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Photonics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The PhD in Photonics at ICFO collects expertise acquired over the years by its prestigious and experienced faculty members, some of which have been active in the field for several decades. The program itself was assambled after the creation of ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences.
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Photonics define the field of knowledge devoted to the generation, transmission, detection, control and handling of light. They are pervasive and ubiquitous, and provide one of the key enabling technologies of the 21st century. 

Photonic technologies are already very important in many fields, ranging from agriculture and manufacturing to telecommunication systems and services, and including medicine and health care, life sciences, environmental monitoring, entertainment, and many others. A large variety of academic institutions and industrial corporations worldwide need people training in the fundamentals and applications of Photonics.

The PhD in Photonics at ICFO aims at producing scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs who will form part of the next generation of leaders in the academic and industrial world in the area of Photonics and its growing applications. 

The program aims to produce some of the next generation frontier-expanders and decision-makers in area of Photonics, both in academia and in industry. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

As part of their training, PhD students will acquire transversal skills as well as a broad-based knowledge of the theory and practice underpinning their choice subtopic inside the Sciences of Light.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • CV of academic, professional and research activities, and portfolio designs.
  • References to research projects completed and publications.
  • Pre-proposal of the subject of the thesis (description, aims, methodology, point of view and bibliography). Maximum of five pages.
  • Report by a lecturer backing the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Research employment advice and support unit

To meet the growing demand for funding support, the RESEARCH EMPLOYMENT ADVICE AND SUPPORT UNIT assists in the management of predoctoral and postdoctoral grants and scholarships (official UPC grants, FPI grants from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, FPU grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and FI grants from the AGAUR).

Enrolment aids

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  • General category (3 or 4 children): a 50% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).
  • Special category (5 or more children): a 100% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).

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