M.Sc. On Campus Blended

Photonics Engineering

24 months
962 EUR/year
962 EUR/year
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The MSc. in Photonics Engineering is an English taught interuniversity programme of two years (120 ECTS) which leads to a joint degree from Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


Key facts

This multidisciplinary master in Photonics Engineering at Ghent University is a 2-year interuniversity English taught master programme organized jointly by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University.*

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.

In master year 2 students can design their own programme 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.
  • For their second year students can continue their studies at VUB or UGent or they can go for an Erasmus Exchange at one of our partner institutions for a semester or a full your year to take courses and/or write their master thesis.


    Our photonics courses and curriculum were audited by CTI (Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur), as part of the EUR-ACE® quality audit carried out by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).


    Programme Structure

    Courses include:
    • Optical Materials
    • Microphotonics
    • Lasers
    • Introduction to Business Economics (VUB)
    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (UGent)
    • Laboratories in Photonics
    • Photonic Integrated Circuits
    • Optical Communication Systems
    • Sensors and Microsystem Electronics
    • Physics of Semiconductor Technologies and Devices
    • Business Aspects of Photonics
    • Innovation in Photonics
    • Elective courses Basics Photonics
    • Photonics
    • Mathematics in Photonics

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    120 ECTS


    On Campus, Blended
    • Fully structured

    Academic requirements

    GRE admission requirements GRE®
    160 (quantitative)

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    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • All applicants need to be in possession of a 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 however also be considered.
    • Students with a Master degree in these fields can apply as well.
    • Applicants holding a Belgian bachelor or master degree in another field of Engineering or in Sciences are welcome to join the program through a personalised prepatory program (in Dutch) at VUB.
    • we have accepted students with a degree in Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, IC Design in the past. If there are sufficient courses in Applied Mathematics, Electromagnetics, Semiconductor Physics, Electronics, Optics & Optoelectronics or Telecommunications, you fit our profile.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      962 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 962 EUR per year during 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      962 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 962 EUR per year during 24 months.

    Living costs for Gent

    754 - 1205 EUR /month
    Living costs

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


    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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    Photonics Engineering
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