PhD in Laser, Photonics and Vision


What you learn

The Program is divided in two research lines:

  • Laser and Vision Technologies.
  • Laser s and Photonics.

Both lines are handled by the following research groups: "Optic Metrology" (UVigo), "Microoptics and wavefront sensors"( USC ), and "Industrial Aplications of Lasers" (UDC ) The research activity of the UDC group is centered on Laser Materials Processing. Their laboratory is equipped with high power lasers for cutting, welding, cladding, rapid manufacturing...and short pulsed lasers for marking, machining, cleaning or non-invasive material analysis by LIBS.

Generic skills


  • A systematic comprehension of a field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with that field
  • Able to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial process of research
  • Able to make a significant contribution through original research which extends the frontiers of knowledge
  • Capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas
  • Can communicate with their peers, the larger scholarly community and with society in general about their areas of expertise in a sustained and exact manner.
  • Able to promote, with due regard to ethical considerations, within academic contexts, scientific, technological, social or cultural advancement.


  • To cope well when there is little specific information
  • To find out the key questions to solve a complex problem.
  • To design, create, develop and initiate novel and innovative projects in a given area.
  • To work both in a team or in an autonomous way in an international and multidisciplinary context
  • To integrate knowledge and give assessments based on limited information.
  • To review and intellectual defence of potential solutions.

Specific skills


  • Knowledge of the main contents and expression of the more recent advances and main challenges in the field of Laser, Photonics and Vision technology.
  • Knowledge of the safety measures in the use of laser, and overall protection regulations, including also aspects related to light pollution, generally radiometry and photometry of sources and lasers
  • Knowledge of the concepts, models and theories behind the specific lines of research on Laser and Vision Technology, and Laser and Photonics, to provide the students with a general overview, also serving as a basis for further learning.
  • Fast and systematic comprehension, and above all , up to date in the different fields of specialization, i.e., Laser and Vision Technology, and Laser and Photonics.

Professional and academic career

Professional and academic career

Other than in teaching and research at universities, institutes and public research centers, around 300,000 direct jobs are estimated to exist in the EU in the industry of Laser, Photonics and Vision technology. Many other companies that use or commercialize this kind of products ara as well a source of employement.

Development, manufacturing and marketing of materials, components and optical systems, sensors, surveillance and measurement elements span across multiple industries such as:

  • Information & Communication Technology (Fiber optic communication and fiber-based networks)
  • Industrial, Manufacturing and Quality Systems (laser material processing, monitoring and process control, photovoltaic energy...)
  • Health and Healthcare (imaging systems, endoscopy and microscopy, therapeutic laser systems, elements of ophthalmology, biosensors, ...)
  • Lighting and Displays (LED technology, OLED, flexible displays ..)
  • Defense and Security (CCTV, biometrics, environmental pollution monitoring, driving assistance ... )
  • Frontier materials and advanced technologies (new materials for laser, fiber and other optical elements, nanophotonics, ...)

Companies and institutions involved

The members of the research groups involved in the PhD program maintain regular collaborations with various organizations and companies in matter of research, teaching and student exchange:

Spanish Universities and Public Centers of Research: Universidad Jaume I de Castellón, Universidad de Murcia, Universidad de Zaragoza, UNED, Universidad de Oviedo, Universidad de Valencia, Universidad de Salamanca, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA-CSIC), Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio (ICV-CSIC)

Universities abroad: University of Loughborough (UK), Australian National University (AU), University of Arizona (US), University of Limoges (FR), University Pierre and Marie Curie Paris 6 (FR), University of Bristol (UK), University of Central Florida (US)

Other Research Centers: CNR_IFAC (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, IT), NEC-Labs (NEC Laboratories America, USA), AIN (Asociación de la Industria de Navarra, ES), AIMEN (Asociación de Industrias del Metal, ES), INDO (Indo Lens Group,ES), INL (Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory,PT-ES), LOMG (Laboratorio Oficial de Metroloxía de Galicia), CTAG(Centro Tecnolóxico de Automoción de Galicia)

Research lines

This are the main research lines for current study.

