20 Masters Programs in Photonics

Generally requiring two years of full-time study, a master’s degree is the next complete educational achievement above the bachelor’s level. Master’s programs often accept a limited number of applicants, so undergraduate students should keep their grades high to increase their chance of admission. What is a Master in Photonics? Students who come from engineering or physical scien… Read more

Generally requiring two years of full-time study, a master’s degree is the next complete educational achievement above the bachelor’s level. Master’s programs often accept a limited number of applicants, so undergraduate students should keep their grades high to increase their chance of admission.

What is a Master in Photonics? Students who come from engineering or physical science backgrounds may have taken courses that touched on luminance, but a master’s program prepares them for more in-depth, focused studies on the subject. Coursework includes a combination of academic analysis of light-related topics along with lab activities to practice the concepts as they’re learned. Work is completed both individually as well as in groups.

Job opportunities are improved for master’s graduates as they are better prepared to handle technical aspects of lasers, spectroscopy and optics. The master’s program will help the student understand both the theory and application of photonics, thereby preparing the graduate in both scientific and engineering aspects of the specialty.

Costs vary depending on the school and its location. Applicants should compare the prices of tuition and fees across various institutions to choose the program that both meets their budget and educational needs.

Graduates who go into the industry often work for communications, health care or solar energy companies. They may also find employment for a device manufacturer handling product development or as part of a team to facilitate documentation and marketing efforts. In the communications realm, they often collaborate with engineers from other disciplines, such as civil and electrical, and may interface with government and planning officials. Graduates who continue their education enter specialties of burgeoning research led by some of the world’s top universities.

Schools offering master’s programs in photonics are located around the world, but a significant cluster of quality programs can be found in central and northern Europe. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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University of Eastern Finland
Joensuu, Finland

We are a European academic consortium offering the Master Degree PSRS, designed and operated by a unique world-leading university-business cooperation of 4 European universiti ... +

We are a European academic consortium offering the Master Degree PSRS, designed and operated by a unique world-leading university-business cooperation of 4 European universities, 26 academic partners and 24 industrial leaders across the globe. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2020
Campus
 
Université Jean Monnet - Faculté des Sciences et Techniques
Saint-Étienne, France +3 More

Two-year (120 ECTS) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, aiming to train the next generation of highly-skilled experts in advanced imaging technologies, cutting-edge image proc ... +

Two-year (120 ECTS) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, aiming to train the next generation of highly-skilled experts in advanced imaging technologies, cutting-edge image processing, computational imaging, artificial intelligence technologies, biometrics, pattern recognition, behavioral analysis, spectrometry methodologies, photonics-based sensors, micro-nano-technologies, laser processing and surface functionalization to address the current and future societal challenges related to security and safety of people, goods and environment. https://www.master-photonics4security.eu/ Contact us @ master.PSRS@univ-st-etienne.fr -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
14 Feb 2020
Campus
 
The Abbe School of Photonics
Jena, Germany

The Master of Science in Photonics (M.Sc. Photonics) is a Master's degree course providing multidisciplinary coverage in the field of optics and photonics. The two-year progra ... +

The Master of Science in Photonics (M.Sc. Photonics) is a Master's degree course providing multidisciplinary coverage in the field of optics and photonics. The two-year program comprises four educational stages. The course schedule ranges from fundamental scientific subjects to application-oriented photonics engineering aspects. The program is designed to incorporate students of different backgrounds and nationalities and provides them with a solid knowledge in optics and photonics for scientific research and for its technological applications in industry. All students enrolled in the two-year program receive dedicated tutorial support and are trained for leading positions in industry and academia. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Oct 2020
Campus
 
Max Planck School of Photonics
Erlangen, Germany +2 More

During the study phase, students undergo a full-time Master's program at one of the three teaching universities within the Max Plank School of Photonics network, thus either t ... +

During the study phase, students undergo a full-time Master's program at one of the three teaching universities within the Max Plank School of Photonics network, thus either the M.Sc. Advanced Optical Technologies - MAOT program at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the M.Sc. Photonics - ASP program in Jena, or the M.Sc. Optics and Photonics - KSOP program in Karlsruhe. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
15 Dec 2020
Campus
 
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, Netherlands

To prepare for an informed decision for a subsequent Ph.D. project in one of the Photonics groups, the student will, during the Master phase, acquire a broad view of the scope ... +

