M.Sc. Networks specialization (M2)

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

Application deadline: June 30
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • French
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Networks specialization (RES) trains communication network specialists, capable not only of controlling today's communication systems, but also of designing and developing tomorrow's systems. It thus has the purpose of giving students theoretical, technical and practical knowledge of the network sector and providing them with insights into technological developments.

The RES specialization tackles highly practical and very current issues such as network security, mobility and wireless and thus assures professional opportunities to its students for professions linked to engineering, architecture and network consultancy and auditing. Since networks are to be found everywhere, business sectors are many and range from operators and service providers, manufacturers, equipment suppliers and integrators as well as large users (transport, energy, aeronautics, banks etc) and public bodies. The specialization also tackles more prospective fields linked to research carried out in partner laboratories into automatically organized networks, content networks, complex networks, metrology, modeling and security. The specialization's tuition trains future network specialists, both engineers and researchers.

The RES specialization mainly uses the expertise of the following institutions:

* the Computer Science Laboratory of Pierre and Marie Curie University (LIP6),
* the Information Processing and Communication Laboratory (LTCI) of TELECOM ParisTech formerly ENST (for the RES specialization, the Master's is awarded jointly with TELECOM ParisTech)
* the Computer Science Training Institute (ITIN), a higher-education establishment run by CCIV (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Versailles- Val d´Oise - Yvelines).

The RES specialization is organized around a single theme, networks, with a professional or research purpose. In the first year, it is organized jointly with the other specializations of the degree. The students therefore take the courses shared with other specializations.

For the second year, before the start of semester S3, the students are asked to choose their direction, either professional or research. The RES specialization is particular in offering a work/study program which enables students to experience the work environment directly during their M2 year.

Students thus have the choice of 3 programs in M2:

* professional with a work/study program (ALT)
* professional with no work/study program (PRO)
* research (RECH)

Opportunities
There are opportunities in both the industry sector and the academic world.
The business sectors open to graduates are naturally and above all those of telecommunications and IT activities and services provided to companies; because of the explosion in the communication network and telecommunications field, all the sectors using these technologies can be added (transport, energy, heavy industry, services, government offices etc). The types of employment opportunities are linked to research and development in the network and telecommunications field: R&D engineer, network architect, telecommunications engineer, security expert, network and telecommunications consultant, systems and networks administrator, project manager, head of operations, integrator, etc.
Openings in the academic world consist of continuing studies to doctorate level.

Contents

All the first year papers are worth 6 ECTS, including a substantial team project. The second year papers are all worth 3 ECTS, except for the end of year internship, which is worth 18 ECTS. The internship takes place either in a laboratory or in a company, and lasts a minimum of five months.

All the major´s specializations have both a research and a professional orientation. At the beginning of the course, students choose the specialization that will define the set of fundamental and technological knowledge that they wish to learn. There are set programs defined within each specialization to help students make their choice according to their personal and professional objectives.

The Computer Science major has been organized to promote double majors with mathematics, electronics and acoustics.

Specializations offered in M2:

* Electronic systems, computer systems (ex ACSI)
The specialization trains specialists in the design of circuits and integrated electronic systems, which are at the heart of most industrial equipment (automobile, telecommunications, gaming, whiteware, etc...).
* Artificial intelligence and decision (in French, IAD)
The IAD specialization trains information technology specialists who master the concepts, models and tools of artificial intelligence, decision support systems and operations research.
* Imaging (IMA)
The imaging specialization gives students advanced training in fields linked with imaging. It includes coherent programs ranging from the foundations of the discipline to the most advanced techniques.
* Networks
The networks specialization trains researchers in fields such as network design and telecommunications systems, transmission of media streams and the internet of the future. It also qualifies "generalist" network engineers, telecommunications systems developers and network and systems administrators.
* Distributed systems and applications (in French, SAR)
The SAR specialization trains specialists in design and development of distributed systems, capable of understanding and implementing the methods, techniques and mechanisms of the discipline.
* Science and technology of software (in French, STL)
The STL specialization trains specialists in development and monitoring of software applications, with a solid foundation in programming languages and algorithmic techniques.
* Bioinformatics and modeling

Requirements

The RES specialization is mainly intended for graduates of a Bachelor of computer science (or equivalent diploma). However, admission to M1 and M2 will be possible for applicants in continuing training, applying within the Validation of Experience provision (VAE) and in the second year of the Master's degree, for students having undertaken their first year of a master's degree in another French university or for students holding an engineering degree and wishing to specialize. As part of inter-establishment agreements, it may also accept into M2 student engineers undertaking their final school year.

The prerequisites for admission to the Master's degree concern the knowledge and concepts acquired during the computer science degree. They are focused on the basic network concepts, but good knowledge of operating systems and programming techniques (local and distributed applications) are also required. Furthermore, basic notions of computer hardware architecture are recommended.

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