Pr. Emmanuel LE CLEZIO
Université de Montpellier
Institut d’électronique
860 rue de Saint-Priest, CC05003
34095 Montpellier Cedex 05
Bat. 5 – Etg. 3 Bureau 110
Tel : 33(0)4 67 14 32 07/33(0)7 76 11 23 42

Pr. Denis MOTTET
Université de Montpellier
700 Avenue du Pic Saint Loup
34090 Montpellier, France
Fax : 33(0) 411 759 050

Madame FABRY Claudie
CC 92000 Place Eugène Bataillon
34095 Montpellier Cedex 5
Tél : 33(0)4 67 14 96 21

Organization of the curriculum

The Master is organized in 4 semesters (from S1 to S4), structured in TU (teaching units) compulsory or to be chosen. Each TU has a credit value (ECTS). Each semester is validated by 30 ECTS and the Master diploma is obtained after having validated 120 ECTS.


Because of the high heterogeneity of the recruited student populations, the first year of the Master (M1)  starts fifteen days before the M2. These two weeks are used to present to the students the basic skills that will be considered as acquired in the teaching units of the specialty. While they are not associated with any ECTS credits, the prolegomena of Mathematics, Electronics, Biology and Health are however compulsory and allow students self-assessment. For example, the mathematical prolegomena are organized around three main themes, complex numbers, linear algebra and analysis (differentiation, integration and differential equations), which will find their applications in specific TU such as Sensors or Robotics.

M1: Master first year

  • S1: first semester
    Due to the heterogeneity of the courses followed by students recruited in the first year of the IDS specialty, two specific courses are offered. The first provides students with a basic knowledge in electronics in association with teaching units made jointly with the Master EEA ( These are, in particular, the “Analogic Electronics” and the “Acquisition and Signal Processing” TUs. Courses with similar content but with an adapted pedagogy are taught to students from the Biology and Health programs. Reinforced by a module entitled “Mathematics / Statistics / Data Analysis”, these TUs form the first scientific part of the training. In parallel, it is supplemented by specific courses in the field of health provided to the entire promotion within the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier. These TU are: “Structures and health issues” and “Scope of ICT in Health”. This last unit of teaching takes the form of conferences/debates taking place every Tuesday evening and carried out by national health professionals. Videos of these evenings are visible on the training website (
  • S2: Second semesterThe second semester is also the last in which the promotion of students is divided into specific courses allowing a differentiated approach of the concepts of Image, Sensors or Robotics.

Some specialization is then offered to students through two elective teaching units concerning “Medical Robotics”, “Neuro-Prostheses” or “Sensors for the Medical”. An internship of 3 to 4 months in research laboratory, health structure or company completes the first year.

M2: Master second year

After a first year of specialized courses, the students follow in common the lessons of the second year of the Master.

  • S3: First semester
    The TU of the M2 first semester are devoted to the reinforcement of the specialty modules discussed in the M1. These are “Sensor and Instrumentation”, “Modeling / Regulation” and “Microfabrication / Microfluidics”.In order to allow the student to pursue a specialization of some of his skills, two TU are also to choose among: “Medical Robotics 2”, “Neuro-Prosthesis 2” and “IR Thermography & Optical Detectors” .
  • S4: Second semester
    The last semester of the Master is dedicated to the professionalization through teaching units dealing with the industrial world (“Knowledge of business/Legal and Ethics”) and Research (“Bibliographic analysis/Scientific watch “). An internship of 4 to 6 months in a company, hospital or laboratory closes the training.

Professionalizing Teaching Units

The specialty of “Engineering of Devices for Health” of the Master “Sciences and Numérique for Health” is articulated around professional teaching units aiming at providing students, according to their professional objectives, a good knowledge of the industrial environment or academic.

Over the two years of the Master’s degree, four professionalizing TU are thus proposed in the form of projects (or discontinuous courses) corresponding to three half-days per week from the beginning of October to the end of March and possibly continuing through the three to six months internship proposed at the end of each year. They allow students, depending on their choices and opportunities, to have access to four different institutions and thus obtain a diversified experience or, on the contrary, to specialize over the two years in a particular field.

The following list presents a sample of the topics of projects and/or internships completed by IDS students:

  • Characterization of blood properties: Study of the coagulation phenomenon,
  • Feasibility study of the characterization of the viscoelastic properties of the blood before and during the coagulation cascade by ultrasonic methods,
  • Study of per and postoperative cardiac pain,
  • Effect of mechanical stress on stem cell differentiation,
  • Realization of microfluidic circuits for cell culture,
  • Yeast cell culture in micro-fluidic circuits,
  • Nanofluidic circuits for DNA combing,
  • Functional electric stimulation,
  • Curcumin insulin-stimulating plant substance of interest,
  • Markers of functional asymmetries in the case of lateralized fatigue,
  • Programming in C language of the interface of an endoscope door dedicated to the endoscopic surgery of the sinuses and the base of the skull.

The majority of these professionalizing internships stays take place within research laboratories of the University of Montpellier or in an industrial environment.