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.


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 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 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 can follow the courses in Marseille, Karlsruhe and/or Barcelona.

Scholarships financed by the European Agency (Erasmus+ program) and by the consortium (A*Midex foundation and KIT) can be obtained after a selection procedure by the students who join the program at the M1 level (1st year).

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

An additional University is also involved in the program:



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