Objectives and competences

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Physics
Branch of knowledge
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available30
Length of course2 academic years
Language(s) of instructionEnglish
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main universityUniversitat Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III
Bridging coursesNo

Objectives and competences


The EM Master in Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics has as main objectives:
(i) providing the student a comprehensive and quality training in the field of photonics, considering both the fundamentals as applied, and
(ii) developing in the student competencies to successfully incorporate both research centers and / or development in the industrial fabric of photonics.

Once the Master is finished, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of an integrated theoretical foundations advanced photonics, especially in the fields of engineering, photonics, nanophotonics and biophotonics. Being
original in their approaches, developments and applications in the field of research. Observing photonics with an open mind as a science and technology marked interdisciplinary character, in connection with various scientific disciplines such as physics (which starts), chemistry, biology, materials science or renewable energy as well as with modern industrial technology or

2. Interpret the main phenomena associated with the optics / photonics and apply the acquired knowledge and problem-solving ability in the field of photonics, both in its theoretical aspects as in the experimental and technological.

3. Apply the scientific method, integrate knowledge and make judgments in relation to research in photonics, data from experimental, observational or theoretical incomplete and sometimes
seemingly contradictory, also taking into account the ethical and social responsibility.

4. Communicate results and conclusions, and the knowledge and motives behind them, or specialized audiences clearly and unambiguously. Communication in English, the language of great use in the field of photonics.

5. Able to demonstrate learning skills that allow you to continue your training in the field of photonics individually and independently.

At the same time, an additional objective of the Master, who is happy with the necessary mobility of students, at least two universities in different European country, is to promote knowledge by the student on the social, cultural and scientific European technology.

The objectives of the title are consistent with fundamental rights and gender equality, the principles of equal opportunity and universal access for disabled people and the values of a culture of peace and democratic values, in accordance with Article 3 of RD 1393/2007.


A) Eminently essential to develop over the first two semesters of the Master (in Marseille and Karlsruhe):

CE1. Demonstrate an understanding the physical basis of classical optics and the adjustments that the quantum model.
CE2. Demonstrate an understanding the physical basis upon whichthere is the interaction of light with matter.
CE3. Learn the basics of laser physics.
CE4. Know the types of laser and its main applications.
CE5. Show that you understand the fundamentals of image formation.
CE6. Show that you understand the fundamentals of training and image processing applications in the field of astronomy.
CE7. Know the fundamentals of the basic techniques of microscopy
CE8. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic properties of the various optical elements used in complex experimental settings.
CE9. Capacity for a systematic understanding of the various disciplines involved in optical engineering and research methods and skills related to the field.
CE10. Understanding the basics and the range of validity of classical theory, semiclassical and fully quantum interaction of light with matter.
CE11. Know the fundamentals of nonlinear optics, including the main processes of lowest order.
CE12. Demonstrate basic knowledge about the various components used in assemblies optoelectónicos.
CE13. Demonstrate that you know the physical basis of spectroscopy, in its most basic methods.
CE14. Demonstrate basic knowledge of micro-optics and lithography.
CE15. Perform and understand basic experiments to demonstrate the main phenomena of optics and photonics as well as handle the most basic components and devices in this field (so that you train for
future experimental work and practice).
SG16. Perform a first work experience in industrial environment.
CE17. Demonstrate basic knowledge of French and German languages at the level of reading comprehension and oral.

B) Specific competences of the specialized nature undertaken during the third and fourth semester of the Masters (in Barcelona,Marseilleo Karlsruhe):
These skills will be worked with each student, depending on thespecific chosen electives route (31 specific specialized skills)

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university degree.

  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.

  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.



Required documentation

Selection criteria



As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory placements
Compulsory final project

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Research Guidance
Active and adaptive optics Optional 2.5
Additive Key Comptetencies Optional 2.5
Additive Key Comptetencies Optional 3
Advanced experimental optical techniques in biology Optional 2.5
Advanced Microscopy Imaging Techniques Optional 6
Advanced optical instrumentation Optional 2.5
Advanced Spectroscopy Optional 12
Applied nonlinear optics and optoelectronics Optional 2.5
Atom optics and Bose-Einstein condensates Optional 2.5
Biomedical Optics Optional 3
Biomedical Photonics Optional 12
Biophotonics Optional 6
Color science Optional 2.5
Components Optoelectrònics Compulsory 4
Cursos de Laboratori Compulsory 6
Cursos de Pràctica de Laboratori Compulsory 4
Digital Holography Optional 2.5
Fabrication of optical elements Optional 2.5
Fonaments d'Imatge Òptica i Microscopia Compulsory 5
Fonaments d'Imatges en l'Astronomia Compulsory 5
Fonaments de l'Òptica i l'Òptica Quàntica Compulsory 5
Fonaments en Biofotònica Compulsory 5
Fourier optics Optional 5
Image Processsing Optional
Industry Intership: Specialization Optional 7
La Micro-òptica i litografia Compulsory 3
La Radiació de Llum i la Interacció amb la Matèria Compulsory 4
Lab Practice/Project Course Optional 5
Laser systems and technology Optional 5
Llengua Francesa Compulsory 2
Llenguatge Alemany Compulsory 1
Machine vision applications Optional 2.5
Master Thesis Compulsory 30
Mètodes Espectroscòpics Compulsory 3
Milestone experiments in quantum optics Optional 2.5
Nanophotonics Optional 2.5
Nonlinear dynamics Compulsory 2.5
Òptica no lineal Compulsory 4
Optical metrology Optional 5
Optical micromanipulation workshop Optional 2.5
Optical remote sensing Optional 2.5
Optomechanical systems design Optional 5
Optycal Systems Optional 12
Photonic materials and Devices Optional 12
Photonics & business Optional 2.5
Photovoltaic devices Optional 2.5
Pràctiques en la Indústria Compulsory 5
Project Courses (Research Lab) to Elective Courses Optional 4
Quantum communication Optional 2.5
Quantum computation Optional 2.5
Quantum optics Optional 5
Seminar Course (Reseacrh Topics) Optional 4
Seminars & skills Optional 2.5
Spanish Language Optional
Theoretical Optics Compulsory 4
Tools from Large Scale Instrumentation Imaging Optional 5
Tools from Large Scale Instrumentation Imaging Optional 2.5
Ultrafast and ultraintense laser light Optional 2.5

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