is a two-year (120 ECTS) Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree, aiming to train the next generation of highly-skilled industrial experts in applied colour science, in various cutting-edge industries (photonics, optics, spectral imaging, multimedia technologies, computer graphics and vision) in a diverse range of sectors (including multimedia, health care, cosmetic, automotive, food-processing) bridging a talent gap in the industry where colour experts are in high demand. The 2 areas of focus are spectral technologies and applied colour imaging.
COSI is brought to you by a world leading university-business cooperation of 4 European universities (University Jean Monnet, University of Granada, University of Eastern Finland and Norwegian University of Science and Technology), 5 Asian universities and 15 industrial leaders across the globe.
Wondering what makes us unique?
“The European higher education excellence meeting worldwide colour markets”.
# An education you won’t find anywhere else
COSI and CIMET curriculum are unique at the European and international level. You may find colour science specialization courses in other higher education institutions, but we are confident to say that we will become a landmark programme for the industry in the coming years.
# European academic excellence and international recognition
We bring to you the best that European higher education has to offer. COSI is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree(EMJMD), which means that the programme has been reviewed, selected and granted technical and financial support from Erasmus +, the new European Union 16 billion euros catch-all framework program for Education and Training. CIMET has been launched under the previous generation of the European Union programme for higher education, Erasmus Mundus.
Being an EMJMD is a true label of excellence, considering that COSI is one of the only 9 Joint Master Degrees that have been awarded this label out of 61 projects submitted by European higher education institutions during the first Erasmus+ call for proposal.
Skills and qualifications you’ll acquire during the programme will be widely recognized and understood by other education institutions and the labour market thanks to the award of 3 national master degrees and additional EU transparency and recognition tools such as the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and diploma supplement.
# A new venture… brought to you by an experienced and seasoned team
COSI is a new programme, yet building on 10 years of founding partners’ close cooperation, trust, achievements and lessons learnt. So even if you apply for the first intake, don’t be afraid to experience a lot of trial and error: we know how to keep the ship steady.
CIMET (Color in Informatics and MEdia Technologies), have trained 87 graduates since 2008, now industry leaders in colour sciences and Imaging.
# A truly international programme
Programmes are open to all nationalities and 100% taught in English. We received applications from no less than 39 different countries for the first COSI call for application and first intake gather. You will therefore have the unique opportunity to join a community of fellow students and alumni, coming from very diverse horizons and bringing different perspectives to the programme.
You’ll study in 2 or 3 European universities, in France, Spain and (Depending on your ‘preferred specialty’ ) Norway or Finlandwith an international faculty of local and international guest lecturers. You’ll train in one of the 12 European and Asian countries (and counting) where COSI partners’ research centres and companies are located.
As an Erasmus Mundus alumni, you’ll be part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) which is the biggest student association in Europe.
Special attention has been given to allow you to get most of this international experience: host-country language courses, learning design fostering extended intercultural experiences and networking services are a few examples of what you can find in this life-changing experience that will equip you for positions requiring agile and internationally-minded professionals withhigh soft skills.
# Customized academic and administrative services
Within the ‘family’, you won’t be left alone.
COSI and CIMET offer a wide range of learning technologies designed to maximize your learning outcomes, building on your own mode of learning. A notable feature of this academic support is that each student is mentored by an Academic Advisor.
To allow you to focus on studying, the staff is here to make your administrative life as easy as possible. This means that from online application until graduation, you will have one and only one administrative focal point and contact person. This also means that you won’t have to deal directly with housing, insurance and banking red-tape in each country by yourself and you’ll receive support for immigration issues.
# 2 years of my life under the best possible conditions
You will live in safe countries and cities.
And because an Erasmus Mundus student life is not all about studying, you’ll benefit from the campus extensive health, food, sports and cultural services.
# Access to merit scholarships among the most generous in the world
ERASMUS+ financial support and close links with industrial partners allow us to offer an ambitious scholarship strategy to attract the best international students. Based on your academic achievements, you can be sponsored up to 50,000 EUR, and up to 1200 EUR per month during your work placement. Large enough to enjoy the country you’ll be staying in, given the local cost of living.
