• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and NETworks - PIXNET Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is a two-year programme aimed at training talented students in the design, creation and assessment of innovative integrated devices based on photonic technologies. 


The set of learning outcomes include the theoretical design of system/network devices, the design and simulation of a photonic integrated circuit, fabrication in a clean room facility and the packaging and final testing of the prototypes.

The Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and NETworks - PIXNET Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna intends to be an interdisciplinary, multi-national initiative, training young telecommunication and electrical engineers to investigate the adoption of Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) as the central element in the evolution of information and communication devices (e.g. Data Centers, mobile terminals, etc.).

PIXNET offer is very valuable for prospective new students, who will enjoy an extremely rich teaching programme, comprising traditional classes, experience in clean-room facilities and interaction with a very wide choice of associated partners.

PIXNET encompasses a wide range of topics and expertise related to the development of highly-skilled “photonic engineers for communication and sensing”. At the end of the learning activities, students will have mastered the following areas:Optical communication,Optical network architectures,Optical components, Optical signal processing and Photonic integration technologies.

 They will have acquired advanced optical networking skills and will be fully able to plan, design, manage and support photonic device technologies. Students will be capable of developing proper interdisciplinary connections between the areas of telecommunication networks, micro-opto-electronics, and systems design. They will acquire theoretical and practical design skills for the operation and maintenance of network systems and device fabrication. Regarding photonic integration, the exposure to different fabrication facilities will allow students to understand both the different technologic steps and the environment in which production platforms of integrated devices are standardized.

Programme Structure

  • The PIXNET study programme is divided into four semesters. 30 ECTS can be gained for each semester. The first three semesters are based on traditional courses, lab exercises and laboratory sessions, while the final semester is based on independent work related to the Master’s thesis.
  • Six different curricula are available depending on the mobility options selected, and each curriculum requires the completion of four modules, each corresponding to one semester. Except for mobility path n. 5, the first year of the Master's (i.e. the first and second semester of the Master's course) will be spent in the same Programme-country institution. The third semester of the Master's will be spent in a different institution, while the Master’s thesis can be done in the same or in another institution.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    • Programme - Country candidates: 15th March
    • Partner - Country candidates: 1st March
    • Programme / Partner - Country candidates without scholarships: 5th April
    • Local Path: 5th April
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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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  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    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

All applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS, in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecommunication Engineering, Physics, or other related scientific areas, which will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Selection Committees.

The general requirements for admission are:

  • The aforementioned relevant Bachelor's degree (or equivalent), based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality to be able to complete the PIXNET Master's programme.
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum.

This programme is taught in different countries. Which country are you interested in?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • Programme-Country: € 4.500,00 per year
  • Partner-country: € 9.000,00 per year

Living costs

  • Eindhoven, Netherlands

    850 - 1350 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom

    765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs
  • Pisa, Italy

    750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Osaka-shi, Japan

    105816 - 158430 JPY/month
    Living Costs

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


In order to encourage the participation of deserving applicants, the TeCIP Institute makes one scholarship available for the first year of the Programme, reserved to the first-ranked applicants. The scholarship covers the annual tuition fee to the Master’s (including national health and accident insurance), and provides a support of an annual support of € 6.000,00 for the board and lodging of the awarded student. For the second year of the Master’s Programme, the TeCIP Institute makes available one scholarship reserved to the student who registers the best academic performance in the first academic year. The scholarship offers in the same benefits as that of the first year grant.

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