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Medical Photonics

Study information
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Key facts
Master of Science
4 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 272,80
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Science
Medical schoolExternal link
Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

Aim of the masters programme in Medical Photonics is to prepare students for scientific and research-oriented careers within the field of Medical Optics and Photonics and to provide the foundation for further academic programmes. As a student of this masters programme you will gain deeper theoretical, methodical and systematic insights into branches of biology, medicine, mathematics, chemistry and physics. At the same time, you will gather the necessary experimental skills for doing research in the field of Medical Photonics. During your studies, you will have the possibility to receive specialised training in various subfields of Medical Photonics, such as microscopy, spectroscopy and diagnostics as well as clinical applications of these techniques.

Special features

Adjustment modules offered at the beginning of the master programme aim at complementing your knowledge in the neighbouring disciplines. Modules in this block impart knowledge in human biology, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Additional modules will give you training in basic skills such as programming, statistics and image processing, which is fundamental to all other modules. Moreover, elective courses in the 2nd and 3rd semester will allow you to focus in more depth on special topics of Medical Photonics. Exercises and practical training in student and research laboratories complement all courses. The faculties of medicine, physics and astronomy, chemistry and earth sciences and extramural research institutes organise all theoretical and practical modules jointly. All courses and examinations will be held in English.

Career opportunities

The MSc Medical Photonics programme will provide you with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to work in the interdisciplinary field of Medical Photonics. The program will facilitate you to use and develop optical methods in biomedical research and in clinical practice. Graduates of the MSc Medical Photonics will have excellent prospects in finding a job at technology-related companies in optics, medical technology or life sciences. These branches will experience a severe lack in skilled specialists in the near future. Alternatively, graduates can pursue a scientific career and participate in one of the PhD programmes of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. Medical doctors can use the master programme to gain insight into optical and photonic techniques and to qualify for MD / PhD programmes of the Medical Faculty.

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent

    For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree.

    ​The overall grade (CGPA) of the bachelor's degree must be GOOD or better (German and US systems: 2.5).

  • Language requirements

    This master's programme requires the following language proficiency:  

    • good English language proficiency (a direct proof by certificate is not compulsory)

Application documents

  • CV

    Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

  • Motivation letter

    A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

    • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
    • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
    • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
    • Why Jena?


  • University entrance qualification certificate

    Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

  • Previous university degrees earned

    All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

  • Corresponding transcripts

    Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme (minimum requirement is the transcript/mark sheet up to the semester before the last). This trancript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

    You need at least 140 credits (ECTS) by the time you apply.

  • Proof of relevant work experience

    Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

  • Proof of subject-specific practical experience

    Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Additional application documents for international students

  • Translation of foreign/external application documents

    Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

  • Proof of grading system

    External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system (= description of the maximum grade possible and the minimum passing grade) used at the respective University. 

  • Certificate APS

    Applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

  • University entrance exam

    Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

    • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
    • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
    • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advisor / Contact person for examination affairs - Dr. Holger Babovsky

Office of the Dean of Studies - Faculty of Medicine
Bachstraße 18
07743 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link

Biomolecular Photonics Group - Prof. Dr. Christoph Biskup
Examinations Office of MSc Medical Photonics

Haus 1, Room 3rd floor, room 372
Bachstraße 18
07743 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link

Master Service Centre

Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person as well as by Service Desk (ticket system), Zoom, live chat, post and telephone.

Telephone consultation:
Tuesday - Thursday
10 am - 11 am

Personal consultation:
Tuesday - Thursday
2 pm - 3 pm

Live chat:
10 am - 12 noon

Ticket enquiries via Service Desk at:

Postal address:
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Master Service Centre
07737 Jena

Video chat: Zoom – Video chat Videochat ZeitenTuesday - Thursday
3:15 pm - 4 pm
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