The European Master of Science in Photonics is a two year (120 credits) English taught programme, based on four pillars: a strong backbone of core photonics, specialisation in a broad spectrum of advanced photonics, a secondary specialisation in a related field (telecom, biomedical engineering etc.) and a master’s dissertation.
Track 1: Courses (30 credits) are taken at a European partner institute during first semester. Master’s dissertation (30 credits) is carried out at UGent or VUB during second semester.
Track 2: Courses (30 credits) are taken at VUB and/or UGent during first semester. Master’s dissertation (30 credits) is carried out at a European partner institute during second semester.
Track 3: Courses (30 credits) AND master’s dissertation (30 credits) are carried out at a European partner institute during first and second semester.
Track 4: The student carries out a long internship (>10 weeks, 10 credits) at a company or research institute abroad. Courses (20 credits) and master’s dissertation (30 credits) are taken at VUB and/or UGent during first and second semester.
Track 5: This track is only accessible for students who followed their first master year abroad and who follow the European Master of Science in Photonics programme in the context of a collaboration agreement (e.g. a double degree agreement). Students in this track can take all their courses and master’s dissertation at UGent and/or VUB.
About the partner institutes: The programme has set up collaborations with a number of European universities and research institutes offering high quality programmes in photonics. Some of these partner institutes offer a full programme (courses + dissertation) while others offer only courses or only a dissertation. For the partner institutes offering courses the programme board has preselected a number of specialised photonics courses and multi-disciplinary courses from which the student can easily construct a programme fulfilling the requirements. The partner institutes are geographically spread over Europe and have their own specific profile allowing the student to specialise in virtually any subdiscipline of photonics. More details about the partner institutes can be found on the website of the programme (www.masterphotonics.be). At the end the master, a summer symposium is organised, bringing together all students at a single location. At this symposium the second master students present their master’s dissertation and lectures will be held by leading international experts in photonics.
The master's dissertation is an original work about a specific topic in photonics. In general it consists of a literature study combined with practical work in the form of simulation, modelling, fabrication and/or measurements of photonic components. The completion of the master's dissertation is a requirement to obtain the degree of master of science in photonics engineering.
The aim of this master’s programme is to form engineers and scientists with solid basic knowledge in the field of photonics and with the skills to apply this knowledge to the design, realisation and the management of photonic systems for a broad range of application domains.