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M.S. Photonics Technologies

The Photonics Technologies program offered by Tampere University provides you with in-depth knowledge of photonics ranging from fundamental light-matter interactions, laser physics and nonlinear dynamics to the design of optical systems, semiconductor technologies, advanced nanofabrication methods and measurement techniques.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: 1st of August 2021
Tuition Fee: € 12,000/year
Location: Hervanta Campus, Tampere, Finland

Theoretical knowledge is put into practice through experiments and hands-on laboratory assignments to develop both research and engineering skills. The Photonics Technologies program offered by Tampere University includes close collaboration with industry and regular seminars on emerging research areas. You will also be able to choose electives from among the wide array of courses offered by Tampere University.

Our extensive international networks offer you the opportunity to spend some time in other renowned institutions to further enrich your international experience. Your master’s thesis can be completed at the University or while working for an industrial partner.

After completing the programme, you will understand the role of photonics in society, have the required intercultural skills and international experience, and be prepared for a career as a high-tech expert in industry. You may also opt for an academic career.

Study Content 

  • The compulsory basic studies of the master’s programme provide an introduction to the field of photonics and allow students to acquire prerequisite knowledge for pursuing more advanced studies. The module also provides you with other necessary skills, such as the basics of the Finnish language and guidance for thesis writing. The specialisation areas available in the programme provide in-depth knowledge of photonics from different perspectives in two focus areas, Photonic Materials and Ultrafast Photonics and Lasers.
  • Hands-on laboratory assignments, where theoretical knowledge is put into practice, are an important aspect of the programme and develop both your research and engineering skills and prepare you to pursue a career in academia or industry. The programme also includes frequent interactions with industry and regular seminars on newly emerging research areas and technologies.

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I really enjoyed learning in a relaxed atmosphere, meeting other people from many countries doing different things and getting to know the University before the hustle and bustle of term time as an international degree student began.

Lauren // United Kingdom (2015)

Career Prospects

Industry careers in photonics may, for example, involve research and development or engineering in companies that manufacture new products for construction, telecommunications and medicine. Our graduates will typically pursue careers in the areas of networks, semiconductor technology, fiber and integrated optics, optoelectronics and software.

The degree will provide you with a wide range of career options that will be defined at the final stages of your studies and the master’s thesis phase. By making specific choices during your studies, you will be able to tailor your degree towards your desired career path.

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