What will I learn?

The international PhD in Light Sciences and Technologies is part of the University of Bordeaux Graduate Research School.

Selected within the French “Investments for the Future” program as an “Initiative of Excellence”, the three-year program focuses on knowledge and innovation in light sciences and technologies, providing a multidisciplinary environment for first-class PhD research. Students are offered complementary training with a strong emphasis on research and entrepreneurship skills.


Top-class research environment with a high-level of technical know-how.

Integrated, complementary training program (for both the research and business track), provided by academic and industrial players.

Cross-fertilizing environment, thanks to the strong involvement of 15 research laboratories as well as industrial R&D centers and transfer platforms. This environment prepares students for future academic and / or industrial careers in photonics.

Opportunities to apply for international mobility scholarships.

Dual PhD degree opportunities with our main international partners.

Individual support for all international doctoral students provided by a dedicated LIGHT S&T International Officer.

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

January 2022


University of Bordeaux

351 cours de la Libération,


Ile de France,

33405, France

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with a biomedical or psychology background should have at least two years of training at Master level, and preferably a strong background in the field of experimental or preclinical Neurosciences. Applicants with background in the following related fields will also be considered: biomedical sciences, biological psychology, genetics, medicine, biophysics, bioinformatics and/or artificial intelligence. Other English Language requirements: certified proof of language test results (i.e. TOEFL minimum score of 237 (computer based), 580 (paper-based).

For international students

  • Hold a Master degree (or equivalent) in Science.
  • Program taught entirely in English, a B2 level (minimum) is required.