- Duration and start date
- One academic year, 60 ECTS credits. Starting September
- Timetable and delivery
- Afternoons. Face-to-face
- Fees and grants
- Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding degree certificate fee, €3,267 (€4,900 for non-EU residents).
- Telecogresca: 1 scholarship for the 1st.
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- Language of instruction
- 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.
- Official degree
- Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register
- General requirements
- Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
- Specific requirements
- Students must be in possession of an official University degree in a scientific or technological field corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits (validated for European students or students from partner countries), in the fields of physics, engineering physics, telecommunications engineering, electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering and optics, or in a related field such as nanoscience and nanotechnology, nanophotonics and bioengineering.
Other qualifications (in chemistry, materials science, biology, etc.) may be considered by the admissions committee, which will recommend specific bridging courses.
- Admission criteria
- Admission to the master’s degree in Photonics is evaluated in view of applicants’ academic records (their academic performance as well as the appropriateness of their qualification).
The following aspects will also be considered:
- 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).
- Pre-enrolment period open.
How to pre-enrol
- How to enrol
- Legalisation of foreign documents
- All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.
- 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.
Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.Specific competencies
- An understanding of the physical principles of optics and light-matter interaction, at classical and quantum levels.
- The ability to perform basic experiments in photonics and to analyse and understand advanced experiments and calculations in the fields chosen by the student.
- An understanding of laser physics and knowledge of the variety of laser types and main related applications.
- Knowledge of the fundamentals of image formation, light propagation through different media and Fourier optics.
- An understanding of the main concepts, underlying phenomena and most recent applications in the optional subjects chosen by students (quantum optics, biophotonics and imaging, nanophotonics, telecommunications, optical engineering, etc.).
- The ability to deal with an advanced research problem in photonics from start to finish, i.e., from conceptual planning and bibliographic research to the oral and written communication of the results, according to the procedures and conventions of scientific presentations in English.
- The ability to understand optical engineering as an economic and business activity and to take into account social, ethical and sustainability aspects.
- An awareness of the importance of patents and the ability to understand and write a patent in the field of photonics.
- UPC school
- Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB)
- Participating institutions
- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) - Coordinating university
Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
- Academic coordinator
- Crina Cojocaru
- Academic calendar
- General academic calendar for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees courses
- Academic regulations
- Academic regulations for master's degree courses at the UPC
- Active and Spectral Imaging 3
- Advanced Quantum Optics with Applications 3
- Beam Propagation and Fourier Optics 5
- Business and Patents in Photonics 5
- Experimental Optical Techniques in Biology 3
- Fibers and Telecommunications 3
- From Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Atoms to Bose-Einstein Condensates 3
- Image Processing in Biophotonics 3
- Integrated Photonics 3
- Introduction to Photonics. Optics and Lasers 5
- Laser Applications in Remote Sensing: Lidar 3
- Laser Systems and Applications 3
- Machine Learning on Classical and Quantum Data 3
- Managing Light with Devices 3
- Measuring with Light 3
- Nanophotonics 3
- Non-Linear Optics 3
- Optical Micromanipulation Workshop 3
- Optics and Photonics Lab I 5
- Optics and Photonics Lab II 5
- Optoelectronics and Photovoltaic Technology 3
- Photonic Systems in Telecommunications: Lidar (Laser Radar) 3
- Photonics Laboratory 5
- Photonics Materials and Metamaterials 3
- Quantum Information Theory: Communication and Computation 3
- Quantum Optics 3
- Quantum Simulators with Ultracold Quantum Gases 3
- Research Seminar 30
- Ultrafast and Ultraintense Laser Light 3
- Visual Optics and Biophotonics 3
- Master's Thesis 16
- Master's Thesis 30
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