Future Students

Interested in undertaking or pursuing graduate studies in optics-photonics at one of the nine COPL academic institutions? Check out the research project opportunities on our website. We also invite you to learn about our research axes and to explore the web pages of our professor-researchers.

If you are interested in a subject, please contact the professor directly by email, making sure to describe your motivation, and attach your CV. It is important to note that you must have identified a professor-researcher who will supervise your research work before undertaking any other steps in the admission process with their university.

We present below a brief overview of our partner institutions, together with useful links for further consideration.

Concordia University


Located in the heart of Montreal, Concordia University is a welcoming place where a commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching, research, creation and community partnerships is a top priority. Concordia dares to be different and draws on its diversity to transform and strengthen society and enrich the world. The institution has 50,000 students. All instruction is in English.

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Polytechnique Montréal


École Polytechnique de Montréal is one of the largest engineering schools in Canada and remains the first in Quebec in terms of the number of students and the size of its research budgets. Polytechnique provides quality engineering education at all levels with an emphasis on human values and a focus on the needs of industry and society. The main language of instruction is French.

Information on graduate studies:

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École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)


The École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) trains engineers. Since its creation in 1974, ÉTS has maintained close ties with industry. Through partnerships with companies of all sizes, ÉTS is able to offer graduate programs based on the needs of companies and the professionals who work for them. In fact, many Master’s and doctoral projects can be carried out in collaboration with an external partner. ÉTS graduate programs are also intended for future researchers who wish to learn about the research and development process and contribute to the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge. They also meet the needs of working professionals who want to deepen their knowledge. The language of instruction is French.

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Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Headquartered in Quebec City
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications located in Varennes and Montreal

The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is dedicated exclusively to graduate level research and training. Since its creation in 1969, INRS has focussed on interdisciplinarity, innovation and excellence. INRS is composed of four thematic and interdisciplinary research and training centers: Water, Earth and Environment; Urbanization, Culture and Society; Health and Biotechnology; and Energy, Materials and Telecommunications. It is in this last center where optics-photonics research is located.

Information on graduate studies:

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Université de Sherbrooke


The Université de Sherbrooke stands out for the strong growth of its research activities, its successful technology transfers, and its initiatives in entrepreneurship and innovation offered in collaboration with the industrial and social communities. It has 31,000 students and offers instruction in French.
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Université Laval

Quebec city

Université Laval has been training specialists in optics-photonics for nearly 60 years. It has a critical mass of professor-researchers whose expertise covers all facets of the discipline. Laval is also home to the only building entirely dedicated to university research in optics in Canada. This infrastructure is also equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories. A team of experienced technicians supervises the research activities of some 150 Master’s and PhD students. Université Laval offers an incomparable training experience whose reputation extends beyond the borders of Quebec and Canada. It ranks 7th among the largest research universities in Canada. The language of instruction is French. However, with the agreement of their research supervisor, students may choose to perform their work in English.

Information on graduate studies:

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Université McGill


McGill University is one of Canada’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning and one of the world’s great universities. With students from more than 150 countries, it is the most international of Canada’s research-intensive universities. The language of instruction is English.

Information on graduate studies:

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Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

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A multitude of opportunities are available for students who wish to undertake master's or doctoral studies, as well as for newly graduated doctoral students looking for an internship.

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