• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The European Master of Science in Photonics programme at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has a broad, multidisciplinary scope, while it also offers a wide variety of highly specialised elective courses. 

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!


The programme is accredited by NVAO (the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Introduction to Business Economics
  • Lasers
  • Mathematics in Protonics
  • Microphotonics
  • Optical Materials
  • Photonics
  • Business Aspects of Micro-electronics and Photonics
  • Laboratories in Photonics Research
  • Optical Communication Systems
For more info please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • Proof of English language skills
  • Bachelor degree in Electrical engineering or in (Applied) Physics or an equivalent such as Materials Science to be directly admitted to the program. Students in their last year of such a programme will also be considered.
  • Applicants holding a bachelor or master degree in another field of engineering are welcome to join the programme through a personalised preparatory programme. This preparatory programme can be combined with a specific bachelor or master programme. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    939 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 939 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    939 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 939 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Brussels

  • 885 - 1310 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


VUB Scholarships for European M.Sc. in Photonics

For the academic year 2018-2019 the VUB will grant several full scholarships of 10.000 EUR per year to students of this MSc. Every application will be screened on the basis of excellence and motivation.

B-PHOT Scholarships B-PHOT, Brussels Photonics Research group at VUB, offers 3 entry scholarships of 1.000 EUR are awarded at the begining of the 1st semester of th master. Three continuation scholarships of 1.500 EUR are offered at the start of the 2nd semester to the top 3 students according to their performance in the 1st semester. Finally, one excellence scholarship worth 5.000 EUR will be offered to the best performing student at the start of the 2nd MSc year.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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