12 months
4150 EUR/year
1660 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The goal of the master’s degree in Photonics from University of Barcelona's School of Telecommunications Engineering is to provide students with a solid grounding in the various areas of photonics and with the tools they need to become researchers or entrepreneurs in this field. 



The most important institutions carrying out research in photonics in the Barcelona area, namely, the UAB, the UB, the UPC and the ICFO, participate in this he master’s degree in Photonics from University of Barcelona's School of Telecommunications Engineering and offer comprehensive training that covers theoretical and applied topics. 

From September to December, all courses are taught on the UB (Barcelona) and UAB (Bellaterra) campuses. From December to April, all courses are taught on the UPC’s North Campus (Barcelona).

Laboratory practicals, seminars, visits and master’s theses, however, may be carried out at any of the four participating institutions.

Professional opportunities

The particular fields that students may be employed in once they graduate are proliferating, given the interdisciplinary nature and increasing relevance of photonics, which has been selected as one of five Key Enabling Technologies for the future of the European Union. The master’s degree in Photonics complements bachelor’s degrees in the sciences (particularly physics) and engineering (particularly engineering physics, telecommunications engineering, electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering and optics, as well as related fields such as nanophotonics and bioengineering) and provides broader and more specific training on scientific advances and interdisciplinary technologies. Career prospects may include the following:• Taking a doctoral degree in Photonics, Optics, Physics, Optical Engineering, Nanophotonics, Biophotonics, Telecommunications, Electronics, Imaging, Quantum Information, etc.• Participating in doctoral programmes, R&D and innovation programmes in companies, basic or applied research centres and universities.• Joining a large company as a consultant or engineer on photonics-related topics, applications development engineer, sales specialist or laboratory consultant.• Working as a freelance advisor or consultant on photonics-related subjects.• Working in highly specialised technical positions for controlling services such as microscopy, X-ray diffraction, thin films, etc.• Participating in (and promoting) spin-offs and other small technology-based companies.• Joining the education system for high-level training in the field of photonics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Active and Spectral Imaging
  • Advanced Quantum Optics with Applications
  • Beam Propagation and Fourier Optics
  • Business and Patents in Photonics
  • Fibers and Telecommunications
  • From Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Atoms to Bose-Einstein Condensates

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A letter of recommendation from a person with a scientific or academic background in the field of optics/photonics or a related discipline who has interacted with the student.
  • Professional experience in the field of optics/photonics or a related discipline.
  • Proof of scientific activity in the field of optics/photonics, such as collaboration with established research groups, scientific publications and presentations at conferences.
  • A personal interview with the admissions committee (if necessary).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4150 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4150 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1660 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1660 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Barcelona

770 - 1360 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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