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Photonics - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

Equipment and rays of light in different colours


Photonics technology is today virtually everywhere. Photonics is the backbone of the modern internet and the unprecedented access to information and knowledge that we have today. Simultaneously, lasers and related technologies have become indispensable in almost all fields of science, manufacturing and society. If for cutting, welding or drilling in industrial production, for imaging, diagnosis and treatment in medicine or for light harvesting and illumination in places that are off the electrical grid, life as we experience it daily would not be possible without photonics.

The Photonics programme at Lund University aims at educating talented students in the science and technology that lies behind the photonics revolution. You will obtain in-depth understanding of optics and laser technology as well as practical experience in optical design. You will experience working in modern optics and laser laboratories and gain detailed knowledge of important photonics applications (e.g. communication or medical optics). The education programme is coupled to world-leading research activities in optics, lasers and their applications, performed at the Lund Laser Centre. You will obtain universal skills preparing you for excelling both in industrial or academic future careers.

Programme modules/courses

Mandatory courses and number of ECTS credits

  • Optics and Optical Design (7.5)
  • Lasers (7.5)
  • Optoelectronics and Optical Communication (7.5)
  • Advanced Optics and Lasers (7.5)
  • Master’s degree project (30)

Electives Mandatory

  • Medical Optics (7.5)
  • Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (7.5)


A number of 7.5 credit/ECTS courses available in the areas of digital communication, nano-technology, ultrafast science, bio-photonics and applied spectroscopy.

Full list of courses

Scholarship for students interested in Quantum Technology

Students applying for the Master’s programme in Photonics starting in 2024, has the opportunity to apply for the EDU-WACQT scholarship in Quantum Technology. It is available for non-EU/EEA students and covers 95% of the tuition fee.

Find out more here.

Career prospects

The employment opportunities in photonics are excellent. Since many years, the photonics market features stable growth much beyond the global GDP growth. Applications of photonics include light sensing, telecommunication, information processing, illumination, metrology, spectroscopy, medicine, laser material processing, automotive robotics and defense. The photonics industry is truly global and international enterprises offer job opportunities all over the world. A number of photonics related companies (e.g. Axis Communications, NKT Photonics, Veoneer, Ericsson) are located in Lund or the greater Öresund region. PhotonicSweden represents the optics industry in Sweden. Two international research facilities create additional opportunities for photonics engineers in Lund itself – MAX IV, a modern synchrotron of the latest generation, and ESS, the European Spallation Source that is currently under construction

Closed for applications

Application opportunities


Programme Director

Cord Arnold

Email: msc [dot] photonics [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

International Coordinator

Helene von Wachenfelt

Email: msc [dot] photonics [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. Completed courses of at least 40 credits/ECTS in physics and 30 credits/ECTS in mathematics, covering quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, basics in optics, multi-dimensional calculus, linear algebra and Fourier analysis. English 6..

Selection criteria

The selection is based on academic qualifications and on a statement of purpose.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

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Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:

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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

2 September 2024 - 7 June 2026


Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit the document 'Summary sheet and statement of purpose' when you apply for this programme.

To do this you need to:

  1. Fill in our template.
  2. Save the template as a PDF.
  3. Upload the PDF to your account at

Template for the summary sheet and statement of purpose – Photonics (PDF, 332 kB, new window)

No additional documents (such as a CV or letters of recommendation) are required when you apply for this programme.

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 340 000

First payment: SEK 85 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations

Scholarship for the Master's Programmes in Photonics and Nanoscience 

The Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology, with extra support from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, is offering the EDU-WACQT scholarship in Quantum Technology. The scholarship is available for non-EU/EEA students who are applying for the Master’s Programme in Photonics and the Master's Programme in Nanoscience.

Information about the requirements and how to apply for the EDU-WACQT scholarship

Testimonials and more information about this Master's