  • Láser y Fotónica
  • Tecnologías de Láser y Visión

Planning for teaching

Additional subject teaching

Candidates who do not meet all the necessary prior learning conditions for the programme may be required to complete additional courses in the form of subjects and modules from UDC Master’s and undergraduate programmes. The number of credits from additional subject teaching will not exceed 15 ECTS credits, which students may choose to complete before or after enrolment in the PhD programme.

Students who do not opt to complete additional coursework prior to enrolment should register for their extra subjects or modules at the same time as the PhD. Failure to complete additional coursework within a period of three consecutive terms will result in the termination of the student’s registration.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 16: Applications.

complements credits
Biomedical applications of lasers: physical foundations 6
Coherent optics 6
Physics of lasers 6
Industrial applications of lasers 6
Laser Sensors and actuators 6
Quantum optics 6
Computational methods 6
Metrological applications of lasers 6
Optical Communications  6
Environmental applications of lasers 6
Photonics Laboratory 6
Laboratory on Laser foundations 6

EIDUDC teaching and training activities

EIDUDC teaching and training activities

Programme-specific teaching and training activities

Seminars in specific topis of current interest on Laser, Photonics and Vision Seminario given either by Faculty members, Visiting professors or external professionals. Mandatory. 20 hours

Seminars on Technology Transfer and Valorization of Research Results. Short courses organized by the respective TTO's Universities on R&D management and technoloy transfer: Patent Application, Spin-off, Technology based companies,... Mandatory. 20 hours

PhD Students Workshops. Student meetings to present and discuss the results of their work. Mandatory. 20 hours.

Short-term research visits. Research visits to complete and exchange experience in other Centers or Institutions A stay of three moths ast least is recommended.

Other Formative Resarch Activities Publication of scientific articles on ISI-JCR indexed journals and attendance to national and international conference Publication of at least two articles in JCR journals as author/co-author and attendance to a minimum of one Conference as speaker is mandatory.

Supervision agreement

The PhD supervision agreement defines the academic relationship between the candidate and the University, the rights and responsibilities of each (including any intellectual and/or industrial property rights resulting from the candidate’s research), the procedures in place in relation to conflict resolution, and the duration of the agreement. It also specifies the duties of the PhD tutor and supervisor.

The supervision agreement must be signed by the candidate, tutor and designated university representative (or representatives) within a maximum period of one month as from the date of registration. The supervisor’s signature may be added subsequently, once a supervisor has been appointed.

When the document has been signed by all the relevant parties, the agreement is then added to the candidate’s record of activities.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 31: Supervision agreement.

Research plan

The candidate must prepare a research plan within six months of registration, with information regarding methodology, objectives, resources and milestones. The research plan is submitted together with the report of the supervisor and/or tutor for approval by the Academic Committee for PhD Programmes (CAPD). Improvements to the plan may be introduced with the approval of the supervisor and/or tutor based on the annual review of the student’s research progress.

Research plans are subject to annual review by the CAPD, including the report(s) of the supervisor and/or tutor and the candidate’s record of activities. Students will be permitted to continue with their studies if the outcome of the review is satisfactory. If the outcome is negative, the student will be required to submit a new plan within a period of six months. If the committee is still not satisfied, the candidate will be removed from the programme.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 30: Research plan.

Student mobility

UDC holds student mobility agreements with universities and other third-level institutions across four continents. Students are offered several opportunities each year to apply to study abroad in one of these centres (for a single term or for a whole year), with the guarantee that all credits obtained will be duly recognised in their academic record upon their return.

For each round of applications, the University publishes the list of exchange options available to students and, where relevant, the specific conditions associated with each. Students may also apply to the University for funding for international work experience placements and internships.

Work experience placements are accredited in the student's academic record and the European diploma supplement. Students are free to decide in which host company or academic institution within the EHEA they wish to carry out their placement. To assist them in their search, the University has created an online noticeboard with jobs postings and other news.

Work-study placements in A Coruña are arranged by the International Relations Office (ORI) of the UDC in collaboration with the international relations coordinators in the student’s home university. The general entry criteria, rights and obligations of students, and admission and acceptance procedures for the programme, are regulated by the UDC Mobility Policy.