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Sensors, Measurement and Instrumentation specialization (M2)

From automobiles to the conquest of space via medicine and robotics, sensors are present everywhere in our environment. The word sensor must be taken in a broad sense, as the course describes both the principles used in applications for the general public and those of very high technology and cutting edge research. The sensors, measurement and instrumentation specialization aims to train students, who already have very strong physics knowledge and modeling and experimentation skills, in a very broad field. This specialization offers students a vocational course and a research course.


Discipline-specific prerequisites:

  • know the basics of contemporary physics
  • have a thorough knowledge of a specialized field of physics or one of its applications
  • analyze, model and resolve physics problems
  • have a capacity for abstract thought
  • use the tools of mathematics and statistics
  • know one or more disciplines at the border with physics
  • use a multidisciplinary approach
  • know several current techniques in the field of instrumentation
  • set up and run experiments
  • use data acquisition and analysis software

General skills:

  • use a programming language
  • use information and communications technologies
  • know how to research information
  • present results of your work in oral and written form
  • teamwork
  • set up and run a project
  • work in a research team or a professional environment
  • master a foreign language



Career opportunities

This specialization leads to engineering positions in industrial research and development, developing or using sensors, acquisition systems, computer simulations, instrumentation and data processing (automobile, transport, environment fields…). It can also lead to doctoral study in university laboratories or big research bodies such as the CEA, ONERA… The job market is made up of companies which use sensors – automobile, avionics, metallurgy, industrial chemistry, etc – in the whole of Europe and the rest of the world, particularly as the firms are often multinational. 


The sensors, measurement and instrumentation specialization offers students a classic program with a four-month internship associated with in-depth classes, leading to a doctorate, and a vocational program with a six-month internship in industry. This course accepts a wide variety of students. The common classes which last 3 months are adapted to students’ previous studies, with an additional focus on physics for some and signal processing and computer science for others.

Three options are then offered:

  • non-invasive techniques in medical imaging and nondestructive testing;
  • sensors for the environment and industry;
  • instrumentation for research, that students choose according to their taste and their career plan.



This specialization can accept students who have completed their first year of masters or an honours degree, either in physics or in engineering, as well as third-year engineering school students and all candidates whose professional experience can be validated. It is also open to continuing education students. 


Fundamental knowledge of waves, electricity and electricity and basic computer science. Depending on their previous studies, students will have to accentuate their work on notions that they master only partially. 

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Contact Informations

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01 44 27 41 15
Sorbonne University
Master SDI
Building Esclangon, 2nd floor, door 232 bis
4, place Jussieu
75005 Paris - F


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