European Master of Science in Photonics

Two leading universities in the field of photonics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universiteit Gent, are collaborating to offer a joint European Master of Science in Photonics, providing a top-quality education in all aspects of photonics. The programme has a broad, multidisciplinary scope, while it also offers a wide variety of highly specialised elective courses.

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international opportunities

This Master's programme offers both EU and non-EU students the opportunity to enroll in an international programme and to spend a year in two of the three countries mentioned above. It’s a multi- disciplinary programme covering electrical engineering, basic physics, material technologies, electronics and applications in different fields.

Contact with different European cultures and languages

In addition, they will be brought into contact with several European cultures and languages and will get the chance to live in different European capitals (Brussels and Stockholm) and/or European cities (Gent, Edinburgh and Saint Andrews), cities with a rich cultural heritage.

For your master thesis you can travel to the following EMMP partner institutions who excel in photonics research:

  • Overseas partnership: National Taiwan University (R.O.C. Taiwan)
  • Associated European partners: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)

after your education


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for this challenge?

First step in the market

As an engineer and scientist with a solid knowledge in photonics and the ability to apply theory into design, realisation and management of photonic systems, you will find career opportunities in every corner of the world:

  • Research in high-technology companies
  • Research in academic laboratories and research institutes
  • Development of new photonic products in industry
  • Technical support in a company for its products

Technical marketing and sales in to photonics related industres

The VUB helps you to make your first step in the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips ‘n tricks for job interviews. All an ambitious student needs!

Continue studying

Photonics holds a bright future. For itself and for you. The qualification you obtain with this master is a joint degree awarded by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universiteit Gent. This degree stands for a firm basic knowledge and skills to apply to the design, realization and management of photonic systems for a broad range of application domains. As a graduate your career lies in research in high-tech companies or academic laboratories, in the development of new photonic products in industry, or in the technical support, marketing or sales in a business environment.

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