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Master of Science in Engineering - Diplôme d’Ingénieur

Institut d'Optique

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:

Schéma_French Diplôme d'Ingénieur

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).

Poster Call for applicants 2017 - Institut d'Optique Graduate School's MScEng - International track

Degree seeking students

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.

Application process for degree seeking students
  • Download the application form for degree seeking students
  • Fill in the application form, attach all required documents in one single (pdf) file, and send it preferably by e-mail.
  • Applications must arrive before 1st May.
  • Eligible applicants may be asked for additional information, and interviewed (by videoconference) if needed.
  • Admission results announced in late May.
  • Courses start in Campus Paris-Saclay in early September. If necessary, students may be asked to follow language courses during the summer, at their own expense.
  • Partial tuition waiver may be applied under specific agreements.

Credits only students (non-degree)

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.

Application process for credits only (non-degree) students
  • Download the application form for credits only (non-degree) students
  • Fill in the application form, attach all required documents in one single (pdf) file, and send it preferably by e-mail.
  • Applications must arrive before 15th May.
  • Admission results announced by mid-June.
  • Courses start in Campus Paris-Saclay in early September. If necessary, students may be asked to follow language courses during the summer, at their own expense.
  • Tuition waiver for exchange students. Fees apply for non-exchange students.

Contact

Pierre  Baladi
Head of international relations
Tél +33 1 64 53 32 08

International track

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International track

The international track is a first semester fully taught in English, along with classes of French for foreigners, and updates on photonics and optics.