Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree - COSI /COlour in Science and Industry/

January 10, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Finland
  • France
  • Norway
  • Spain
Joensuu and Kuopio and Savonlinna, Saint-Étienne, Gjøvik, Granada


COSI is the answer to the lessons drawn from pioneer courses implementation, its intimacy to industry challenges and the continuing efforts of the founding partners to further unite and increase the attractiveness of the consortium. A programme as interdisciplinary and innovative as COSI mobilized such a broad coverage of knowledge that it could not be provided at any single institution. This is why COSI is a highly integrated Master, encapsulating a collaborative model based on horizontal cooperation, applied at each stage of design, implementation and institutional learning.


COSI partners share values and vision. Resources, talents and expertise are pooled and managed jointly by a set of governing bodies that allow us to ensure a smooth and collective implementation.

+ The Academic and Management Board (AMB) sets COSI strategy and its long-term academic and business plan, oversees the management and administration, consider and decide upon all academic matters and questions affecting the educational policy and the conduct of its affairs.

+ The Quality Assurance Board (QAB) leads quality management and enhancement policy design and implementation, which reflects our recognition that an active and strategic engagement towards quality assurance is instrumental to the fulfilment of our mission.

Applied research base

Inter-institutional knowledge transfer provides for a common research framework, unique at the international level. COSI is the brainpower of 8 public research labs and 14 industry partners’ talents pools and massive R&D investments.

Integrated curriculum and mobility

COSI is not a heterogeneous patchwork of courses from different universities but a common, stand-alone study programme, topped-up by joint events (eg. Master thesis defences, graduation ceremony, …). The curriculum has been shaped with respect to partner’s respective track-record in applied research and teaching technologies. Partners work hand in hand, from the approval of a single recruitment strategy to the shaping of agreed learning outcomes.

This results in a knowledge base encompassing most of today’s research fields in colour sciences.

Learning technologies such as online-teaching allow us to offer a high-quality course catalogue which is flexible, evolving over time and consistent in content and sequence. This is made possible thanks to the use of innovative teaching delivery methods, universities cross-fertilization and mutual learning through academic and staff mobility and backed-up by strong quality assurance.

Students spent an equal period of stay at each university. To allow mobility to bring a true added-value to the programme, we’ve limited the range of mobility choices on the basis of the partners’ research and teaching main focus area. The two concentration tracks (spectral technologies and applied colour imaging) are designed around the core competences of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of Eastern Finland.

Harmonized validation of learning outcomes

To ensure all stakeholders an even greater accountability and transparency, the partners in COSI take the following steps:

  • Single admission policy and procedure;
  • Systematic use of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to define the programme components, to recognize learning outcomes, and ultimately to allow COSI to be an easily readable and comparable degree to increase student competitiveness and employability.
  • Shared examination methodologies and performance assessment criteria. In addition, efforts are made through continuous dialogue to tackle cultural differences between COSI professors with respect to expectations linked to a given mark. An example is the evaluation process of the master thesis, which is conducted by an international jury of at least 2 different universities and one practitioner of the given field of research.
  • Recognized awarded degrees and common Diploma Supplement

Integrated academic services

COSI administrative staff works jointly to ensure the best possible academic services to COSI students, notably by simplification of administrative procedures for mobile students and better integration in the local environment, the main two challenges that Erasmus students typically face.

The COSI family

This is what makes COSI such a unique programme with a distinct character. Joining COSI is more than joining a Master programme, it’s a community; a community of alumni with networking activities between cohorts, a community of practice with research, practitioners and policy makers.

But you won’t be only in contact with the COSI community, during open courses COSI students have many opportunities to mingle with local and international students and you can decide to enroll in virtually any scientific course offered by our partners.

Mobility scheme

Ensuring a meaningful student learning mobility is at the core of ERASMUS+ Joint Master Degrees programme rationale. COSI is no exception: live & learn in four different European campuses.

Building on close academic and industrial partnerships, the COSI consortium will allow students to experience and get the most of what European higher education institutions, and beyond, have to offer.

At the end of the COSI Programme, the student should be able to:

  1. Describe and apply fundamental aspects of computational colour science and data science, optics and photonics, measurement systems and spectral technologies, digital imaging and computer vision, maths and computation;
  2. Implement and apply current colour and spectral technologies and other High-Tech devices used in digital imaging, demonstrating the ability to design and implement colour data processing algorithms;
  3. Calculate a range of colour quantities and image quality quantities, apply transforms, derive and implement colour and image metrics;
  4. Analyse colour technology and machine vision problems into components, construct solutions and design processing workflows;
  5. Model colour and digital image processes and predict a range of quantities including visual and psychometric response, colour appearance, perception of quality, spectral and colorimetric reproduction, 2D and 3D spatial models, display functions;
  6. Evaluate own and previous work from both theoretical, practical and application perspective;

The definition of above learning qualities are variable as they are the result of the close involvement of our industrial partners in the learning design of COSI. Hence they are likely to change from one semester to another to best meet the requirements of employers.

