Master of Science in Engineering - Diplôme d’Ingénieur
The main programme of study at Institut d’Optique leads to the award of the nationally accredited Diplôme d’Ingénieur de l’Institut d’Optique, equivalent to an integrated Master of Science in Engineering, in Photonics.
This programme is highly selective and prestigious, with very high career prospects, whether it be in companies, academia or as innovators.
It is a 3-year programme, equivalent to a final year of BSc, a Master 1st year and a Master 2nd year:
For local applicants, admission is generally by competititve entrance examination taken after two years of intensive undergraduate preparation in the Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Écoles.
For international students, the programme has been adapted: specific admission processes and creation of an international track in 2017.
The international track is a first semester fully taught in English, along with classes of French for foreigners, and updates on photonics and optics. The other semesters are then in French.
International students can join as degree-seeking students (long stay, issuance of the degree) or as non-degree/credits only students (short stay, credits transfer only).
For international students, suitably qualified students with a good Bachelor (or Master degree) in Physics or a relevant Engineering subject are encouraged to apply. For such students, admission is in 2nd year (equivalent to a Master 1st year), with the possibility to follow the international track. The programme lasts for 2 academic years.
In specific cases, depending on the academic background, admission may be offered in 1st year (equivalent to a final Bachelor year) for a 3-year programme. Under some specific agreements (double-degrees), students can be admitted in 1st year for 2 years, with return to their home university to substitute the final year.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students graduate with the Diplôme d’Ingénieur de l’Institut d’Optique, equivalent to an integrated Master of Science in Engineering.
International students can also join as credit-seeking students, for one semester or one year.
Credits only students will not get a degree from Institut d'Optique, but the credits acquired here can be transferred to their home university. Institut d'Optique operates with ECTS credits, making credit transfer to international students' home universities more efficient. Non-degree students coming under an exchange agreement (Erasmus+ agreement or other exchange agreement) and officially nominated by their home university are non-degree exchange students. Otherwise, they are non-degree non-exchange students.
Credits only student can follow the international track (first semester fully taught in English).
Here is the factsheet for the International Semester for exchange students, describing the structure of this semester.