24 months
980 EUR/year
980 EUR/year
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Photonics Engineering at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)  is an English-taught 2-year master programme (120 ECTS) that leads to a joint degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University.

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The Master of Science in Photonics Engineering at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)  offers students a challenging engineering programme that combines core photonics courses with a whole range of photonics electives and multidisciplinary modules, e.g. Electronics and Information Technology, Physics and Materials, Business Engineering, Modelling, Measurement and Control and Life Sciences.

Key facts:

This multidisciplinary approach combined with high-level training in labs and a strong international component has proven to boost the employment prospects of our graduates to a maximum in innovative industries and research domains such as biotechnology, health care, green energy, ICT and Industry 4.0.

The programme offers a fully residential on-campus track and a semi-online track. In the residential on-campus track, students spend both master year 1 and master year 2 on-campus. In master year 1, students take core photonics courses in semester 1 & 2 at VUB or UGent, supplemented by a number of advanced photonics electives.


All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards. Alongside this official quality control system, VUB has an internal Quality Control Commission in charge of permanently monitoring the quality of education.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Lasers
  • Optical Materials
  • Photonics
  • Mathematics in Photonics
  • Laboratories in Photonics Research
  • Business Aspects of Micro-electronics and Photonics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • bachelor or master degree in (Applied) Physics/Electrical Engineering/Materials Science
  • bachelor or master degree in another scientific field will also be considered based on pre-knowledge
  • A diploma of secondary education awarded by the Flemish, French-speaking of German-speaking community 
  • A diploma of secondary or higher education with English as the language of instruction (please provide proof of this)
  • TOEFL IBT (or TOEFL IBT Home Edition) with minimum level: 79 (Institution code 6740)
  • IELTS (or IELTS Indicator) with minimum overall score: 6.5
  • ITACE with minimum level: B2
  • Cambridge English Qualification Scale with the following minimal level: 170

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 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 Master of Science in Photonics Engineering 
  • VUB B-PHOT Excellence Scholarships

More information on https://www.vub.be/en/scholarships#master-of-science-in-photonics-engineering 

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