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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD)
Master in Photonics

Duration: 2 years

Course description:
The Europhotonics-POESII Master in Photonics covers one of the most expanding fields in physics and material sciences, dealing with Photonics Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Quantum Optics, Lasers, Astronomy, Nanophotonics, Biophotonics and for numerous applications in Microelectronics, Aeronautics, Automotive industry…
This master aims at giving an extensive teaching program from fundamentals to advanced research topics in Photonics and its interdisciplinary applications. Master students benefiting from this program will be able to work on today’s new challenges in their academic or applied research carriers: understanding and control matter and optical phenomena at the ultimate nanometric scale, providing new imaging tools for the most complex biological processes from cells and tissues to clinical applications, bringing original tools in line with future optical devices.

This two years master program (120 ECTS credits in total: 60 ECTS for the 1st year, 60 ECTS for the 2nd year) is organized by different institutions : Aix-Marseille University (France), Karlsruhe Institite of Technology (KIT) / Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (Germany), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya/Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona/ University of Barcelona/ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) (Spain), with the University of Vilnius (Lithuania) as an additional partner. These institutions are recognized for their high quality training and research centers in the field of Optics and Photonics and their applications, with the unique opportunity to benefit from the presence of excellence and interdisciplinary research laboratories, high level advice by professors and administrative staff, as well as local companies and international cooperation networking.
The teaching language is English. The students will also follow specific courses of local language/culture.

The Europhotonics-POESII Master is funded by the European Agency (EMJMD of the Erasmus+ program), by the A*MIDEX foundation (excellence initiative of the french ministry of higher education an research) and by KIT.

The first semester is dedicated to fundamental lectures in optics and its applications takes place in Marseille. The second semester on core subjects can be spent either in Kalsruhe or in Marseille (choice restricted to conditions depending on the places available in each institution). At the end of the 2nd semester, the students do an internship (2 to 4 months) in an industry or in a research laboratory. The third specialization semester is proposed as a choice (restricted to conditions depending on the places available in each institution) between the three institutions: Marseille, Karlsruhe, Barcelona. The last semester is dedicated to the master thesis.


This program is dedicated to students with backgrounds in Physics and/or Engineering. The students are selected on the basis of their academic level, academic backgroung, University of origin, letters of recommendation, motivation, english level.
The students who have at least a Bachelor in Science or equivalent can apply for joining the first year of the Master (M1).
Students having a higher diploma can apply for following the second year of the Master and join the local Masters (M2 level).
Applications are done online.

Under specific conditions, the students can obtain a multiple master diploma awarded by the universities where they spent their semesters:
– Master de Physique, spécialité Optique, Photonique, Image et Signal, Aix-Marseille Université (France)
– Master of Optics and Photonics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
– Máster Universitario Erasmus Mundus en Ingeniería Fotónica, Nanofotónica y Biofotónica, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)

Grants financed by the European Agency (Erasmus+ program) and by the consortium can be obtained after a selection procedure only by the students who apply for joining the program at the M1 level (1st year). Visit the “Scolarships” page on the website.