The European MSc. in Photonics is an English taught interuniversity programme of two years (*) which leads to a joint degree from Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Our programme is highly rated by alumni and industry alike, and is embedded in an excellent research environment. Tuition fees are moderate and opportunities for extra funding exist. We strive to provide a welcoming environment for everybody and also support alumni in their career. Both Ghent and Brussels have a vibrant cultural and social life and are conveniently located at the heart of Europe.
(*) 120 ECTS, but fast-track options exist for students with a 4-year bachelor with extensive photonics knowledge
- Core and advanced photonics courses complemented with electronics, physics, optics and engineering
- Strong focus on hands-on training in highly equipped research labs
- International experience and exchange opportunities with 20 partners
- Dynamic link with industry through lectures and internships
During the first year you can develop your skills in laser engineering, optical communication, optical materials, microphotonics and optical sensors. The first semester is devoted to the fundamental basics of photonics, while the second focuses on engineering skills and photonics applications. As this master is organised by two leading universities in Belgium, you have the possibility to follow courses entirely at UGent or to choose specific courses at VUB.
While during the first year students can follow courses at both UGent and VUB in Belgium, the second year has a more international character. The mandatory mobility tracks allow students to take courses and/or do a master thesis abroad, during one or two semesters. In addition, students can also opt for a 5 weeks industrial internship (4 ECTS) in Belgium or internationally, or go abroad for the 10-12 weeks internship (10 ECTS) in the photonics industry or a research institute.
“The master in photonics program appealed to me because it offered the best in both international experience and opportunity to research at the forefront of real applied science and engineering. ” (student Enda McCague, Ireland)
The European MSc. in Photonics has all the right ingredients to prepare you for a bright future. The valuable internships with industry and research institutes abroad enhance your employability significantly.
As consultant, engineer or researcher you might find yourself in the driver seat working domains as life sciences, biotechnology, telecommunications, sustainable energy, agrifood or Industry 4.0.
A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years full-time study or 180 ECTS credits) in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Electronics, Physics, Materials Science or a related discipline. Students in their last year of such a bachelor programme will also be considered.
Students who have already obtained a MSc. in Optics/Photonics who want to broaden their knowledge or students who have done at least a 4year BSc. in Optics/Photonics, can apply for a Fast Tack of the EMSP whereby the degree can be obtained in 1 year (60 ECTS)
Additionally, in order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English. For foreign students, the following shall be accepted as proof:
- TOEFL-TEST: iBTscore minimum 87;
- IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.0;
- Cambridge-ESOL: First Certificate in English (FCE).
HOW TO APPLY
In order to apply, you have to fill in the online application form and upload all required documents (1September for EEA* nationals, 1 April for non-EEA nationals). Students with a Flemish (Belgian) bachelor diploma can apply until 8 October 2019.
*EEA nationals: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Apply now for the European MSc. in Photonics at www.masterphotonics.be
Every academic year 5 UGent Photonics Excellence Grants are awarded to students of the European Master of Science in Photonics. Each scholarship offers the student an amount of 5 000 EUR per academic year.
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