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Erasmus Mundus Master and Doctorate


International Master and Doctorate programs in Photonics Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Quantum Optics, Laser Optics, Optics for Astronomy, Nanophotonics, Biophotonics

The field of optics / photonics, the science of light, is booming and involves a large number of interdisciplinary activities in health, environment, energy, transport, telecommunications with significant economic and societal benefits. Optics / photonics plays a key role in fundamental discoveries and in new technologies, with theoretical and experimental aspects. Photonics is considered by the European Commission as one of the “Key Enabling Technologies (KET)” which are increasingly driving innovation today and will continue to drive innovation in the future.
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BREAKING NEWS:  The Europhotonics master has been selected by the European Agency in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) 2018 call (see selection results here). The partners of the new program are the former ones (AMU Marseille, KIT Karlsruhe, the Universities of Barcelona) plus two additional European Universities (Tampere-Finland, Vilnius-Lithuania). Five non European Universities will also partcipate to the program (Shanghai Jiao-Tong-China, Rochester-USA, Gondar-Ethiopia, Syndney-Australia, UNAM-Mexico). Four editions will be funded by the European Commission until 2024. The first edition of the new program will start in September 2019.


Applications for the 2018-2020 edition are closed.

The EUROPHOTONICS-POESII Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) started in 2010 is a two years Master program focusing on advanced research and applied topics that will constitute the near and extended future scientific goals in the field of Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics, Biophotonics, with interdisciplinary applications. Master students benefiting from this program will be able to work on today’s new challenges in their academic or applied research careers: understand and control matter and optical phenomena at the nanometric scale, provide new imaging and monitoring tools for complex biological processes from cells and tissues to clinical applications, bring new and original tools for future optical devices. After being graduated, the Europhotonics students obtain positions in industries, in research laboratories, in universities worldwide.
Depending on their diploma level, students can join the Master in the first year (M1) or in the second year (local Masters at M2 level).
During the Master, under some mobility rules, students will follow the courses in Marseille, Karlsruhe and/or Barcelona.

2-years scholarships financed by the A*Midex foundation can be obtained after a selection procedure by students who join the program at the M1 level (1st year).
Outgoing scholarships are also offered to self funded students during the semesters spent in Karlsruhe or in Barcelona.
Self funded students can also benefit from Erasmus+ mobility scholarships.
Candidates from all countries in the world can apply to the Master.

The Europhotonics-POESII Master program is organized by the following institutions:

  • Aix Marseille Université (FRANCE) (coordinator), Ecole Centrale de Marseille (FRANCE)
  • KSOP (Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics) : KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) (GERMANY)
  • Barcelona Universities (SPAIN):
    • UPC – Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
    • ICFO – Institute of Photonic Sciences
    • UB – Universitat de Barcelona
    • UAB – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona



The EUROPHOTONICS Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) program started in 2010.