Skip to main content

This program will train you to apply optics and photonics to the field of biology in basic research, diagnostics, and biomedical intervention.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree in sicences, or an equivalent degree.

Applicants with a master's degree in the following related fields may be eligible: physics, physical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry engineering, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, biophysics, biotechnology, biomedical sciences, and medical biology. However, the admission is not automatic.

In some cases, the program director may require students to do qualifying coursework depending on their previous training.

French proficiency

The language of instruction at Université Laval is French. Hence, a good knowledge of written and spoken French is highly recommended. 

English proficiency

Although knowledge of French or English is not a prerequisite for admission, students must be able to read and understand texts in French or in English to successfully complete this program. Students who are not proficient enough in these languages may have difficulty in their studies. Students must ensure that they have a good understanding of French or English and, if necessary, take steps to improve their language skills during their studies (for example at Université Laval’s language school). In the event of significant deficiencies, program direction can impose corrective measures. 

Research Areas

  • Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Cellular and molecular biology


Refer to the section « Champs d’expertise de recherche des professeurs » in the official program description for more information on faculty members’ fields of research in biophotonics. (In French only)

A number of professors have an interest in supervising students under the agreement between UL and the CSC. Their areas of expertise and contact information are provided below.