Master of Science in Photonics Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2 years
Full time
Master's degree

About this program

Master of Science in Photonics Engineering

The photonics master's programme combines core photonics courses with a wide range of advanced photonics elective courses and multidisciplinary minors, e.g., electronics and information technology, physics and materials, business engineering, modelling, measurement and control and life sciences. This multidisciplinary approach, combined with high-level training in labs and a strong link with industry worldwide, has proven to boost the employment prospects of our graduates in innovative industries and research domains such as biotechnology, healthcare, green energy and environmental monitoring, homeland security, aerospace, ICT and Industry 4.0.

At VUB B-PHOT, Brussels Photonics, you will be trained by professors and professionals with impressive track records in optics and photonics. This leading research group has over 30 years of experience in photonics research and applications. A team of 60 researchers will submerge you in the fascinating world of light and teach you how photonics affects things like the internet, smartphones, road traffic, aviation, food safety, disease diagnosis, etc. At VUB B-PHOT, we tell the story of light, not only by teaching the next generation and doing fundamental research in the Photonics Innovation Center, but also by leading large-scale European projects and working closely with research centers and companies from all over the world to share, validate and implement our knowledge to better the world in a spectacular way.

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Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

      • Bachelor or master degree in (Applied) Physics/Photonics/Optics/Electrical Engineering/Materials Science or related 
      • bachelor or master degree in another scientific field will also be considered based on pre-knowledge 

Language requirements:

    • Proof of English proficiency is compulsory and can be documented by the following certificates (provided by the institution):

    • having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as the sole language of instruction;
    • having successfully completed Belgian secondary education;
    • A language test: TOEFL IBT (min. 79), IELTS (min. 6.5), ITACE (min. B2) or Cambridge English (min. scale score 170) are accepted.

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    Program content

    Common General Compulsory Courses

    • Introduction to Business
    • Lasers
    • Optical Materials
    • Photonics
    • Mathematics in Photonics
    • Laboratories in Photonics Research
    • Business Aspects of Micro-electronics and Photonics
    • Optical Communication Systems
    • Sensors and Microsystem Electronics
    • Physics of Semiconductor Technologies and Devices
    • Microphotonics
    • Recent trends in Photonics

    Advanced Photonics Electives

    • Introduction to Quantum Physics for Electrical Engineering
    • Micro- and nanophotonic semiconductor devices
    • Optical Sensors
    • Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
    • Quantum optics
    • Internship in Photonics
    • Photonic Integrated Circuits
    • Biophotonics
    • Display Technology
    • High Speed Photonic Components
    • Non-linear optics
    • Optical Spectroscopy of Materials
    • Design of Refractive and Diffractive Optical Imaging Systems
    • Optical Design of Non-Imaging Systems with Ray-tracing software

    Multidisciplinary Engineering Electives

    • Module Modeling, Measuring and Control Systems
    • Module Electronics and Information Technology
    • Module Physics and Materials
    • Module Life Sciences
    • Module Business Engineering

    Master Thesis Project - 2nd year of the model learning track

    • Master Thesis Project

    Scholarships & funding

    Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

    Program delivery


    The full tuition fee for both EEA and NON-EEA students is 1,092 Euro per year.


    Continuing studies

    Career paths

    Professional Orientation Year

    As of 15 August 2021, non-EU/EEA students are eligible for a stay of 12 months to search for a job in Belgium or to carry out an independent activity. Find more information on the university website.

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    About this institute

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    VUB is a public and modern university located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Ranked as one of the world’s top universities, it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English. The University counts over 22,000...

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    It goes without saying that Brussels offers unique career opportunities. As the home to more than 2,000 international organisations and companies, it offers a wide range of internship possibilities and future career options. Flagship areas include ICT and communication, life tech, finance and law consulting, communications and media agencies, and creative industries.

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    VUB offers a full range of programmes taught in English where the key concept is flexibility. A system of majors and minors enables students to plan and personalise their curriculum in a way that best meets their interests.

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    Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    Pleinlaan 2
    1050 Brussels

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