Photonics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #104 (QS) ,
The Master's part of the Photonics Program belongs to the Graduate Program for Photonics, which is intended for students who pursue a Master's program that prepares for and is coherent with a subsequent PhD project that is carried out in the COBRA Research Institute. The program is delivered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).


The Photonics program is offered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Photonics: a multidisciplinary program

The Master's part of the Photonics program is fully embedded in either of the two regular Master's programs Applied Physics (AP), track Nanoscience & Technology (NANO) or Electrical Engineering (EE), track Broadband Telecommunication Technologies (BTT). Both masters are nominally two year programs, corresponding to 120 Credit Points (CPs) in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) units. About 20% of the program consists of basic introductory courses, differing somewhat dependent on the chosen entry. Another 20% is reserved for elective courses, to be chosen from an extensive list. The largest part, about 60%, consists of research projects, carried out during several internships within and outside the university. The COBRA Research Institute provides a Certificate to students who succesfully completed this Master's part of the Photonics Program.

After graduation

Upon graduation the graduate is awarded the Master of Science (MSc) degree in either Electrical Engineering or Applied Physics. The COBRA group will issue a certificate that the student has completed the Master phase of the Photonics Graduate Programme.

Professional perspective

When not selected or opting for a subsequent PhD trajectory, COBRA MSc graduates easily find their way in the high-tech industry. A significant fraction of them even in the local region (Brainport). The program prepares for, but is not limited to, a career in Photonics. It also is a solid foundation for a career in a broad field of high-tech innovative industry or in academia at the interface of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering.


The Master’s part of the Photonics program is formally a track of the Master’s program Electrical Engineering resp. Master's program Applied Physics. Both Master’s programs are accredited by NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie), the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

The MSc programme, as embedded in the aforementioned MSc tracks, provides a solid  theoretical foundation in a series of compulsory courses on the relevant themes of:

  • Electromagnetism and Optics (Modern Physics and Optics, Waves and Antennae, Electrodynamics)
  • Materials and Devices (Electro-optic Devices, Functional Materials and Nanotechnology, Advanced Condensed Matter)
  • Computational Methods (Numerical Mathematics, Computational Physics).
The courses are formally different for the entries BTT or NANO, but the contents strongly overlap. When necessary, courses from the compulsory part of one track can be taken as elective to the other track. The electives are used to acquire a deep and cross-disciplinary knowledge of the field of the school by requiring 12 ECTS Points from courses given by the school, of which 6 must be cross-disciplinary.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: The deadline to enroll in the Photonics Graduate Program is one month ahead of the start of the semester.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

The Graduate Program for Photonics is only open at the Master level for students who are already admitted to either of the two underlying Master Programs EE or AP. Selection criteria for admission to the Photonics Program will be based on previous education qualifications and ambition to follow a subsequent PhD program. A personal interview will be part of the selection procedure.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Eindhoven

  • 850 - 1350 EUR/month
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