24 months
980 EUR/year
980 EUR/year
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Our Master of Science in Photonics Engineering combines core photonics, advanced photonics electives with interdisciplinary modules such as physics and materials, business engineering and modeling. Bridge physics, engineering & photonics!


Bridging physics, engineering and photonics. The Master of Science in Photonics Engineering programme is a 2-year, English-taught, inter-university master programme organised jointly by VUB and Ghent University (UGent).*

The programme offers a fully residential on-campus track and a semi-online track. In the residential on-campus track, you'll spend both master year 1 and master year 2 on campus. In master year 1, you'll receive core photonics courses in semester 1 & 2 at VUB or UGent, supplemented by a number of advanced photonics electives. In master year 2, you can design your own programme by combining:

  • Advanced photonics courses at VUB, UGent or partner universities,
  • Multidisciplinary modules at VUB, UGent or partner universities,
  • Strong international components for the master dissertation or research exchange,
  • Opportunities for (international) internships at research institutes or industry.

In your second year, you have the option to continue your studies at VUB or UGent or go for an Erasmus exchange programme at one of our partner institutions for a semester or a full year, or to take courses and/or write your master's thesis. VUB and UGent work closely with top partner universities worldwide. This allows you to design your personal exchange programme aligned with your focus and interests.

In the online track, master year 1 takes place fully online. For master year 2, you'll have to attend courses at VUB or UGent.


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.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

1. for international students 

  • preferred background: bachelor or master degree in (Applied) Physics/Photonics/Optics/Electrical Engineering/Materials Science or related 
  • bachelor or master degree in another scientific field will also be considered based on pre-knowledge 

ALL international applicants must submit their initial application through the MSPE pre-admission platform.  Each applicant who meets the academic threshold will be invited for a technical interview. 

2. for Belgian degree holders 

  • bachelor or master degree in Electrical or (Applied) Physics Engineering/Materials Science have direct access 
  • bachelor or master degree in Architecture, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, industrial Science - Electronics/ICT, Engineering Science or KMS Polytechnical Department can apply for the preparatory programme of 30 ECTS 

Belgian degree holders can apply directly via the central admissions platform. 

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 

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.

Our partners

Photonics Engineering
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)


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