Photonics, M.Sc. in Germany

Friedrich Schiller University Jena Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Study in:Germany
Deadline: 31 May 2019


This Master program is highly international, fully taught in English, and provides a multidisciplinary coverage of the field of optics and photonics. Students enrolled in the two-year program are trained for technical or scientific positions in industry or academia.The invention of the laser in 1960 paved the way for a new research era in optics and photonics. With optics and photonics acting as enablers and catalysts, the invention of photonic technologies has far-reaching consequences, triggering a revolution in many fields of science, medicine, and technology.

Program Structure

The Master program comprises four educational stages:

  • Stage I, Adjustment: this stage provides students with the necessary background knowledge in optics, structure of matter and in condensed matter physics.
  • Stage II, Fundamentals: this stage provides students with a solid background in the following important topics dealing with optics and photonics: laser physics, optical metrology and optical design. It also provides hands-on experience in the optical laboratory.
  • Stage III, Specialization: this stage allows students to acquire specialized knowledge selected from about 20 advanced courses (e.g. biophotonics, computational photonics, micro- and nanotechnology, nanooptics, digital image processing, nonlinear optics, nanomaterials, optoelectronics, quantum optics)
  • Stage IV, Practical photonics training and Master’s degree thesis: an 8-week industrial internship is scheduled for each student after the second semester of study. According to their specialization, students perform a nine-month research project based on a current topic of research. At the end of the program, the students carry out an advanced scientific labwork in photonics and document their results in a Master’s Thesis.

The Master’s degree program is complemented by German and English language courses as well as specialized lectures and courses provided by internationally renowned guest professors. For more details, please visit:


Our graduates are regularly appointed at key and leading positions in science, industry or governmental positions, in Germany and all over the world.


Our faculty has decades of experiences in teaching and educating students at the highest international standards. Some selected lecturers are listed here:

Academic Requirements

Applicants must have obtained or be about to obtain a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in Physics, Natural Sciences, or Engineering. The following documents are required for the online application:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) or Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) degree comprising significant exposure to physics fundamentals, or an equivalent or higher degree in the same areas.
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a letter of motivation (500 words at maximum)
  • a transcript of records with marks
  • a proof of proficiency in English (see below)
  • if applying for a scholarship, two additional letters of recommendation from professors are required.

Work Experience

There are no requirements on working experience.

Technological Requirements

Apart from the Bachelor’s degree, there are no strict requirements on technical skills for admission. However, to strengthen your application, please list all your skills and expertises (e.g. practical experience in optics and clean room labs, IT and programming skills, etc.) in your CV.


Students at the Abbe School of Photonics can apply for one of our scholarships during the regular application procedure. These scholarships are based on criteria of academic excellence and are granted for 24 months, thus covering the entire two-year Master’s degree program time period. We offer scholarships that comprise a stipend of 400…800 EUR per month and additional German language courses. Approximately 10 scholarships are available per year.

For more information on our various scholarship programs, please visit

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