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 courses, specialisation in a broad spectrum of advanced photonics courses, a secondary specialisation in a related field (multidisciplinary engineering modules) and a master’s dissertation. During the first year, the focus is on courses covering the fundamentals of photonics: light propagation in complex media, basic understanding of the properties of optical materials and lasers. Thereby both theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills are addressed. Students have the option to take year 1 in an online track. During the second year there is room for advanced photonics electives, multidisciplinary engineering courses and the master’s dissertation.
As photonics engineers mostly work in multidisciplinary environments where the knowledge and skills in other engineering domains are important assets, students can, besides further taking up specialized photonics electives, broaden their horizon by taking up one of the Engineering Modules. The modules on offer are: Electronics & Information Technology, Physics & Materials, Life Sciences and Business Engineering & Entrepreneurship
Students have a broad range of options for engaging in international mobility: Taking courses (30 credits) at a partner institute; carrying out their Master’s dissertation fully or partly at a partner institute (30 credits); courses (30 credits) AND master’s dissertation (30 credits) at a partner institute; carrying out a long internship (>10 weeks, 10 credits) at a company or research institute abroad.
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.