“I can’t stress enough how innovative and visionary this programme is.”

Volodymyr Koman (MIT)
Master Photonics Alumnus

“I can’t stress enough how innovative and visionary this programme is.”

Volodymyr Koman (MIT)
Master Photonics Alumnus

Study Photonics in Belgium!

The Master of Science in Photonics Engineering (MSPE)* is embedded in a world-class research environment that helps you to build your career path in key domains of the future. Our English taught inter-university programme to two years (120 ECTS) leads to a joint degree from Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Enjoy a vibrant cultural and social life at the heart of Europe, surrounded by international decision-making organisations. Or discover our online track!


The programme allows students to take courses and/or do a master thesis abroad, during one or two semesters. Students can also go for an international internship.


Next to grants and scholarships from our universities and research groups, there are Flemish, Belgian and European programmes that support students financially.


You get the chance to use the large industry network of VUB and UGent to kickstart your career in photonics.


Our programme officers Majorie and Bert make sure you are in direct contact with the universities and professors! They are available for all your questions.

The programme equips you with an exquisite skillset, combining theoretical expertise with hands-on training in world-class research labs. A highly rewarding experience I would strongly recommend!
Martin Skënderas
During my thesis, I had the chance to cooperate with international research groups and companies which further developed my research and communication skills.
Sidney Goossens
To get a truly international experience, this master programme offers many exchange opportunities at some of the best universities in Europe like ITMO, EPFL and DTU.
Tanvi Pradhan Photonics Student Master in Photonics Engineering
Tanvi Pradhan

Our team!

Meet THE programme directorS, OFFICERS and MORE!

Join our group!

Come and join an international group of more than 60 students studying in Ghent and Brussels. Broaden your horizon and discover new cultures while obtaining a master’s degree in photonics!

* DISCLAIMER: The current proposed programme and content are still subject to changes. The definitive structure of the Master of Science in Photonics Engineering will be announced in early 2021. Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University are not responsible before definitive approval by the relevant committees. Applications will be accepted from November 2020 and will remain valid. The applicants will keep the right to withdraw their application. Contact us for more information about the full programme and the online track.


Most frequent questions and answers

All students who apply for this program are therefore eligible to be awarded a VUB Scholarship (no separate application procedure is required). These Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis among all accepted EMSP students.
To obtain a grant or scholarship from one of the external funding agencies, students must follow a separate procedure (next to the MSPE application procedure). The procedure to obtain these grants is completely independent from the MSPE Admission Process and the MSPE Board has no involvement in the selection or decision process of these external funding agencies.

Yes, 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.

We accept the following as proof:
– a TOEFL-TEST, showing a score of at least 570 (paper-based) or 87 (internet-based)
– an original “test report from” (TRF) from IELTS, with a minimum overall band score of 6.0
– Cambridge-ESOL: First certificate in English (FCE).
Some applicants are exempted from submitting one of the above in the following cases:
– If you have a diploma of higher education awarded by an (recognised) institution of higher education in the Flemish Community.
– If you have successfully completed a minimum of 1 year (60 credits), be it secondary or higher education, where the medium of instruction was English (an official certificate must be submitted).

For more information regarding the legalisation method for your documents, please visit:

VUB website

UGent website

Late application deadlines will be announced on our website, so please check regularly for updates.