explore a multi-disciplinary and developing field, which is nanotechnologies.


For the first year, admission is offered to holders of a European degree in physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, applied mathematics, and to the students who can provide evidence of a diploma equivalent to 180 ECTS credits in one of these disciplines. For the second year, admission is offered to the holders of a Bachelor’s degree in physics, physical sciences, chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, EEA, or applied mathematics, and to the holders of a MST, or engineering students in the final year of their degree if their course contains a basic training in physics (materials, optics...), physico-chemistry or mathematics. Admission is also possible for the holders of equivalent foreign degrees (240 ECTS credits). Final admission is decided by a jury who evaluates the applications.

Potential Careers

Nanotechnology, or the control of matter on the elements scale which constitutes it, requires knowledge and a know-how which is increasingly valuable to engineers and researchers. The programme offered will enable the students to become familiar with the techniques, from an experimental point of view, as well as a theoretical and numerical one. The knowledge acquired will enable to consider new outlets in organizations or laboratories, which can be found in sectors as varied as biology, physics and chemistry of materials, optoelectronics and photonics.

This school offers programs in:
  • French

Cost & Fees

Information on the academic fees for these degrees is available on application from the department

Entry Requirements

For the master degree, international students can be admitted to UTT at year 1 or year 2 depending on their previous studies.

All non European students must apply via CampusFrance in order to apply to UTT.

Application package :

All applications must include the following documents:

  • Official transcripts from high school (for students applying for Year 1 of the engineering degree) or university (for students applying for year 3 or 4 of the engineering degree or for the master degree)
  • 2 letters of recommendation written in French or English by teachers in scientific fields
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of motivation written by the applicant in French or in English stating their desire to study at UTT and their career objectives
  • An application form

All the official documents (diplomas, transcripts, etc) sent to the UTT must be certified copies. They must be translated in French or English and validated by a French embassy or consulate.

Calendar and procedure for admission

Because of the UTT's semester based system and flexible academic structure students may begin their studies for the engineering degree either in September (Fall semester) or in late February (Spring semester).

Students who have difficulties with the French language or with specific scientific subjects are required to enroll in the UTT's inter semester program in August or late January.

All applications are processed rapidly

Last updated April 27, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept., 2017
5 years
Full time
Start date Sept., 2017
France Troyes, Champagne-Ardenne
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 5 years
Price Request Info