Program overview



1st semester (end September – end March) – Fundamentals in Optics and Photonics (Marseille)

The first semester aims at giving the students knowledge in the fundamentals of Photonics together with practical skills through lab classes. An important part is dedicated to a personal project during which the students will work in close relationship with research laboratories. This project will stimulate the personal abilities of the students for handling a middle term research project. The particular context of several existing top level research laboratories of the Aix-Marseille Université in the different fields of Photonics will give the students unique opportunities to develop their personal scientific kills and to clarify their motivation.

2nd semester (April – end September) – Fundamentals+Specfic courses (Marseille or Karlsruhe)

The second semester is dedicated to some fundamentals in photonics with some specific courses.
An internship (duration: 2 to 4 months) is done in an industry or in a research laboratory at the end of the 2nd semester.

3rd semester (October – end March) – Specialization (Marseille, Karlsruhe or Barcelona)

The semester is dedicated to more specific courses with strong links with the research aboratories.
At the end of the 3rd semester (end of March), the students attend the Spring School: an annual workshop designed to gather together Master students, PhD students and professors. The Spring School is a privileged moment for exchanging experiences and preparing future carreers.
During the workshop invited speakers recognized internationally for their expertise, give talks and courses in selected areas of photonics. All Europhotonics second year Master students and all PhD students attend the Spring School. Students are asked to do some oral/poster presentations. The School is also open to other students. See the programs of the previous editions of the Spring School here

4th semester (April – end September) – Master thesis

Based on this scheme, the students will be able to lead studies in the field of photonics :

  • they will have the capacity of analysing a scientific problem and presenting possible solutions in optics and photonics
  • they will have the necessary scientific culture to provide answers in interdisciplinary topics linking physics and biology
  • they will be able to present scientific results and write scientific proposals
  • they will be able to cooperate with industry on applied projects
  • they will know the companies’ way of thinking, the problems companies using photonic technologies are facing, and what companies expect from photonic master-graduate persons
  • they will know how challenging (and exciting) is research work