MSc in Engineering | Profile Photonics

Photonics is the future. Microscopy and spectroscopy form the basis of modern medical diagnostics. Lasers process every conceivable material with supreme efficiency. Fibre-optic technology is at the core of modern data communications. NIR measuring technology is helping to optimise the agricultural and food sectors. The Photonics profile of the Master of Science in Engineering degree programme enables you to play a part in shaping this future.

As a graduate of the Photonics profile, you:

  • Are familiar with and understand key photonic components, light-based processes and measuring methods,
  • Use and combine your expert skills to design innovative photonic systems,
  • Conduct research on cutting-edge technologies and implement them in applications, and
  • Can assume management and leadership positions in the areas of research and development, intelligent manufacturing, industrial processes and quality control, automation and digital factories.

Master of Science in Engineering


  • Title/Degree Master of Science in Engineering | MSc
  • Specialisations Photonics
  • Mode of study Full-time | max. 3 semesters
    Part-time | max. 7 semesters
  • Start date Week 8 and Week 38
  • Application deadline 31 July | autumn semester
    31 December | spring semester
  • ECTS credits 90 ECTS credits: Total
    30 ECTS credits: Theory modules
    60 ECTS credits: Profile specialisation
  • Teaching language German and English, or French and English (in each case at least language level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Location Biel, Burgdorf
  • School School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Programme Handbook

Master of Science in Engineering


Photonics engineers understand and master the physical principles and processes of photonics. They are able to resolve complex problems using suitable methods, assess the feasibility and market benefits of new photonics systems and lead multidisciplinary project teams.

Professional skills

With a Master of Science in Engineering with the Photonics profile you have a comprehensive understanding of modern, laser-based precision manufacturing, optical metrology and imaging, optoelectronics and electro-optics and the design and modelling of photonic systems and microtechnology. You are a professional with expertise on the use of light and lasers in a wide range of applications, such as lighting, manufacturing, measurement and medical technology.

Entry qualifications

Specific prior knowledge is required for admission to this profile of the master’s degree programme. Candidates holding a good bachelor degree in one of the following disciplines generally meet the criteria:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Microtechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in Material and Process Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in System Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Photonics


The focus of the master’s degree programme is on specialising in greater depth; two-thirds of the programme is devoted to this and is completed at a research unit of a university of applied sciences. As part of this in-depth specialisation you will write two project theses and the master’s thesis.

One-third of your degree programme focuses on theory, which is taught in modules. These theory modules are subdivided into three areas:

  • Technical Scientific Modules | TSM
  • Fundamental Theoretical Principles | FTP
  • Context Modules | CM

Your degree programme is planned with support from your advisor. This study advisor will also guide you on the choice of theory modules and specialisation.

We cooperate with the following institutes:

Institute for Surface Applied Laser, Phototonics and Surface Technologies ALPS

We deploy our future-oriented key technologies for the development of modern, digitised processes for the manufacture, modification and analysis of materials.

Institute for Human Centered Engineering HuCE – Optics Laboratory

The expertise of our Optics Laboratory (HuCE-optoLab) covers the fields of optical measurement technology, optomechanical and optoelectronic design, and state-of-the-art imaging systems with associated signal and image processing.

Institute for Printing Technology IDT

We are the leading research partner of the Swiss print industry. We work with companies in the sector to develop and improve printing machines and processes.

Institute for Intelligent Industrial Systems I3S

Our tiny sensor nodes connect the industrial process of companies with the industrial IoT, making them smart. By applying our expertise in machine dynamics, we are also able to make the process streamlined and efficient.


Do you have any more questions? Prof. Dr. Valerio Romano, Head of the Photonics profile of this master’s degree programme, will be happy to advise you personally. We look forward to hearing from you.

Master of Science in Engineering

The Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering covers a wide range of specialist skills. They are currently divided into 14 profiles throughout Switzerland. The Master of Science in Engineering can be obtained from Bern University of Applied Sciences in ten profiles.