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

The international Master in Light Sciences and Technologies is part of the University of Bordeaux Graduate Research School. Selected as a French 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 trainings with a strong emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. They also benefit from individual tutorship throughout all four semesters. Those who choose to follow the specific dual Master degree with the INRS (Canada) spend part of their two year program at the partner institution. Upon completion of this specific program, graduates obtain a dual Master degree.

Program structure

The first semester is composed of:

  • Preparatory courses: fundamentals of modern optics, 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.

As of the second semester, students carry out an internship and follow a mix of core and specialization courses. They experience practical training, preferably within the industrial sector and/or abroad. Specialization courses continue during the third semester along with laboratory courses delivered in cutting edge infrastructures and facilities. The fourth semester is dedicated to a Master thesis carried out in an advanced research lab.

Preparatory courses

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Statistical physics & thermodynamics
  • Electromagnetism & electrodynamics
  • Modern optics
  • Introduction to cell biology
  • Optics of materials
  • Mathematical methods

Core courses

  • Laser physics and non-linear optics
  • Light-matter interaction and spectroscopy
  • Basic concepts of photonics and optoelectronics
  • Science of solid state materials

Specialization courses

  • Quantum optics
  • Nanophysics
  • Ultrafast-optics and laser processing
  • Extreme lights and their interactions
  • Photochemistry
  • Optical materials design and engineering
  • Advanced topics in microscopy and spectroscopy
  • New light sources and sensors
  • Biophysics
  • Introduction to neurophotonics
  • Optical biosensors and actuators
  • Optical medical devices
  • Numerical methods in engineering
  • Image analysis and processing, chemometrics

Strengths of this Master 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 13 research laboratories as well as industrial R&D centers.
  • A “hands-on” training approach to provide graduates with valuable professional attributes. Training is delivered in state of the art research facilities and infrastructures.
  • Dual Master degree opportunity with Canada.
  • 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 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

How to apply?

Applications may be completed online via this link.


Visit the Light Sciences and Technologies page on the University of Bordeaux website for more details!

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