- Winter semester
- Mode of admission:
- without admission restriction
- directly at the University
- Study mode:
- Blended learning
- Registration Fee & Tuition Information:
- While students do not have to pay any tuition fees, a semester contribution must be paid in order to matriculate. The semester contribution is approximately 250 Euro.
Five Reasons to choose this Master's Program
Do you wish to deepen your knowledge of photonics and specialize in quantum photonics, laser & strong field physics, nanooptics, biophotonics, or optical instrumentation & systems? This master’s program offers you all that, plus the flexibility to study on-campus or online and the option to apply for a full scholarship to finance your stay in Germany (because this program is tuition free!). Sounds incredible, right? Don’t miss this opportunity — apply to the M.Sc. in Photonics today!
Special Program Features
Choose from a variety of interesting topics of specialization
Students of this program choose one of the following fields of specialization: Quantum Photonics, Laser & Strong Field Physics, Nanooptics, Biophotonics, or Optical Instrumentation & Systems.
Live in young and booming Jena
Jena is in the heart of the Thuringia region and is a student city full of young people. It is located not far away from other German cities such as Leipzig, Berlin, and Frankfurt, as well as the Czech Republic. It is also a city with a blossoming economy based on research and high-tech industry.
Possibility to obtain a scholarship
Students with excellent academic records can apply to different scholarship programs to finance part or all of their living expenses in Germany (because this program is tuition free!). Some of the alternatives are scholarships from the Abbe School of Photonics, the Max Planck School of Photonics, Deutschlandstipendien, and CSC Master scholarships for Chinese citizens, among many others. Click the “More Info” button to find out more. → More Info
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System accreditation is the internal quality assurance system of a state or state-recognized higher education institution in Germany. With system accreditation, a higher education institution receives the right to award the seal of the Accreditation Council for its self-assessed study programs.
The application requirements for the study program in “Photonics” are:
Previous bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in
- Natural Sciences or
Min ECTS points required:
Most students are graduates with a B.Sc. in Physics, a B.Sc./B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, a B.Sc./B.Eng. in Optoelectronics, or similar degrees. However, the university is nevertheless open to considering applicants from other disciplines who have a strong motivation to enter the field of photonics.
Regardless of their previous study program, all applicants should have a profound knowledge of fundamental physics, mathematics, and electromagnetic theory. Detailed knowledge of optics is not an essential prerequisite to entering the M.Sc. Photonics program. Nonetheless, existing experience in the field of optics can be helpful for an efficient study process.
Students should ideally have basic knowledge of both:
- 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).
The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.
Application & Admission
- → request information packages
- → see your personal application deadline & tuition fee
(starting in October)
Application Procedure & Selection
First, you need to register yourself on the online application portal of the M.Sc. Photonics following the steps described on the university's website. At the end of this process, you will receive the "Application for Admission" form which must be printed out, signed, and sent to [email protected] as a scanned copy after the ASP evaluation committee has accepted you.
A comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) one or two pages in length. Please list all stages of your education chronologically, starting with your high school graduation or equivalent. You should also give a clear statement as to your current status and/or occupation, including potential information on (un-)employment or parental leave. Chronological order also means that the CV should not leave any open or unidentified time slots. Any prizes, scholarships, or extraordinary social, cultural, or athletic activities may also be listed.
500 words maximum, typed
Copy of Passport
Your high school (secondary school) leaving certificate with marks.
If you are applying for a scholarship of the Abbe School of Photonics, two academic letters of recommendation from two different referees (professors) are required. A template for these letters can be downloaded. Click on the “More Info” button. However, the use of this template is not mandatory. Please make sure that each letter of recommendation is signed. If one or both referees prefer personalized, free-style recommendation letters instead, these should contain a quantitative performance statement of yours, a date, and an official headline/stamp from the higher education institution the referee is affiliated with.
Note: If you are applying to study at the Abbe School of Photonics, without a scholarship, you do not need to provide letters of recommendation, as they will not affect your application.
Chinese and Vietnamese applicants need to provide a certificate from the Academic Evaluation Center (APS) of the German Embassy.
Since 2009, more than 500 students have successfully graduated from the M.Sc. in Photonics program. Click here to read their profiles.