Official doctoral program in laser, photonics and vision


Program Description



The program of Doctorate in Laser, Photonics and Vision Is an Interuniversity program that is offered jointly with the Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo.

It is designed for advanced training in the field of Laser technologies, Photonics and Vision techniques. Its final objective is to provide a training of scientific excellence to future researchers and professionals in this field, thus responding to the growing demand for training for its integration into the national and international R & D & I system.

Why study the degree

In socio-political terms, the scientific-technical sector of science and optical and photonic technology is of extreme importance for the great challenges of the 21st century. The European Union has identified Photonics as one of six key enabling technologies (KET), whose development will determine the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of European industry's long-term employment. Investment in these technologies will be given priority attention in EU R & D & I policies, not only because of their impact on the Union's industrial and innovation capacity, but also because of their effect on social challenges such as Efficiency and independence of energy, health and health care or transportation, among others.

The program groups the human and material resources of the different research groups related to the areas of Laser, Photonics and Vision. All of them have extensive experience in the academic and research field, reflected in the direction and realization of numerous scientific projects, publications and doctoral theses.

Lines of investigation

These are the lines of research of this doctoral program:

  • Laser and Photonics
  • Laser and Vision Technologies

Specific Training Complements

In case the doctor does not have the complete previous training required in the program, his / her admission to the program may be conditioned to the surpassing of specific training complements, which may be subjects or modules of master and degree. The complements assigned to the same doctorate may not exceed 15 ECTS credits and may be made prior or simultaneous to the tuition in academic tuition in the program.

In case of simultaneous realization the students will have to register for these complements at the moment of formalizing the tuition of academic tutelage in the program, which must be surpassed in the maximum term of three consecutive quarters. Failure to do so will result in student disqualification from the program.


  • Biomedical Applications of Lasers: Physical Foundations
  • Coherent Optics
  • Physics of Lasers
  • Industrial Applications of Lasers
  • Laser Sensors: Fundamentals and Applications
  • Quantum Optics
  • Computational Methods
  • Metrological Applications of Lasers
  • Optical Communications
  • Environmental Applications of Lasers
  • Photonics Laboratory
  • Laser Basics Lab

Formative Activities of the Program

  • Training Seminars on specific topics of Laser, Photonics and Vision Seminar on topics of interest and actuality taught by professors of the Program, visiting professors / researchers or external professionals Compulsory. 20 hours
  • Conference on Technology Valuation and Transfer. Attendance at conferences organized by the respective OTRI of each University on management and transfer issues of R & D: Patent Application, Project Request, creation of Spin-off, EBT, ... Required. 20 hours.
  • Organization of Student Workshops of the Program Student meetings of the program for exhibition and discussion of the results of their work. Mandatory. 20 hours
  • Short stays of research Stay to complete and exchange experiences in a different center than the one in which the Doctoral Thesis is being done. It is recommended to make a stay of at least 3 months.
  • Formative Research Activity Publication of scientific articles in indexed journals JCR and attendance at national or international congresses A minimum of two JCR articles will be required as author or co-author and attendance at a congress.

Professional and academic outputs

Apart from teaching and research in universities, institutes and public research centers, it is estimated that in the EU there are around 300,000 direct jobs in the Laser, Photonics and Vision technology industry and others in companies that use it or They market

The development, manufacture and marketing of materials, components and optical systems, sensors, monitoring and measurement elements covers a multitude of sectors such as:

  • Information and Communication (Communications and networks based on fiber optics)
  • Industrial Manufacturing and Quality Systems (Laser materials processing, process supervision and control, photovoltaic energy ...)
  • Health and Healthcare: (Diagnostic Imaging Systems, Endoscopy and Microscopy, Therapeutic Laser Systems, Ophthalmology Elements, Biosensors, ...)
  • Illumination and screens (LED technology, OLED, flexible screens ..)
  • Defense and Security (video surveillance, biometrics, monitoring of environmental pollution, elements of assistance to the driving ...
  • Materials and Technologies (new materials for laser, fibers and other optical elements, nanophotonics, ...)

Recommended profile

As a general requirement of access must fulfill some of the assumption of Article 6 of RD 99/2011 or the second additional provision of said Royal Decree.

There are no specific access requirements for students coming from Masters with a subject related to the Doctoral Program:

  • "Photonics and Laser Technologies" USC-UVigo-UDC
  • "Research in Vision Sciences" USC-UVa-UCM-UMH-UM-UCoimbra
  • "Applied Physics" UVigo-UDC
  • "Research in Technologies and Advanced Processes in the Industrial" UVigo
  • "Photonics" UPC-UAB-UB-ICFO
  • "Optical and Image Technologies" UCM
  • "Physics and Laser Technologies" USAL
Last updated Mar 2020

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