M2 (PhoCQS) Photonics Complex and Quantum Systems: Foundations and Applications

The cursus Photonics, Complex and Quantum Systems (PhoCQS) offers advanced training in the fields of lasers, photonics, complex systems and quantum systems. As a PhoCQS graduate you will have a deep knowledge of how to generate, manipulate and guide various types of light of how do design laser sources. You will have also a deep knowledge of how nonlinear systems can generate complex behaviors in space and time, with potential disruptive applications and of the cutting edge development in the fields of quantum optics, cold atoms or polaritons. Open to Master 1 in Physics students (or equivalent) either french or foreign students, the cursus is taught in english.

The cursus is composed of 2 options:

  • Complex and Quantum Systems (research cursus),
  • Lasers and Photonic Engineering (engineering cursus).

The first option is a research option that prepares to a PhD and a career in the research and academic sector. The second option prepares to work as engineer in the field of laser and photonics in the industrial sector. However it is also possible to start a PhD after the engineering option.

Depending of the chosen option the academic training is completed by an internship either in a research  lab or in a company specialized in photonics or lasers.

Strength of the training

The cursus is part of the Information and Knowledge Society graduate programme, which gathers expertises needed to build a digital world suitable for Humans. It is also supported by the Excellence center Labex CEMPI, which fosters fundamental and applied research in mathematics and physics, as well as their interactions. Scholarships are available for students with excellent academic records both from IKS graduate programme and CEMPI Labex, as well as relocation grants from IKS graduate programme for foreign students to help them settle in Lille. 

The PhoCQS Master cursus builds on the scientific excellence of the following teams of the Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers, Atomes, Molécules (PhLAM), where in particular research internships are offered:

Training's Organization

Semester 3 (30 ECTS)

  • Optics, photonics and lasers : basic foundations of lasers, non linear optics and photonics, and applications (9 ECTS),
  • Extreme Regimes of Light : Ultrafast optics, extreme wavelength (THz, VUV-X)  (3 ECTS),
  • Advanced photonics : Photonic fibers  (9 ECTS),
  • English/ French as foreign language (3 ECTS).
  • Complex Systems (6 ECTS),
  • Quantum Optics, Cold Atoms, Polaritons (6 ECTS).
  • Laser metrology (3 ECTS),
  • Power lasers and applications (3 ECTS),
  • Advanced optical design (2 ECTS),
  • Lasers in medicine (2 ECTS),
  • Lasers in Physico-chemistry (2 ECTS).

Semester 4 (30 ECTS)

  • Numerical tools (3 ECTS)
  • Experimental tools (3ECTS)
  • Writings skills (research option) / Lab. Project (Engineering option) (3 ECTS)
  • Research internship in Lab (research option) / Internship in industry (Engineering option) (21 ECTS)


For the research option:

This option prepares you for research positions in both academia and industry and, in particular, paves the way for further study at doctoral level:

  • Researcher, research engineer, teacher-researcher after a doctorate.

Former students have found positions in the academic sector (Universities, CNRS), the public sector (CEA, ONERA...), the private sector (Prysmian Group, Alcatel Submarine Network, Cilas subsidiary of MBDA and Safran Electronics & Defense, Alphanov...).

Laser and photonics engineering option:

The Master's degree prepares you for a variety of careers in optics, lasers and photonics. Past students have gone on to occupy a wide variety of positions, including:

  • R&D engineer,
  • Senior engineer,
  • Sales engineer,
  • ...

Several graduates of this option have gone on to successfully complete doctoral studies.

Admission & Bourses

For M1

For the start of the 2023 academic year, the process for entering the first year of a master's program is changing. Starting in February 2023, students and returnees will be able to consult the entire range of master's programs via the new platform: https://www.monmaster.gouv.fr/.

The recruitment and application platform will be open from March 1st 2023.  Candidates will be able to submit a maximum of 15 applications by April 3, and will be able to submit a maximum of 15 additional applications for work-study programs.

The timeline below outlines the various key steps that will follow this application process.

Calendar 2023

From March 1 to April 3, 2023

Submission of applications on the new national platform.

April to June 2023

Review of applications by institutions.

From June 19 to July 17, 2023

Transmission of admission proposals to the applicants and response from the applicants.

Until July 20, 2023

Administrative registration with the institutions.

This new national platform is intended for students who hold (or are preparing to hold) a national bachelor's degree or another degree that gives access to the master's program, whether they are French or nationals of the European Economic Area, Andorra, Switzerland or Monaco.

Some applicants will not be concerned by this system:

  • applicants of foreign nationality (excluding nationals of the European Economic Area, Andorra, Switzerland or Monaco) whose country of residence benefits from the Études en France program
  • students repeating their first year of a Master's degree;
  • candidates wishing to be admitted to the first year of a master's program through a validation of higher education (VES) or a validation of professional experience (VAP);

For M2

Opening dates for the different M2 ecandidat application sessions :

  • From 06/03 to 24/04/2023,
  • From 28/08 to 11/09/2023.