In collaboration with the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), the University of Technology at Troyes (UTT), via its research laboratory Light, nanomaterials and nanotechnologies (L2n), leads a new graduate school, called Nano-Phot, which is a five-year graduate program dedicated to nano-optics and nanophotonics.

The Nano-Phot Graduate School (GS) aims at offering an unparalleled programme of excellence, with an international dimension and in direct contact with scientific and socioeconomic stakes related to the use of light, on a nanometric scale and in a sustainable development approach.

The Nano-Phot GS will bring a genuine structuration in UTT at Troyes and URCA at Reims sites by providing a new coherence to optics, photonics and nanotechnology courses and bringing it into line with the structuration of research by involving 4 CNRS units. Nano-Phot’s research program is focused on 4 themes: nano-optics emerging materials, nano(spectro)scopy and nanosensors, nano-optics fundamental phenomena and nanofabrication for nano-optics. The participation of the world’s best experts, the involvement of students in research projects starting from the first semester of master and students’ mentoring handled by a research professor and a doctoral student, will fulfil the objective of generating more doctorate students and attracting the best international students. The purpose of the GS is to generalise dual degrees’ curriculums, using the large network of international universities which will be extended by looking within G8 countries as well as emerging countries whose interest in high-tech is growing.


The Nano-Phot Graduate School proposes a new and innovative 5-year programme (Master + PhD) described below based on academic and research excellence in an international environment. The Nano-Phot program is divided into lectures, exercises, practical and projects and all of them will be taught in English.
The main sites for students have been defined for each semester (S): S1 will be in Reims while S2 and S3 will take place in Troyes. S4 will be dedicated to the Master Internship in a research lab.

This programme will begin with an induction week " Crunch & connect ": a 3-day seminary with innovation competitions, Lab tours and presentation so that students will become quickly aware of the possibilities.
During the 2 Master years, each student will be integrated in a research lab and will be offered a programme consisting of lectures, practical sessions in core science courses, interdisciplinary courses, transversal courses, and a fourth semester internship in labs.

Detailed Lectures

Master degree

While semester 1 will be mainly dedicated to basic knowledge acquisition through 3 mandatory courses, in semester 2 and 3, students will have the possibility to choose 3 scientific Teaching Units among the five 5 proposed each semester. The courses will be focused on the practice of learning the basics of knowledge essential in the course of lectures. Usually, 6 credits consist of 30h lectures + 30h TD/tutorials + 15h (TP, experiments). Our approach will be different: 6 credits will consist of 15h lectures + 10h experimental demonstration to illustrate the lecture +15h TD + 10h experimental demonstration to illustrate the results of the calculation + 25h experimental personal projects.

Doctorate cycle

The principle of a customizable education and training program “à la carte” in scientific and technical and professional integration is preserved in the graduate school and includes active participation in several scientific seminars.

International networking

Students will benefit from L2n's broad partnership network, which will be expanded within the framework of the GS. Student mobility programme through internships of Master students abroad and co-supervised double degree PhDs. Through joint training of doctoral students, UTT and its partners foster collaborative research. Every PhD Student on the collaborative PhD Program will be assigned to a UTT or URCA supervisor who will be appointed by the Scientific Council of UTT. Each PhD student will have a study plan which shall be determined by the co-supervisors and agreed by the student by the end of the first semester after starting the collaborative PhD Program. The minimum residency requirement for a full-time PhD degree student is one year in the other institution.