Master 2

Optical Networks and Photonic Systems


Optical communications are integral to modern digital society, as the only technology capable of handling large amounts of data over long distances, upon which networks rely. Moreover, the continual development of new online services requires sustaining an ever-increasing traffic capacity, which runs squarely into information-theory transmission limits and an uncontrolled energy consumption both. This course is supported by teaching and research groups renowned worldwide, in topics from Fundamental Physics to Information Theory through Computer Science and Networks.

Language of instruction: English
ECTS: 60
Oriented: Both Industry and research
Duration: 1 year (one semester courses, one semester internship)
Courses Location: Paris-Saclay area, IMT:TP/TSP, IOGS, UPSud, Centrale Supélec

Educational objectives

We aim to train engineers and researchers who can meet these challenges: design optical communication systems suited to given constraints and required applications; design cross-layer optical network architectures, from the physical layer to higher network layers; select optical components according to their performances among current and future solutions; and design the photonic devices needed for optical data processing and transport in future networks.

  • Vertical knowledge on Optical Communications: from Device Physics, through Optical Transmission to Networking, Information Theory and Digital Signal Processing
  • Open knowledge from Optical Communications to other applications of Photonics
  • Offer a practical ability with substantial laboratory work for all topics
  • Offer both opportunity for future research work or applied work in companies linked with the Photonics domain

Program structure


Laboratories involved

Career prospects

The expertise in optical solutions acquired by our students is in demand not only in the Information Technology industry and academic research institutes, but translates to other applications as well in the health industry, bioscience, energy, fabrication technologies, environment, and many others.

Institutional partners


  • IOGS
  • UPSud
  • Centrale Supélec


  • C2N
  • CEA

Industrial partners

  • Nokia Bell Labs
  • III-V Labs
  • Thalès
  • Orange Labs
  • Huawei


Number of admissions available: 24

Application guidelines for a master’s program at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

  • Completion of the 1st year of a master program (Master 1)
  • Physics: Electromagnetism, Optics, Basics of Quantum physics, Signal processing
  • Math: Fourier Analysis, Probability and Statistics
    – Introduction to digital communications (modulation BPSK, threshold detector)
    – Introduction to statistics (random variable, random stationary process)

Language prerequisites:

  • Teaching language: English
  • Certificate of English level (compulsory for non-English speakers)

Additional supporting documents
Choice sheet of M2

  • VAP file (obligatory for all persons requesting a valuation of the assets to enter the diploma)

Application timeline
Deadlines for the Master application sessions are as follows:
– First session: February 28, 2020
– Second session: April 30, 2020
– Third Session (optional): June 30, 2020 (only if there are availabilities remaining after the 2 first sessions)
Applications not finalized for a session will automatically be carried over to the next session.

You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.
You can check your application status by logging in your candidate space.

Tuition fees

National master: Official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
(2019-2020, EU students: 243 euros / Non-EU students: 3770 euros)


M. Ware Cédric , Télécom Paris

Mounia Lourdiane, Télécom SudParis

Dubreuil Nicolas, Institut d’Optique Graduate School