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ERASMUS MUNDUS Master and PhD

The master's degree in Photonics has a relationship with the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme and Erasmus Mundus Doctorate Programme in 'Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics' (Europhotonics). Please visit www.europhotonics.org to get all general details about these programmes.

As pointed out in that website, the Europhotonics is a 120 ECTS (two-year) master's degree, where the first semester is given in Marseille (France), the second semester in Karlsruhe (Germany), and the third and fourth semesters can be taken in Barcelona, Marseille or Karlsruhe.

Every year, the European Union awards about 7 scholarships for European-Union students and 8 scholarships for non-European-Union students (from any country in the world) to enrol for the Master Program. Also several scholarships-contracts for the Doctorate Programme are available. The scholarships for academic year 2015-16 must be requested on November-December 2014. The number of applicants from non-European-Union countries is usually large.

Europhotonics master's degree students that take the 3rd semester in Barcelona share courses with the students of the master's degree in Photonics. To see the details of the 3rd and 4th semesters of the Europhotonics master's degree in Barcelona, please visit next Subsection (Details 3rd and 4th semesters in Barcelona) in this website.

The local contact and responsible team in Barcelona for the Europhotonics master's degree and PhD is the same as for the master's degree in Photonics (see 'Contact' Section).

Students enroled in the 3rd semester of the Europhotonics master's degree in Barcelona must take 30 credits ECTS of courses, which can be chosen from a relatively large list of courses that covers different fields of Photonics. Europhotonics students share courses with students of the master's degree in Photonics. Nevertheless, the Course Program for both Masters is different. The 4th semester of the Europhotonics master's degree is devoted to the Master Thesis (30 credits ECTS).

Academic and organization details of the 3rd semester (30 ECTS of elective courses) and 4th semester (30 ECTS of the Master Thesis) in Barcelona can be found in the following links:

Master Thesis Europhotonics (year 2015-16)

To obtain the master's degree students must complete a MSc Thesis Project of 30 ECTS. Students are expected to develop this project during the last semester and more intensively (full time) from April to September.

Here we summarize the most important aspects of each step of the development, registration, report and presentation of the MSc Thesis Project.

  1. Choosing the MSc Thesis subject and supervisor:

    • In the first semester of the academic course, a list of proposals offered by researchers from UPC, UAB, UB and ICFO is published in the master's degree web page.
    • Students have to choose one project and contact the corresponding professor. Upon agreement, the student may start working on his/her MSc Project under the supervision of the assigned supervisor.
    • List of proposals for academic year 2015-2016
    • If the supervisor is not a professor of the master's degree in Photonics, a co-director from the master's degree Program must be assigned by the Executive Comitee. He/She has to certify that the subject of the work, the work done, the way it has been carried out and the supervision are appropriate for a Thesis in the master's degree in Photonics
    • Remember that, in order to fulfil the German requirements at KIT, you have to ask from a co-supervisor from KIT.
    • Once you have chosen your project, please inform us sending a message to master.photonics@etsetb.upc.edu about the title of your project and name of the supervisor.
  2. Upload of the MSc Thesis proposal (offer) at the ETSETB intranet site:

    • Once student and supervisor have agreed on the subject to be developed, the official Master Thesis proposal has to be made at the Offers site of the ETSETB Intranet. https://www.etsetb.upc.edu/sys/login.html, menu: Docència > Ofertes TFG/PFC/thesis). The steps to be made are:
    • The professor who will act as supervisor (or co-supervisor) has to introduce the description of the MSc Thesis at the above section and assign it to the student.
    • The student has to enter the same site and click on Accept button.
  3. Enrolment of MSc Thesis:

    • 24 hours after the upload of the MSc Thesis on the ETSETB Intranet site (step 2) the student will be able to enrol his/her MSc Thesis at the ETSETB Academic Office and pay the corresponding fees.
    • The enrolment has to be done before February 28th 2016.
    • No additional document is needed; only the completion of the step 2.
  4. Development of the MSc Thesis:

    • The MSc Thesis is an extended individual research-oriented work and the student is expected to develop a guided work on the proposed topic.
    • The aim of the project is to encourage and reward individual inventiveness and application of effort. Desirably, MSc Thesis should contain some element of original work. This does not mean that the project is expected to obtain publishable research results (although it might do), but the desire that the project covers some new ground and contain some elements of innovation.
    • The MSc Thesis evaluation process has two steps: a report summarizing the work done, and an oral presentation in front of a jury of the main tasks developed and results obtained.
  5. MSc Thesis Report:

