Green laser on optical table in a quantum optics lab


Study information
Green laser on optical table in a quantum optics lab
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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 Physics and Astronomy
Abbe School of Photonics
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

The goal of this programme is to prepare students for research-oriented and science-based careers in optics and optical technologies and to provide the foundation for further academic programmes within and outside of academia. Students will gain profound knowledge of experimental and theoretical optics as well as specialised training in various subfields of optics.

Master and doctoral programmes in Photonics at the Abbe School of Photonics

Special features

All courses and examinations are held in English. Practical experience is integrated into each of the first three semesters. The research and practical components can be completed at either an institute of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, external research institutes, or research-oriented companies in the field of physics.

Career opportunities

Register 2021 group picture
Register 2021 group picture
Image: Schmidt, Dorit

Graduates of the M.Sc. Photonics have excellent prospects. Industry currently lacks qualified employees so that students of the programme often receive one or more job offer before completing the programme. Graduates are often sought for challenging and technically demanding positions not only in the fields of optics and photonics, but also in telecommunications and laser technology. Alternatively, graduates can pursue a scientific career, e.g. a Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Photonics.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent

    This master's programme requires a subject-specific bachelor's degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS  credits) or an equivalent university degree. 

    Students commencing their studies at our School should ideally have basic or in-depth knowledge in

    • Mathematics (complex numbers and functions, function theory, linear and vector algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations, vector analysis, integral theory) 
    • Physics (electromagnetic field theory/Maxwell's equations, solid state physics).
  • Language requirements

    This master's programme requires the following language proficiency:  

    • English language proficiency at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
Study advice - Abbe School of Photonics

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