M.Sc. On Campus

Photonics for Security, Reliability and Safety

Jean Monnet University

24 months
18000 EUR/year
9000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Photonics for Security, Reliability and Safety at Jean Monnet University (Saint-Étienne) aims to train the next generation of experts in advanced imaging technologies, cutting-edge image processing, artificial intelligence technologies, biometrics, pattern recognition, spectrometry methodologies, photonic-based sensors and surface functionalization.


Students in this Photonics for Security, Reliability and Safety programme at Jean Monnet University (Saint-Étienne) 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.

Other topics include: 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.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Apply knowledge of photonics, data science and micro-nanotechnology fundamentals
  • Design and conduct experiments involving imaging, technologies, micro-nanotechnologies or laser processes
  • Analyze and interpret data by data processing or artificial intelligence methods
  • Identify, formulate and solve photonic or digital photonic problems
  • Design a system, component or process to meet industrial needs
  • Work in multidisciplinary, multicultural and geographically spread teams
  • Understand the professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively in oral, written and other media forms
  • Have a broad education necessary to understand the impact of science solutions in a global and societal context and to advance sustainability
  • Recognize the need to engage in lifelong learning and the abilitity to do so

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical and Fourier Optics
  • Optical Engineering
  • Digital Image Processing and Analysis
  • Algorithmic and Programming 
  • Scientific Methodology and Project
  • Management
  • Scientific Computing with Matlab
  • Laser Physics
  • Photonics Laboratory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • 9,000€ for students from a programme country

Living costs for Saint-Étienne

740 - 980 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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