    • The MSc Thesis Report that you will write and submit must have a minimum length of 50 pages and must consider, at least, the following aspects (distributed each one in one or several chapters, or sections, or parts...):
      • A part, which should include a general description of the motivations and goals of the work and the state of the art on the subject of the thesis (Introductory).
      • A development part, where the model or the experimental setup is described, the calculation or the experimental procedure is described, and the results are presented, analysed and discussed in detail. All figures and tables must have a number and a description (figure caption).
      • A conclusions part, where the main conclusions of the work are summarized and an outlook is given.
      • A sufficiently large list of references (articles, books, patents,...) that are related with the work, including in particular references to other recent works on the subject, if existing.
      • In general, and especially in the case the work has been made in collaboration with other persons, the student must clearly point out (in the introductory, development and conclusions parts) which has been his/her specific contribution to the work. This must also be made clear in the oral presentation.
    • You may choose the format you prefer: type and size of letter (size 11 or 12, for instance), spacing, figure size and captions, etc. Final delivery must be in .pdf format.
    • You must include this front page at the beginning of the document. You may modify the format of the front page, if you wish, but in any case it should include the same information and should contain the Erasmus Mundus and Europhotonics logos.
    • Please feel free to take a look to the non-confidential MSc Reports from previous courses of the Europhotonics master's degree at: http://upcommons.upc.edu/handle/2099.1/16008
  6. Registration (Diposit) of the MSc Thesis Report and delivery of documents:

    • Once the Report has reached the final version and at least one week before oral presentation, it has to be registered and uploaded together with additional information at Diposit site of the ETSETB Intranet (https://www.etsetb.upc.edu/sys/login.html, menu: Acadèmica > Dipòsit TFG/PFC/thesis). The steps to be made are:
      • Bibliographic data:  the student must fill the three fields. The field title must exactly match the title of the cover page of the report..
      • Files: the student must upload the report and the supervisor must validate it. The title of the cover must exactly match the title in the bibliographic data tab. Validation will not be possible if the first and second tabs are not complete. The file cannot exceed 64 MB (For MSc Theses presented abroad in a mobility program, the student will have to send the Supervisor's assessment and the Lecture Certificate to students.mobility@etsetb.upc.edu, so that this unit uploads them at this tab. It is desirable that both documents are uploaded to evaluate the thesis. If you can have one of them, it must be the current assessment, which is posted on the link Tràmits a realitzar abans de tornar a l'ETSETB, banner Mobilitat internacional).
      • Authorization and Confidentiality. This tab will only be available after the supervisor’s validation. Here, the student will choose if his/her report is to be published at UPCommons. The information about the thesis' publication is detailed at the Academic Regulations for MET and MEE -link (section 11 and 12).
        IMPORTANT CONFIDENTIALITY: If you choose the file to be confidential, you must know that, if you choose the motive "Author's decision" or "Publisher's policy" from the pull-down menu, the file will be allowed to be consulted in situ at the library by anyone interested (not online, but it will be in situ).
    • At the ETSETB Academic Office the student must personally deliver before the oral presentation, the printed and signed from of the Authorization and Confidentiality that will be generated as a pdf file.  
  7. Oral presentation of the MSc Thesis:

    • The last step is the oral presentation of the work delivered in the MSc Thesis and presented in your report. The presentation of has to be done in English and has a duration of 20 minutes, followed by the questions of the evaluation comission.
    • Two periods are available for the thesis presentation: one at the middle of July and another one in the first 10 days of September. You will be informed about the exact date of your presentation.
    • The evaluation is made by a jury composed of three professors of the master's degree, designed by the Executive Committee.
    • The supervisor is expected to be present, but he/she cannot be part of the jury. However, the supervisor will be invited by the jury to give his/her opinion about student’s work and results.
    • The jury of MSc Thesis defence will assess different aspects related with the MSc Thesis work done by the student, like the following ones:
      • Interest of the subject and degree of difficulty of the inherent work.
      • Amount and quality of the work done by the student, and capacity of attainment of results.
      • Quality and clarity of the written report (or memory) of the MSc Thesis work, and in particular, capacity of synthesis.
      • Clarity and quality of the oral presentation: clear introduction of the subject and the aims of the work, description of the work, clear definition and statement of the results obtained and of appropriate conclusions.
      • Satisfactory answers to jury’s questions.

If you are successful, you will be awarded the official master’s degree in Photonics, and in particular you may request the corresponding MSc Degree Diploma. Such request must be made at the ETSETB Academic Office.