This also means that as self-sponsored students, you can be sure to join a community of students with outstanding academic and professional background.
# Get your dream job even before graduating
Tackling the talent gaps of our industrial partners is the main focus of the COSI Master initiative. It should come as no surprise that your employability will be our very first priority.
Our ambition is that a relevant proportion of COSI students get their job while studying, through COSI networking, recruitment events and compulsory work placements. We’ve set an ambitious yet achievable target of 100% employment rate within 6 months of graduation.
Wider recognition of the COSI brand name towards industries, structural involvement of our industrial partners from COSI design to teaching activities and strategic development, inclusion of innovative competences and soft skills in the curriculum: those are just a few steps we’ve taken to ensure you’ll get a rewarding and meaningful job.
CIMET employment rate is above 95%, with 75% of graduates pursuing in PhD studies.
# Be at the edge of colour science innovative technologies and products
Lab sessions and industrial cases-studies will allow you to engage with the latest industrial equipment and top-notch technologies and products such as Microsoft Kinect sensor, Emotiv EEG system and Google glass, to cite a few. As a student, you’ll have access to facilities (research units, laboratories) of all our academic and industrial partners.
In rapidly evolving sectors, this exposure will enable you to enter the job market with a strong competitive advantage.
# Be part of a responsible venture that maximize social impacts
We take good care of what matters most: the people and the environment. This triple bottom line takes its whole meaning when we:
- Foster gender equality at student and faculty level ;
- Minimize our environmental impact
- Ensure non-discriminatory selection and support for people with disabilities to ensure they can fully engage with COSI programme and participate in COSI community life;
- Monitor & Evaluate social impacts within the framework of our Quality Assurance process and constantly take corrective actions.
We’re looking for brilliant minds, trained in mathematics, engineering, computer science or physics.
Entry requirements / Eligibility criteria
Below are the minimum requirements to be eligible for COSI programme. Please note that additional eligibility requirements apply for applicants to be considered for an Erasmus+ Join Master scholarship, notably ineligibility of applicants who have already benefited from an Erasmus Mundus Master Course scholarship or who have applied to more than 3 Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree.
- Compliance with the application process calendar and deadlines;
- Authenticity, completeness, certification (scan of original document or certified translation), translation (English version only) of application files.
- Applicants must hold a bachelor of science (or any nationally recognized first cycle degree equivalent to 180 ECTS), preferably in the fields of mathematics, technology, engineering, computer science or physics. (While this condition must necessarily be fulfilled at the time of enrollment, the consortium accepts applications from students in the last year of their higher education degree);
- Applicants must possess a solid academic background in the general fields of physics, mathematics, and computer science.
- The tuition language is English. Students are notably expected to produce a Master Thesis in English. A strong command of written and oral English is therefore requested. Applicants will have to demonstrate during application an English language proficiency equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). (Linkto correspondences between CEFR levels and common language proficiency scales around the world that will be used).
Level of English will be assessed on the basis of test scores provided by the applicant, the cover letter and the interview.
Adequate financial resources
- Applicants should be fully aware of the financial costs of the programme and cost of living in hosting countries. While our scholarship policy will allow most of the students to finance the entire studies period, self-funded students who were not awarded a scholarship grant will be required to submit a Guarantee of full financial support (annexed to the Learning Agreement and prior to enrollment).
This is to ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover the entire period of studies. You’ll need to document your source/s of income to apply for a student visa. Please refer to budget simulation to assess your financial ability.
Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree scholarship holders are exempted of this requirement.
No discrimination on the basis of nationality, gender, age, religion, health conditions;
Dedicated to achieving equity for women in science, the consortium supports women who face difficult circumstances or barriers to their full participation. More details on service available to women planning to enroll while having to care for children are available on Academic Services.
Applicants should be aware that joining COSI is an extremely competitive process, which takes time. Only the best 25 applicants will be selected. The ranking outcome will determine the award of Erasmus+ JMD scholarships and Consortium scholarships to the best applicants.
Method and criteria used to assess application are detailed in the selection process.
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