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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.

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Master of Science in Photonics Engineering

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A graduate of this programme is a 'EUR-ACE® Master'. EUR-ACE® is the European quality label for engineering degree programmes which have been accredited in accordance with the EUR-ACE® Framework Standards and Guidelines. The Master of Science in Photonics Engineering was accredited by the accreditation agencies CTI and NVAO.

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