MINES Saint-Étienne

Master Mathematical Imaging and Spatial Pattern Analysis (MISPA)

The Master MISPA is a spe­ci­fic track of master’s degree in Optics, Image, Vision, Multimedia and leads to the award of the French natio­nal diplo­ma of Master in Optics, Image, Vision, Multimedia (OIVM). The mas­ter pro­gramme OIVM is hold by the fol­lo­wing ins­ti­tu­tions which are co‐​accredited by the french Ministery of Higher Education and Research : University Jean Monnet Saint‐​Etienne /​ Faculty of Sciences and Techniques, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mines de Saint‐​Etienne, Institut d’Optique Graduate School and Ecole Centrale de Lyon.

A one‐​year pro­gram taught in English desi­gned to pro­vide the basic and advan­ced know­ledge in Mathematical Image and Geometric Pattern Sciences. Emphasis is pla­ced on the mathe­ma­ti­cal and com­pu­ta­tio­nal aspects.

Applicants should hold :

  • A com­ple­ted first year Master in Mathematics or Computer Sciences.
  • An engi­nee­ring degree (or a regis­tra­tion in the final year in one French gra­duate School).
  • An accep­table equi­va­lent diploma.

Admission :

  • File selec­tion and moti­va­tio­nal interview.
  • The deci­sion of the admis­sion com­mit­tee will be com­mu­ni­ca­ted to each applicant.

The mas­ter pro­gram is equal­ly open to qua­li­fied French and inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents with outs­tan­ding aca­de­mic records who can demons­trate their abi­li­ty to fol­low courses in both English and French.

Theoretical modules with trai­ning sessions :

  • Image mode­ling, image pro­ces­sing and image analysis.
  • Color and mul­tis­pec­tral image processing.
  • Advanced mathe­ma­ti­cal imaging.
  • Geometry for spa­tial pat­tern mode­ling and analysis.

Tutored labo­ra­to­ry project :

  • Literature sur­vey on a selec­ted topic
  • Theoretical and prac­ti­cal research work with theo­re­ti­cal and practical
  • Project defense in March (report and oral examination).

A 6 months in a com­pa­ny R&D cen­ter or in a research laboratory :

  • Each M. Sc. Student is super­vi­sed by a Professor and an inter­n­ship scientist.
  • The inter­n­ship leads to a writ­ten M. Sc. Thesis to be defen­ded in September during an oral examination.
  • Application : from March to end of August
  • Academic courses : October‐January
  • Tutored labo­ra­to­ry pro­ject : February‐March
  • Research inter­n­ship : April‐September

Rooms and stu­dios at École des Mines de Saint‐​Étienne student resi­dence on the cam­pus, depen­ding on vacant places.

  • Doctorate in Image and Patten Sciences.
  • Jobs in R&D, engi­nee­ring, and consulting.


Responsable du master

Johan Debayle
École des mines de Saint‐Étienne
Phone : +33 4 42 02 19

Contact administratif


Application Form - Incoming Student
(formulaire de candidature)

Fact sheet for international students (PDF)