Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Optics & Photonics

M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Optical Technologies
No. of places
English only
Winter semester:  30 Apr
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Free / 1500€
Tuition fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mathematics (with minor in physics), computer science (with minor in mathematics), biology, biotechnology, or biomedical Engineering (with minor in physics).

Profound knowledge in mathematics is mandatory for all applicants.

Minimum standard period of study: 3 years.
Required ECTS credits: 180.

If the bachelor's degree has not yet been conferred by the closing date for applications but will be completed before the registration, you can apply with a preliminary transcript of records.

GPA Comment

Above-average grades.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

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Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
TOEFL: only certificates that were sent directly by ETS will be taken into account. IELTS: please send a copy including the Test Report Form (TRF) number and the university will confirm it with the IELTS Verification Service. The test is not necessary if your mother tongue is English or you have completed your former study program in English. In this case, the official language of your former study program has to be mentioned on the final certificate, its supplement or the transcript of records. German language skills are no precondition for the program.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
No. of places available:
directly at University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

At the end of your online application you will be asked to print your application documents and send them to the following address:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
International Student Office
Adenauerring 2
76131 Karlsruhe/Germany

You have to enclose the following documents in English in your printed application*:

  1. Copy of your bachelor's degree (if the bachelor's degree is not yet available at the closing date for applications but will be completed before the registration, you can apply with a preliminary transcript of records).
  2. CV in English.
  3. Letter of motivation (no longer than one page).
  4. 2 recommendation letters: at least one recommendation letter from a professor of your current university is needed. Please forward this form for recommendation letters to the referees. They need to send the filled out form as a scanned copy via e-mail to the KSOP Office: info-KSOP@idschools.kit.edu
  5. Proof of English language proficiency (see language requirements).
  6. Chinese, Mongolian & Vietnamese Applicants: Please insert an APS certificate or hand it in the latest by April 30th.
  7. Scholarship application: If you can prove excellent study results (top 10% of your batch), you can apply for financial support within the scope of the KSOP Scholarship Program. Please attach the scholarship application to your printed application and send it together with your documents. Please also check the offers of other scholarship providers as the number of scholarships is restricted.

* If your certificates need to be translated into English, please hand in a copy of the certified translation into English. Please only hand in copies of your documents because we are not able to send back the documents to you. Upon enrollment at the KIT, you have to show the original certificates and original translations.

Further Information

For more information please check the

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