MSc. in Photonics Engineering
When the student enrolls in the English taught master, he/she will take courses at UGent during the first semester of the first master year and at VUB during the second semester. During the second year, the student will study at UGent or VUB, according to the location of the master thesis.
- Admission requirements
- Application procedure
- Tuition fee/cost of living
- Course overview
- More info
Belgian students can enroll in this master program coming from several bachelor programs.
For foreign students, the applicant needs to be in possession of a bachelor degree in Electrical engineering, in (Applied) Physics, Materials Science or an equivalent of this to be directly admitted to the program. Students in their last year of such a programme will however also be considered.
Students in possession of another bachelor degree might need to follow a preparatory program. The educational board will make the final decision whether to accept the application or not.
For foreign students, the following shall be accepted as proof:
- a TOEFL-TEST, taken as recently as within the last two years, showing a score of at least 570 (paper-based) or 87 (internet-based)
- an original "test report from" (TRF) from IELTS, issued as recently as within the last two years, showing a score of at least 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 per each part
Students who wish to apply for the Master of Science in Photonics Engineering-programme, must follow a specific MSPE-application procedure.
The application for academic year 2014-2015 opens September 15 (deadline: March 1st 2014). No applications will be accepted past this date.
The selected students will receive an invitation letter for enrollment (academic acceptance) by the beginning of June. All details about enrollment and accommodation will be mentioned in this letter.
Students from Ghent University or Vrije Universiteit Brussel can follow the regular application procedure at UGent or VUB.
- MSPE Excellence Grant
The MSPE Program Board awards 4 grants of € 5000/year on a competitive basis among all accepted MSPE students. All students who apply for this program are therefore eligible to be awarded a MSPE Excellence Grant (no separate application procedure is required).
Both the Photonics Research Group (Ghent University) and the B-Phot research team (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) finance one or more MSPE Excellence Grants. The candidates who receive the Excellence Grant must commit themselves to do a MSc. thesis at the group who finances the grant.
- EMA2-partnership Grants
Both Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are involved in Erasmus Mundus Action Action 2 (partnerships) projects. These partnerships aim at specific regions in Europe (e.g. Balkan) or worldwide (e.g. Latin America, China, etc). Students can apply for a scholarship through one of these partnership projects and if awarded, they can use this grant to study the MPSE MSc.
For UGent, please visit: http://www.ugent.be/en/teaching/internationalisation/programinfo/mundus/action2.htm
-> Lotus III: China/Vietnam/Cambodia/Myanmar/Indonesia/Thailand
-> Basileus IV: Albania/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Montenegro/FYR Macedonia/Kosovo/Serbia
-> Svagata: India
-> WEBB: Georgia/Azerbaijan/Armenia/Ukraine/Moldavia/Belarus
-> EUROEAST: Georgia/Azerbaijan/Armenia/Ukraine/Moldavia/Belarus
-> TECHNO II: Cambodia/Mongolia/Vietnam/Laos/Indonesia/Malaysia/Thailand/China
-> BABEL: Bolivia/Peru/Ecuador/Paraguay/Brazil/Uruguay
-> MUNDUS LINDO: Bolivia/Peru/Ecuador/Paraguay/Brazil/Chili/Cuba
-> PEACE: Honduras/El Salvador/Giateùama/Nicaragua/Argentina/Chili/Costa Rica/Panama/Uruguay
-> EU-SATURN: South Africa
- UGent Master Grants
- Several other grant/scholarships opportunities can be obtained via local governments:
The procedure to obtain these grants is completely independant from the MPSE Admission process, so students must follow a separate procedure to obtain these grants/scholarships (next to the MPSE application procedure).
The tuition fee for academic year 2012-2013 is € 578,70. A certain category of students (from developing countries) pay a reduced tuition fee of € 80,00 per academic year.
The cost of living amounts between € 500 and € 650 per month (depending on amount of house-rent, foodcost, leisure etc.)
For an overview of the individual courses, we refer to the course catalogue
Note: this is the UGent-course catalogue but compiles both information from VUB as well as from UGent.
When the student chooses to enroll in the entirely English taught master, he/she will study the first semester of the first master at UGent and the second at VUB. In the second year, the master thesis will determine the university where the master will be completed.