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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Photonics

Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB)

The goal of the master’s degree in Photonics (master's degree website) is to provide students with a solid grounding in the various areas of photonics and with the tools they need to become researchers or entrepreneurs in this field. The most important institutions carrying out research in photonics in the Barcelona area, namely, the UAB, the UB, the UPC and the ICFO, participate in this master’s degree and offer comprehensive training that covers theoretical and applied topics. 
Duration and start date
One academic year, 60 ECTS credits. Starting September
Timetable and delivery
Afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding other costs (does not include non-teaching academic fees and issuing of the degree certificate):
€1,660 (€6,331 for non-EU residents).
  • Telecogresca: 1 scholarship for the 1st.

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Language of instruction

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From September to December, all courses are taught on the UB (Barcelona) and UAB (Bellaterra) campuses. From December to April, all courses are taught on the UPC’s North Campus (Barcelona).
Laboratory practicals, seminars, visits and master’s theses, however, may be carried out at any of the four participating institutions.
Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register
General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements
Students must be in possession of an official University degree in a scientific or technological field corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits (validated for European students or students from partner countries), in the fields of physics, engineering physics, telecommunications engineering, electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering and optics, or in a related field such as nanoscience and nanotechnology, nanophotonics and bioengineering.

Other qualifications (in chemistry, materials science, biology, etc.) may be considered by the admissions committee, which will recommend specific bridging courses.
Admission criteria
Admission to the master’s degree in Photonics is evaluated in view of applicants’ academic records (their academic performance as well as the appropriateness of their qualification).
The following aspects will also be considered:
  • A letter of recommendation from a person with a scientific or academic background in the field of optics/photonics or a related discipline who has interacted with the student.
  • Professional experience in the field of optics/photonics or a related discipline.
  • Proof of scientific activity in the field of optics/photonics, such as collaboration with established research groups, scientific publications and presentations at conferences.
  • A personal interview with the admissions committee (if necessary).
Pre-enrolment closed (consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar).

How to pre-enrol
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.
Check the degree’s main quality indicators in the University Studies in Catalonia portal of Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency. Find information on topics such as degree evaluation results, student satisfaction and graduate employment data.
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