November 10, 2016


PhD-Track Program

The PhD-Track program “Multimedia, Distributed and Pervasive Secure Systems” supported and labelled by the Franco-German Universit (UFA-DFH), combines the double master degree “Computer Science, Information and Communication” (IFIK – Informatique – Information und Kommunikation) with a joint PhD (“cotutelle”) between the INSA Lyon and the University of Passau within the MDPS doctoral college.

  • Double master degree “Computer Science, Information and Communication”

Students enrolled in the master program graduate after 4 (max.5) semesters obtain the French engineering degree of INSA Lyon “diplôme d’ingénieur en informatique” and the Master of Science (M.Sc) in Computer Science (with focus on Information and Communication systems) of the University of Passau. Ideally, excellent students who wish to pursue their academic path toward research are integrated in the MDPS doctoral college.

Organisation of the double degree

3 semesters at the INSA Lyon including 4 months of internship

2 semesters (7 months) at the University of Passau including courses and a master thesis

Financial support:

Students receive a scholarship from the Franco-German University and can also apply for an ERASMUS + grant.

For more information on the master program, see our Flyer (in German).

Study program 2015/2016

  • Joint PhD in the MDPS doctoral college (“Cotutelle de these”)

The MDPS doctoral college supported and labelled by the Franco-German University, offers to master students the possibility to pursue their academic path with a binational PhD also called “cotutelle”, either a Franco-German (INSA Lyon / University of Passau) or a Franco-Italian PhD (INSA Lyon / University of Milan).

“Cotutelle” means that the doctoral students are jointly advised, with equal status, by two habilitated members of the MDPS doctoral college coming from two partner countries. The future PhD students do their research in both countries. They spend about half of their PhD time in each of the two countries. At the end of that period, the doctoral candidates are awarded two doctoral degrees, one from each of the two partner countries.

Admission to the MDPS doctoral college is granted to very successful graduates of a Master’s course in Computer Science showing an interest in a binational PhD. The inclusion in the PhD/doctoral programme can only take place if sufficient financial resources for another dissertation are available.

Franco-German PhD:

Priority is given to graduates from the IFIK double master’s programme. Proficiency in German and/or French would be advantageous whereas good English language skills are required.

PhD students enrolled in the MDPS doctoral college and doing a Franco-German PhD (“cotutelle de these franco-allemande”) get a mobility grant from the Franco-German University during their research stay in the partner country.

More information regarding Franco-German PhD >>

Associated PhDs:

Apart from regular PhD students enrolled in a “Cotutelle”, there are also associated PhDs enrolled in one university and writing their thesis there. These are also allowed to spend some time at one the partner universities.

MDPS workshop:

Furthermore, a workshop bringing together all project members is held every six months. During these events, MDPS PhD students (Cotutelle and associated PhDs) and researchers present their latest work. Seminars and speeches of guests from academy and industry complete the workshop program. Thus, the PhDs are able to share experiences and knowledge and improve their work.