The master is divided into four semesters.

The first two semesters (30 ECTS each) are dedicated to fundamentals and core subjects in physics, optics and photonics. The first semester is done in Marseille, the second semester can be done either in Marseille or in Karlsruhe. At the end of the 2nd semester an internship (at least 2 months) is done by the students in an industry or in a research laboratory.

The third semester (30 ECTS) is devoted to more specialized courses. It can be done in Marseille, Karlsruhe or Barcelona (uder some mobility rules).

Each year, a Spring School is organized at the end of the 3nd semester. This workshop of 3 days duration brings together all the 2nd year (M2) students and PhD students of different laboratories linked to the program (around 120 people attend the workshop every year). The Spring School permits the students to follow advanced lectures related to the fields taught in their master/PhD courses as well as presentations from researchers at the international level and from professionals working in companies.
The Spring School is a privileged moment for exchanging experiences and discuss about career prospectives.
The location is chosen each year by the partners (visit the Spring School page here).

The fourth semester is dedicated to the Master thesis work, which can include student research projects offered by the laboratories present in the consortium, or by others. This master thesis will lead to a report and a defence (with a total of 30 ECTS) held in one of the partners places.

Choice of the Mobility: The Mobility is submitted to some rules defined by the consortium. It will depend in particular on the number of available places in the partner institutions. The 1st semester is done in Marseille. For the 2nd semester, only a certain number of students will go to Karlsruhe, the other students staying in Marseille. The students who have spent the 1st year in Marseille (1st and 2nd semesters) will have a free choice for their mobility of the 3rd semester (Marseille, Karlsruhe or Barcelona). 2 of the first 3 semesters must be spent in Marseille.

All the students must spend at least one semester in a University of the consortium other than Aix-Marseille. If the number of students willing to spend the 2nd (or 3rd) semester in Marseille/Karlsruhe/Barcelona exceeds the number of available places in one of these universities, a selection will be done by drawing lots. However, everything will be done in order to meet as much as possible students’ expectations.

The 4th semester (Master Thesis) can be done in a country different from one of the consortium partner countries (France, Germany, Spain). However, the subject of the Master Thesis must approved by the board of Europhotonics-POESII.

The students must spend their study period in at least two of the European consortium partner countries (France, Germany, Spain). At least two of the countries visited during the Master must be different from the country in which the student has obtained his/her last University degree.