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The Master’s in Biophotonics is multi-departmental program managed by the Sciences and Engineering Faculty. It is open to all students having a university diploma equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in sciences or engineering, amongst the following disciplines (or equivalent): Physics, Physical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Biology.


Students registered in the Master’s program have to complete a research project that will culminate with the writing of Master’s thesis. This research project is achieved under the mandatory supervision of two co-directors: one working in Life Sciences, and the other one in Physical Sciences or in Engineering.

Researchers who can act as research directors in Biophotonics


Biophotonics is a transdisciplinary domain that calls for (amongst other things), optics-photonics, spectroscopy, bio-analytical chemistry, life sciences and signal detection & analysis. Students who are registered in the Master’s program in Biophotonics come from many different undergraduate programs, which are however connected to one of the aforementioned domains. A complementary training is thus necessary for them to understand the stakes of Biophotonics and to carry out their research project.

For this reason, the Master’s program offers courses that are adapted to the specific training needs of students in Biophotonics and that allow the updating of their knowledge in the corresponding disciplines (ex: Biology, Physics, and Chemistry). It also offers courses that are tailored to meet those transdisciplinary requirements. Students have to choose 7 modules of 1 credit each (about 15 hours in class each) amongst a list of 12 optional modules. The choice of modules is based upon the relevance and complementarity of the training that is necessary to the student to complete his/her research project. The modules are generally given during the fall or winter semesters over a 5 weeks period, at a rate of 3 hours per week.

List of courses offered in the Master’s in Biophotonics: 

BPH-6001 Introduction à la biophotonique
BPH-6002 Séminaire de biophotonique (maîtrise)
BPH-7001 École d'été en biophotonique
ETH-7900 Conduite responsable de la recherche : cadres normatifs

7 Credits in this list:

BPH-7002 Optique classique
BPH-7003 Optique guidée
BPH-7004 Laser
BPH-7005 Optique linéaire et non linéaire des tissus
BPH-7006 Imagerie biomédicale
BPH-7007 Spectroscopie optique
BPH-7008 Méthodes quantitatives en chimie analytique
BPH-7009 Analyse de signaux
BPH-7010 Biologie cellulaire
BPH-7011 Génétique, génomique et biologie moléculaire
BPH-7012 Microbiologie, virologie et immunologie
BPH-7013 Biochimie

Research: The student must complete the research activities in his or her program.

BPH-6811 Activité de recherche - mémoire 1
BPH-6812 Activité de recherche - mémoire 2
BPH-6813 Activité de recherche - mémoire 3
BPH-6814 Activité de recherche - mémoire 4

More information on the master's courses (French only)

Summer School in Biophotonics (BPH-7001)

Students will also participate in an intensive (10 days, full time) research and hands-on sessions in class and in the labs of the Neurophotonics Centre. This training activity also brings together students from around the world, selected through a competition, as well as several internationally renowned researchers in the field who will give lectures and participate in practical workshops. This school, which focuses on biophotonics for neurosciences, will allow the students to integrate and make use of the theoretical knowledge acquired by the short modules of the MSc program.


To register

List of present-day students

More information on the Master's program (French only)

Sciences and Engineering Faculty, Université Laval, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045 avenue de la Médecine Bureau 1033, Québec, Canada, G1V 0A6
Ph.: 418-656-2163, Fax: 418-656-5902
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