Erasmus Mundus, Master in Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics

Deadline: 23 January 2012
Open to: Students with background in Physics or Engineering, who will receive a multiple master diploma awarded from the universities where they spent their semesters.
Scholarship: Non-EU student (Category A) : 6000 € / year, EU student (Category B) : 4000 €/year


The Master for Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics covers one of the most expanding field in physics and material sciences, dealing with the control, manipulation and monitoring of light and its interaction with matter. This master program aims at giving an extensive two-year teaching program from fundamentals to advanced research topics in Photonics and its interdisciplinary applications. Master students benefiting from this program will be able to work on today’s new challenges in their academic or applied research carriers : understanding and control matter and optical phenomena at the ultimate nanometric scale, providing new imaging tools for the most complex biological processes from cells and tissues to clinical applications, bringing original tools in line with future optical devices.
This two years master program (120 ECTS credits) is organized by three groups of institutions : Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III University (France), Universität Karlsruhe (TH) / Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (Germany), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya/Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona/ University of Barcelona/ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) (Spain).
Students selected on the basis of their scientific and English-language levels will follow a first semester of fundamental lectures in optics and its applications in Marseille. The second semester on core subjects will be spent in Kalsruhe. The third specialization semester is proposed as a choice (restricted to conditions based on the marks obtained during the 1st semester) between the three institutions: Marseille (imaging : biophotonics/biomedical optics/astronomy), Karlsruhe (photonic materials and devices/nanobiology/optical engineering), and Barcelona (quantum optics/nanophotonics/optical engineering). The last semester is dedicated to the master thesis and summer school.The teaching language is primarily English, although some lectures can be given in the local languages supported by training.


  • This program is dedicated to students with background in Physics or Engineering, who will receive a multiple master diploma awarded from the universities where they spent their semesters.
  • “Non european students” are students coming from a country other than an eligible applicant country (i.e. a Member State of the European Union, an EEA-EFTA State – Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein), and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.
  • Students from Turkey, the Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.-, or Switzerland are considered as Non european students.
  • “European students” are students who do not fill the conditions above.


Tuition fees :
Non-EU student (Category A) : 6000 € / year
EU student (Category B) : 4000 €/year
These tuition fees are waived for students benefiting from a EMMC Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

These fees cover :
Travel and installation support (non-EU students)
Master mobility travel costs
Tuition fees/registration
Teaching/training fees
Summer school participation

Living expenses (typical) :
student room : 210 €/month
studio : 350-500 €/month
Food : ~ 350 €/month
Other expenses : ~ 50-200 €/month

How to apply

  • List of the documents you need to collect :
    Application Form – Excel format only.
    The application procedure. Go to this page to create your personal account, then follow the instructions that are given by the Application Software. The Application Software will collect all the electronic documents that you have to submit. Note that the maximum size of each uploaded document is 6MB. You can submit the pictures and scanned documents in any common format (JPEG, PDF,…) – PDF format is however strongly preferred.
  • Photo,
  • Officially certified copies and translations of your diplomas into English (first university degree and others – do not send secondary school diploma). Selected students will be asked to bring the original diplomas at arrival.In case your current degree is not yet acheived: please upload a letter from your university declaring the expected receiving date, as well as available transcripts – PDF format preferred,
  • Certified English translation of transcripts (BsC or equivalent, and MsC if available) – PDF format preferred,
  • Clear copy of passport – PDF format preferred,
  • Documentation for language tests (copy of the TOEFL score / IELTS report sheet) – PDF format preferred,
  • Letter of motivation – PDF format preferred,
  • Recommandation letter of reference 1 – PDF format preferred,
  • Recommandation letter of reference 2 – PDF format preferred,
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)- PDF format preferred,
  • Other optional document – optional (pdf preferred).

1.If you have it, you can upload the electronic document using the Application Software.
2.The person who has written the recommandation letter can send it electronically to
3.The person who has written the recommandation letter can send it by post mail to the address below.
In cases 2 and 3, instead of the recommandation letter, you will upload a short document telling that your recommandation letter will be directly transmitted to us by [name of the writter of the letter].
You must finish the electronic submission using the “Declaration & Post” menu on the Application Software, otherwise your application will not be validated.

Contact :
Erasmus Mundus Europhotonics Master
Institut Fresnel – Université Aix Marseille III
Domaine Universitaire de Saint-Jérôme
13397 Marseille Cedex 20
tel: +33 491 28 83 26
fax: +33 491 28 80 67

The Official Website

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