To prepare for an informed decision for a subsequent Ph.D. project in one of the Photonics groups, the student will, during the Master phase, acquire a broad view of the scope of the Research in Photonics at the COBRA Research Institute. Students obtain maximum influence on their Ph.D. project, which may include the writing of their research proposal. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)
Moscow, Russia

Photonics and quantum materials are among the most important areas of modern science and technology. Our MSc program provides world-class education and research in photonics, ... +

Photonics and quantum materials are among the most important areas of modern science and technology. Our MSc program provides world-class education and research in photonics, biophotonics and nanoelectronics – our students will be prepared to apply fundamental science and engineering approaches to higher-level research and industrial tasks. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
16 Jul 2020
Campus
 
Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Ghent, Belgium

The EMSP is a challenging & multidisciplinary engineering master at a top-100 university in the heart of Europe which covers all aspects of optics & photonics and has ... +

The EMSP is a challenging & multidisciplinary engineering master at a top-100 university in the heart of Europe which covers all aspects of optics & photonics and has a dedicated focus on hands-on technical and advanced research skills. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Warsaw University of Technology
Warsaw, Poland

MECHThe program of the second cycle full-time studies in the field of Photonics Engineering specialization is developed as a high-quality educational offer in the area of mode ... +

MECHThe program of the second cycle full-time studies in the field of Photonics Engineering specialization is developed as a high-quality educational offer in the area of modern optics, photonics and optomechatronics. -
MSc
Full-time
3 semesters
English
Campus
 
Tampere University
Tampere, Finland

Our two-year Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics Technologies provides you with in-depth knowledge of photonics ranging from fundamental light-matter interactions, laser ph ... +

Our two-year Master’s Degree Programme 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. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)
Dijon, France

The proposed master program aims at training students in fundamental, both theoretical and experimental, physics with applications in photonics, nanotechnology, and quantum te ... +

The proposed master program aims at training students in fundamental, both theoretical and experimental, physics with applications in photonics, nanotechnology, and quantum technologies. This combination, innovative at the level of a master program, is well-aligned with priority investments in research at the European and international level, with thematic areas of the growing demand for highly trained students, able to embark on a doctoral program. This two-year master program, fully taught in English for international students, is part of the Graduate School of Sciences of the University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC). It consists of both lessons and research project (3 months during the first year) / internship (5 months during the second year). This training program will be based on the internationally highly recognized research activities of the underlying laboratories ICB, Dijon and FEMTO-ST, Besançon. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
19 Jun 2020
Campus
 
University of Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France

This international Master program focuses on knowledge and innovation in light sciences and technologies, providing a multidisciplinary environment for high-level research and ... +

This international Master program focuses on knowledge and innovation in light sciences and technologies, providing a multidisciplinary environment for high-level research and education. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

This MSc provides postgraduate vocational training in lasers, optics, and semiconductors tailored to the needs of those seeking to enter a photonics-based industry and univers ... +

This MSc provides postgraduate vocational training in lasers, optics, and semiconductors tailored to the needs of those seeking to enter a photonics-based industry and university research. Students benefit from classes using the expertise at St Andrews and Heriot-Watt universities, followed by an around 3.5-month project, often with a UK photonics company. The industrial project allows real-world application of the material covered at the universities and gives valuable experience in commercial photonics. -
MSc
Full-time
English
14 Sep 2020
15 Apr 2020
Campus
 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels, Belgium

This multidisciplinary master offers a challenging engineering programme with skills development like laser engineering, optical communication, optical materials, microphotoni ... +

This multidisciplinary master offers a challenging engineering programme with skills development like laser engineering, optical communication, optical materials, microphotonics and optical sensors. Next to the fundamental science of photonics, students receive an in-depth training in engineering of light-based phenomena and systems from a dedicated team of professors with an impressive track record in photonics and optics research. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
21 Sep 2020
01 Apr 2020
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

The Master's programme in Photonics at Lund University provides in-depth understanding of optics and laser technology, practical experience of optical design, practical experi ... +

The Master's programme in Photonics at Lund University provides in-depth understanding of optics and laser technology, practical experience of optical design, practical experience in an optics and laser laboratory and in-depth knowledge of important photonics applications (e.g. communication or medical optics). -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Universidade da Coruña
Ferrol, Spain

Structure of the study Obligatory subjects Physics of lasers Chemical and environmental applications of lasers Laboratory of fundamentals of lasers

Structure of the study Obligatory subjects Physics of lasers Chemical and environmental applications of lasers Laboratory of fundamentals of lasers -
Master
Full-time
Spanish
Campus