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Programme Outline

The European MSc. in Photonics is an English taught interuniversity programme of two years (120 ECTS) which leads to a joint degree from Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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.

This programme prepares students for a professional career in innovative industries and research domains such as biotechnology, health care, green energy, ICT and Industry 4.0.


• Core and advanced photonics courses

• Specialized courses in electronics, physics, optics and engineering

• Strong focus on hands-on training in photonics skills

• Master thesis project in highly equipped research labs

• International experience and mobility


During the first year  master students can take up both mandatory and elective courses at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University. They can choose to follow one semester at one university and the second semester at the other university. This ‘internal’ mobility allows students to enrich their experience at two leading Belgian universities.

The second year  holds a mandatory international mobility component.  Students can model their own programme by choosing one of the mobility tracks presented below.  They can spend one semester following courses or do a master thesis at an international partner university. Alternatively, students can extend their stay by doing both a master thesis and follow courses during two semesters. For industrials internships, there is a 5 up to 12 weeks schedule as preferred, in the photonics industry or in a research institute.

We invite you to visit the VUB programme page  for the most recent update on the programme with full details and ECTS of all compulsory and elective courses, work college or hands-on laboratory. 

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Hugo Thienpont
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