Photonics Technologies

Tampere University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2023
Tampere University

About this program

Photonics Technologies

Our two-year Master’s Degree program in Photonics Technologies provides you with in-depth knowledge of photonics ranging from fundamental light-matter interactions, laser physics and nonlinear dynamics to the design of optical systems, semiconductor technologies, advanced nanofabrication methods and measurement techniques.

Our education is based on long-standing research in photonics. Tampere University coordinates the prestigious Finnish Academy Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation, PREIN, which is a national ecosystem and hub for high-quality research and proven societal impact.

Theoretical knowledge is put into practice through experiments and hands-on laboratory assignments to develop both research and engineering skills. The program includes close collaboration with industry and regular seminars on emerging research areas. We offer two specialisations: Photonics Materials and Ultrafast Photonics and Lasers. You will also be able to choose electives from among the wide array of courses offered by Tampere University.

Our extensive international networks offer you the opportunity to spend some time in other renowned institutions to further enrich your international experience. We are a partner in the joint Erasmus Mundus master's program EUROPHOTONICS and Photonics Technologies students may also go for Erasmus exchange in the European partner universities.

Your master’s thesis can be completed at the University or while working for an industrial partner.

After completing the program, you will understand the role of photonics in society, have the required intercultural skills and international experience, and will be prepared for a career as a high-tech expert in industry. You may also opt for an academic career.

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Admission requirements

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a master’s program at Tampere University, you must have:

1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree

  • an applicable bachelor’s degree at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland
  • a bachelor's degree completed in a university outside Finland which provides eligibility for equivalent University master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
    • with a minimum scope of 180 ECTS credits, three to four years of full-time study
    • from a relevant field for the master’s degree program that you’re applying to
    • from a recognised institution of higher education

2. A good command of the English language for academic purposes.

Program-specific eligibility criteria

The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's program you are applying to. In the Master’s program in Photonics Technologies the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:

  • Physics, Optics, Photonics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Materials Science. Applicants with other BSc degrees in related fields may be considered.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The compulsory basic studies of the Master’s program provide an introduction to the field of photonics and allow students to acquire prerequisite knowledge for pursuing more advanced studies. The module also provides you with other necessary skills, such as the basics of the Finnish language and guidance for thesis writing. The specialisation areas available in the program provide in-depth knowledge of photonics from different perspectives in two focus areas, Photonic Materials and Ultrafast Photonics and Lasers.

Hands-on laboratory assignments, where theoretical knowledge is put into practice, are an important aspect of the program and develop both your research and engineering skills and prepare you to pursue a career in academia or industry. The program also includes frequent interactions with industry and regular seminars on newly emerging research areas and technologies.

Students enrolled in the international Master’s program in Photonics Technologies complete an extended advanced study module of 90 credits in photonics. In addition, students are required to write a master's thesis relating to the field of their advanced studies (30 credits). Students have the opportunity to complete their master’s thesis within the framework of an academic research project or an industrial project. Students who complete extended advanced studies in photonics (60 credits), are not required to complete a minor study module.

Tampere University offers students the opportunity to pursue a broad and cross-disciplinary education. Students have the option to include another study module of 20 credits in their degree. As this study module may be freely selected, it allows students to direct their expertise towards their desired career path or field of interest. Students can choose their electives from a wide variety of courses. You take take courses from different disciplines within the University and include elements of applied sciences and university studies in your degree.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Degree earned

Master of Science (Technology)

Extent of studies

120 ECTS

Study objectives

The international Master’s program in Photonics Technologies provides students with in-depth knowledge of photonics as a whole, from the most fundamental concepts to advanced technologies. The program provides the necessary background and expertise for graduates to become technology experts, researchers, or managers. Students receive multidisciplinary education in the field of photonics, ranging from light-matter interactions and laser physics to the design of optical systems, semiconductor technologies, advanced nanofabrication methods and measurement techniques. With the option to specialise either in Ultrafast Photonics and Lasers or Materials for Photonics, our program provides a unique opportunity for students to become experts in these rapidly expanding areas where we have world-leading expertise.

After completing the Master’s program in Photonics Technologies, students will

  • have solid overall knowledge of photonics and be able to understand the role of photonics in current and future societal challenges
  • have expert knowledge in a well-defined area within photonics, materials for photonics, or ultrafast photonics and lasers
  • have an understanding of the interface between fundamental optical phenomena, optical materials and modern photonics technologies
  • be familiar with the principles of experimental work and the ability to work in a laboratory, design experimental setups and conduct experiments
  • be able to apply scientific methods to interpret information, draw conclusions from scientific analysis and report the results
  • be able to use language, communication and collaborative skills in scientific research and an industrial environment
  • has acquired the skills to work in an international and multicultural environment

Continuing studies

After complementing the program, our graduates will be eligible to continue their studies towards a PhD in photonics.

Career paths

Industry careers in photonics may, for example, involve research and development or engineering in companies that manufacture new products for construction, telecommunications and medicine. Our graduates will typically pursue careers in the areas of networks, semiconductor technology, fiber and integrated optics, optoelectronics and software.

The degree will provide you with a wide range of career options that will be defined at the final stages of your studies and the master’s thesis phase. By making specific choices during your studies, you will be able to tailor your degree towards your desired career path.

Our University enjoys international recognition for its expertise in photonics, and light-based technologies is one of the research priority areas of Tampere University. Thanks to our top-quality research, our graduates may continue working in academia as scientists or pursue a doctoral degree. The University offers its own internal funding program for doctoral studies.

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