4 ECTS credits
120 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4012230FNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Partnership Agreement
Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen
Applied Physics and Photonics
Educational team
Hugo Thienpont (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
12 contact hours Lecture
12 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
65 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

In the course Recent Trends in Photonics (prof. Hugo Thienpont) you will (1) study and investigate the latest developments in the field of Optics & Photonics. You will (2) learn to how to find relevant scientific information (literature, magazine articles, websites) on a hot topic in photonics and (3) how to implement it in 45-minute presentation tutorial/presentation. In addition you will also (5) learn how to write a scientific report and how to create a scientifically correct bibliography and compile a correct list of references.

Course material
Practical course material (Recommended) : Magazines,conference proceedings, newsletters, websites, etc. ..., divers
Additional info

Lecturing team: Prof. Hugo Thienpont

Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

The course contributes to achieve the following competences:

·         Master and apply advanced knowledge in the own field of engineering in case of complex problems.

·         Thoroughly understand and apply several areas of specialisation (to be chosen by the student) in the field of photonics.

·         Be acquainted with the recent innovation trends in the domain of photonics.

·         Have knowledge of the most important application areas of photonic materials, components and systems.

·         Have an insight in the main evolutions of fundamental research in the field of photonics.

·         Understand the context of technical or scientific papers in the field of photonics and further investigate unclear parts independently.

·         Take up independent positions about complex situations and be able to defend the point of view.

·         Reflect on own way of thinking and acting and be aware of the own expertise.

·         Be aware of ongoing evolutions in the field of interest, improve competence to expert level.

·         Exhibit eagerness to learn about fundamental scientific and technical fields which are closely related to photonics.

·         Ability to talk about field of specialisation also in English.

·         Report on technical or scientific subjects orally, in writing and in graphics.

·         Act in an ethical, professional and social way.

·         Interpret the historical evolution of the own field of engineering and its social relevance.

·         Have an insight in the photonics industry and in the role of photonics in the scientific and technological evolution of society.

·         Show assertiveness, drive for innovation and a sense for the creation of added value.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Presentation with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

    Note: For the actual exam students need to prepare a scientifc tutorial/presentation of 45 minutes and submit a written report on a hot topic in photonics of their choice.

Additional info regarding evaluation


Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Photonics Engineering: On campus traject
Master of Photonics Engineering: Online/Digital traject