Awarded degrees

Successful completion of the COSI Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree will result in the award of multiple Master’s degrees (i.e. 4 national diplomas issued by 4 higher education institutions from 4 European countries and fully recognized in these respective countries). In line with the Bologna Accords, those degrees benefit from a wide recognition in Europe and beyond.

According to the concentration which has been chosen by the graduate, the consortium will deliver either multiple diplomas from:

  • NTNU, UJM (specialisation in Colour image modelling and understanding) and NTNU (specialisation in Colour and visual computing)
  • OR NTNU, UJM (specialisation in Colour image modelling and understanding), UEF (specialisation in Spectral Imaging)
  • OR NTNU, UGR (specialisation in Photonics, image and vision) and NTNU (specialisation in Colour and visual computing)
  • OR NTNU, UGR (specialisation in Photonics, image and vision) and UEF (specialisation in Spectral Imaging).

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Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

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.

Administrative process

  • 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.

Academic prerequisites

According to the COSI program, all applicants must document the following in order for their applications to be considered for admission:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the topic of computer science, optics, physics, mathematics, signal processing, electronics, cognitive psychology, or other relevant adequate education.
  • Applicants must have completed at least 5 ECTS University level course on any programming language –other courses completed outside the University may be considered on an individual basis-, and at least 5 ECTS in mathematics.
  • Applicants should preferably have a course on image processing, imaging, color science, photonics, vision, computer graphics, computer vision, machine learning, or justify of an experience in related fields.
  • Knowledge of English, i.e. Applicants have to demonstrate that they meet the level B2 within the CEFR (exemptions from the need to document level B2 are native English speakers and students who have completed a degree in an English-speaking country)


Deadline: January 10, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

How to finance your Master degree?

We implement an ambitious scholarship policy to allow all students with outstanding academic background to join our programmes. No specific / additional application process for scholarships mentioned in this page are requires from you beyond application to  COSI and/or CIMET. If you apply to programme/s on time, your application will be automatically considered for all scholarships mentioned in this page.

Scholarships attribution is merit-based: same selection criteria, methods and decision-making for selection to the programme itself are applied to attribute scholarships, attribution is based on absolute selection outcome ranking of applicants.  Learning performance during first year of the programme is used to grant scholarships during the second year of the programme. All scholarships are cumulative, expect E+EMJMD and Eiffel scholarship (holders of these scholarships cannot apply to additional scholarships).

Available at the time of application to the programme
(no additional application process but early deadline may apply)

Erasmus + EMJMD scholarships
Please note that we are currently applying for a new financement from the European Union. 

  • covers all the duration of the programme (24 months)
  • up to 35,000 € for European students
  • up to 49,000 € for non-European students
  • up to 4 scholarships for European students
  • up to 18 scholarhips for non-European students

50 % fee-waivers (halving of particpation costs)

  • covers all the duration of the programme (24 months)
  • 2,225 € for European students
  • 4,500 € for non-European students

COSI scholarships

  • granted for the first year of the programme to extremely promising students who could not get an EMJMD scholarship

Available  (/application) during the programme (for students during the second year of the programme)

Explo’ra scholarships
(apply during semester 2 and 3)

  • cover the second year of the programme
  • 1,615 €  for semester 3 and 1,615 € during the Master Thesis

Master Thesis allowances

Work placement during semester 4 is generally paid. It is for instance legally compulsory to pay trainees at least 550 € per month in France. We’ll strive to ensure that our industrial and academic partners provide at least this amount to trainees as a minimum. Most of our industrial partners offer internships that provide substantial allowances packages above this minimum, and up to 1,200 € per month

Private scholarships
COSI scholarships coming from our industrial partners :
> Those are negotiated case by case

Additional financial support & scholarships

University Jean Monnet Foundation scholarships – “International attractiveness”

  • granted for the first year of the programme
  • 10,000 € granted to best applicants

University Jean Monnet Foundation scholarships – “International mobility”
(application during semester 2)

  • maximum of 3,000 € (project-based)

2 IDEXLYON scholarships :  

  • 800€/ month during 8 months : 8000€

2 EUR scholarships :  

  • 800€/ month during 8 months : 8000€

Eiffel scholarships

  • 1,1181 €  per month (total of 28,344 €) + travel expenses

MANUTECH SLEIGHT Graduate School scholarships

  • 8000€ (25% upon display of school certificate and a French Bank account, 25% paid in December, on condition of attendance at courses, 25% paid in March on condition of attendance at courses and 25% paid at the end of the academic year and will be conditioned to participation at all exams)
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