Frequently asked questions about our Master in Photonics and answers

All students who apply for this program are therefore eligible to be awarded a 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.

Read more about scholarships and grants on this page.

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 proof of English language proficiency:

  • A secondary school diploma from the Belgian educational system;
  • A certificate from the institution where you completed secondary or higher education, stating that English was the language of instruction;
  • A certificate of one of the following language tests corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference with minimum level B2:
    • TOEFL (internet-based test) with minimum level: 79
    • IELTS academic module, with minimum level: 6.5
    • Cambridge English minimum grade scale score of 170
    • ITACE with minimum level B2
  • We also accept the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator. These are variants of the classic TOEFL and IELTS tests that can be taken at home.
  • This proof can be provided by presenting results of a language test or documents issued by your home institution. Please note your language test results must not be older than 5 years at the moment of application.

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.

Yes, students can still apply to the MSPE. The MSPE is a former EMMC and therefore will not be taken into account for the maximum number of three EMMC one can apply to.

If the letters are in sealed envelope, mail them (or ask the professor to mail them) to the Photonics Secretariat. If professors prefer not to send the letter directly to you, they can always email their recommendation letter to secretariat@masterphotonics.be.

Yes, if you are not accepted for enrollment or if you wish to defer or cancel their enrollment, can reclaim their legalised copies without additional cost.

Yes, Bachelor students in their last year of study can also apply, but need to successfully finish their Bachelor studies prior to the start of academic year.

In case of non-selection and if you have grounds to believe that your application file has not been processed properly through the selection procedure, you can start an appeal procedure by sending a letter to the MSPE secretariat by registered post.

The letter should clearly state the reason for the appeal. The appeal must be lodged within 30 days after the communication of the selection results from the MSPE Secretariat.

The Chairs of the MSPE Programme Board will verify whether your file was eligible and whether the selection has been carried out correctly.

The MSPE Secretariat will communicate by e-mail the outcome of the appeal procedure within 30 days after receiving the appeal letter.

Students are always allowed to apply for the next intake. New additional elements (new courses followed, training, recommendation letters) may lead to a different outcome of the selection. If there are no additional elements, the result of the selection procedure will not change as well.

Yes, students who did not followed courses in 1 (or 2) of the basic subject fields (Applied Mathematics, Electromagnetics, Semiconductor Physics, Electronics, Optics & Optoelectronics or Telecommunications), can still apply.

Yes, previous experience is not a mandatory aspect of your application.

Worried about the implications of the Coronavirus outbreak on your future studies? Our primary goal is to provide a flexible and accessible programme for every student. Worried about the implications of the Coronavirus outbreak on your future studies? Our primary goal is to provide a flexible and accessible programme for every student. Students who cannot make classes due to travel restrictions, embassy closures, or for sanitary and safety reasons, will be able to follow all photonics courses online. Please contact us for more information.

More questions?

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• For non-visa-required EU students
• Starting in academic year 2023-2024
• Up to €10.000