Competence field 1: Competences in one/more scientific discipline(s)
Competence field 2: Scientific competences
- Master and apply advanced knowledge in the own engineering discipline in solving complex problems.
- Apply Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools and advanced communication instruments in a creative and purposeful way.
- Specify, design and test complex photonic components and systems.
- Understand and apply the properties of the most important optical materials.
- Thoroughly understand and apply several areas of specialisation (to be chosen by the student) in the field of photonics.
- Be familiar with the basic elements of another master discipline which is relevant in combination with 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.
- Understand non-optical aspects of photonic systems, in particular electronic, mechanical and thermal aspects.
Competence field 3: Intellectual competences
- Analyse complex problems and formulate them into concrete research questions.
- Consult the scientific literature as part of the own research.
- Select and apply the appropriate models, methods and techniques.
- Develop and validate mathematical models and methods.
- Interpret research findings in an objective and critical manner.
- Perform scientific research in the field of photonics at a starters level.
- 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.
Competence field 4: Competences in cooperation and communication
- Independently form an opinion complex situations and problems, and defend this point of view.
- Apply knowledge in a creative, purposeful and innovative way to research, conceptual design and production.
- Critically reflect on one’s own way of thinking and acting, and understand the limits of one’s competences.
- Stay up‐to‐date with the evolutions in the discipline to elevate the own competences to expert level.
- Readily adapt to changing professional circumstances.
- Exhibit eagerness to learn about fundamental scientific and technical fields which are closely related to photonics.
Competence field 5: Societal competences
- Have the ability to communicate in English about the own field of specialisation.
- Project management: have the ability to formulate objectives, report efficiently, keep track of targets, progress of the project,...
- Have the ability to work as a member of a team in a multi‐disciplinary working‐environment, as well as being capable of taking on supervisory responsibilities.
- Report on technical or scientific subjects verbally, in writing and using graphics.
- Function as a member of an international team.
Competence field 6: Profession-specific competence
- Act in an ethical, professional and social way.
- Recognize the most important business and legal aspects of the own engineering discipline.
- Understand the historical evolution of the own engineering discipline 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.
- Understand the safety standards specific for photonics engineering.
- Master the complexity of technical systems by using system and process models.
- Reconcile conflicting specifications and prior conditions in a high‐quality and innovative concept or process.
- Synthesize incomplete, contradictory or redundant data into useful information.
- Possess sufficient ready knowledge and understanding to evaluate the results of complex calculations, or make approximate estimates.
- Pay attention to entire life cycles of systems, machines, and processes.
- Pay attention to energy‐efficiency, environmental cost, use of raw materials and labour costs.
- Pay attention to all aspects of reliability, safety, and ergonomics.
- Have insight into and understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship.
- Show perseverance, innovativeness, and an aptitude for creating added value.
- Use photonic components and systems accurately.
- Choose the most appropriate design and test methods, including CAD methods, for photonic components and systems, understand their theoretical background and apply them accurately.
- Interpret the manuals of standard photonic instrumentation and work with this instrumentation.
- Submit and elaborate creative proposals to optimise the performance of photonic components and systems.
- Find original and innovative solutions for problems in photonics.