Future students

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 Finland with 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 with high 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.


This page gives some guidance on the sort of reading you can do over the summer before you arrive, to be perfectly prepared for the master’s programme COSI or CIMET

Please refer as well to introductory readings that can be found within the course guides for each modules. Reference books

Ohta, Noboru, and Alan Robertson. Colorimetry: fundamentals and applications. John Wiley & Sons, 2006T.

Billmeyer and Saltzman’s principles of color technology

Cormen, C. Leiserson, and R. Rivest, “Introduction to Algorithms,” The MIT Press, 1990. J. Kleinberg and E. Tardos , “Algorithm Design“, Pearson International Edition, 2006. E. Horowitz, S. Sahni, S. Rajasekaran, “Computer Algorithms”, Computer Science Press, 2007.

Additional books

D.E. Knuth, “The Art of Computer Programming,”, Vols. I, II, III, Addison-Wesley, 1981. The C++ Programming Language (4th Edition), Addison-Wesley ISBN 978-0321563842. May 2013. Literature and study materials:

“Introduction to Algorithms” “Algorithm Design“ The OpenCV Tutorials,

[last update = 07/07/2015]