Erasmus Mundus Master and Doctorate Programs


Programs in Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics

IMPORTANT: Europhotonics has been selected in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Catalogue of the Erasmus+ Program


Photonics is constantly growing and brings together today a large range of interdisciplinary activities in health, environment, energy, transport and telecommunications, with either immediate or long term social and economic outcomes. Photonics plays a key part in the discovery of new processes in nature and novel technologies, with an undeniable incidence on fundamental knowledge developments but also on the market novelties.

The EUROPHOTONICS Programs bring together top level training and teaching for young scientists.  They offer fellowships and mobility possibilities within the EUROPHOTONICS consortium institutions for EU and non-EU students.

The EUROPHOTONICS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) program has started in 2010. It gives an extensive two-year Master level teaching 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 and 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 ultimate nanometric scale, provide new imaging and monitoring tools for the most complex biological processes from cells and tissues to clinical applications, bring new and original tools for the future optical devices. After having obtained their diploma, the Europhotonics students obtained positions in industries, in research laboratories, in universities of many different countries showing the Erasmus Mundus Europhotonics Master diploma is very well recognized worldwide.

This two years master program is organized by the following groups of institutions:

  • Aix Marseille University (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

From 2015, the Europhotonics program and the international POESII Master funded by Aix-Marseille University will be merged together in order to offer more possibilities for scholarships, increased mobility schemes and enhanced job opportunities. In this context, mobilities will also be possible at:


The EUROPHOTONICS Erasmus Mundus Doctorate (EMJD) program started in 2010. The last intake of the PhD program started in 2014/2015.
The partners of the program are:

  • Institut Fresnel (Marseille, FRANCE)
  • KSOP (Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics) : KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) (Karlsruhe, GERMANY)
  • UPC – Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, SPAIN)
  • ICFO – Institute of Photonic Sciences (Barcelona, SPAIN)
  • LENS – European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (Florence, ITALY)