Master's degree programmes in Photonics at PREIN partner universities

All of the PREIN partner universities offer education on Master’s and Doctoral levels related to photonics. The programmes offer complimentary expertise in different photonics specializations and constitute the national offering of university training in light-based technologies.

Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics Technologies at Tampere University

Tampere University has a long tradition of photonics research and teaching. Photonics has been offered as a specialization in Advanced Engineering Physics.

In 2018, however, Tampere University launched the new international Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics Technologies. The program gives students in-depth knowledge about Photonics as a whole: from the most basic concepts to advanced technologies, and the necessary background to become technology experts, researchers, or managers.

Extensive knowledge about photonics

The students will gain extensive knowledge about multiple aspects of photonics, including:

  • fundamental light-matter interactions
  • laser physics
  • nonlinear dynamics
  • design of optical systems
  • semiconductor technologies
  • advanced nanofabrication methods
  • measurement techniques

The programme offers students the possibility to specialize in Ultrafast Photonics and Lasers or in Photonic Materials.

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EUROPHOTONICS Master program

Tampere University is also a partner in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree EUROPHOTONICS from 2018.  The EUROPHOTONICS Master program is organized together by five European Universities. The coordinator of the programme is Aix Marseille Université (FRANCE) and the partners are Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (GERMANY), Barcelona Universities (SPAIN), Tampere University (FINLAND) and Vilnius University (LITHUANIA).

Complete your degree in different universities

In this high-quality European joint programme the students get to complete their degree in different universities according to their specialization interest in photonics.  The students in the EUROPHOTONICS programme participate in the same teaching as the students Photonics Technologies programme in Tampere University in their second year of studies and complete the specializations in Photonics Materials and Ultrafast Lasers.

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Master’s Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology at Aalto University

Aalto University offers the Photonics and Nanotechnology major as one of the specializations in the Master’s Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology. The main goal of this major is to give the student sufficient theoretical and practical skills in physics, electromagnetic radiation, modeling, optics, and in materials-related topics to master the general physical phenomena that can be applied from nanosciences up to space physics.

Micro- and Nanotechnology focuses on operational principles and fabrication techniques of devices, e.g., LEDs, diode lasers, solar cells and nanoelectronic devices. Photonics focuses on production, guiding, modulation and detection of light.

Aalto University students in Electronics and Nanotechnology have the possibility to complete a double degree programme at St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics –  ITMO University,  Russia.

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University of Eastern Finland coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Programmes Computational color and spectral Imaging, COSI and Master of Science in Imaging and Light in Extended Reality, IMLEX

The COSI programme trains experts in applied colour science, in various cutting-edge industries (photonics, optics, spectral imaging, multimedia technologies, computer graphics and vision). The programme is coordinated by  University Jean Monnet (FRANCE), and the partners are University of Granada (SPAIN), Norwegian University of Science and Technology and University of Eastern Finland.

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Master of Science in Imaging and Light in Extended Reality, IMLEX, is a programme coordinated by  University of eastern Finland and organised together with Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan was selected as one of the fist Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree progammes between EU and Japan.  In addition to UEF and Toyohashi University of Technology, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne in France and KU Leuven in Belgium are also participating. At UEF, the programme is carried out by the Institute of Photonics and the School of Computing.

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Master’s Degree in Photonics at University of Eastern Finland

University of Eastern Finland offers the international Master's Degree in Photonics with core courses on fundamental light-matter interaction. The specializations of this master’s programme include waves and scattering, which consist of advanced topics on modern light propagation and scattering, optical displays, colors, and applications and light-matter interaction at microscopic level.

Focus on laboratory work

An extensive part of the programme consists of laboratory work. This will give the students the ability to understand optical phenomena, design and analysis of optical systems, fabrication methods of photonics structures, and ability to scientific and technical communication in photonics.

Photonics: theory, materials and applications is defined as University of Eastern Finland’s strategic advanced-level strong research area. In 2019, 40 new students from 14 different countries are selected to start their studies in the Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics.

Students in the Master's degree programme in Photonics at UEF may apply to a Double Master's Degree Program in Advanced Materials and Technologies of Photonics for the second study year. This double degree programme is organized together with UEF and  St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optic - ITMO University, Russia.


University of Eastern Finland is the main partner in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Photonics for Security, Reliability, and Safety. The PSRS Master program is organized together by University Jean Monnet (FRANCE), University of Eastern Finland (FINLAND), Politechnico di Torino (ITALY), and University Paris-Est Créteil (FRANCE). The PSRS program aims to train the next generation of highly-skilled experts in advanced imaging technologies, cutting-edge image processing, computational imaging, artificial intelligence technologies, biometrics, pattern recognition, behavioral analysis, spectrometry methodologies, photonic-based sensors, micro-nano-technologies, laser processing and surface functionalization to address the current and future societal challenges related to security and safety of people, goods and environment.

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