M.Sc. Photonics

| Jena, Germany
The Master's degree program has been established by funding of the European Union, including the European leading centers of optics education from the UK, Germany, France, Poland, and Finland. The program is designed to incorporate students of different backgrounds and nationalities and provides them with a solid knowledge in optics for scientific research and for its technological applications in industry.



Master of Science in Photonics is a Master´s course providing a multidisciplinary coverage of the field of optics/photonics, from upstream scientific aspects to engineering and applications in major sectors of economy. Students enrolled in the two-year program are trained for technical or scientific positions in industry or academia.

Key facts

  • The Master program is based on many years of experience in optics education at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, which has identified optics and photonics as one of its primary fields in education and research. At the same time the program is embedded in the modern research environment of the Abbe Centre for Photonics integrating many optics institutes of the university, the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics, the Institute of Photonic Technologies, the Centre for Ultra Optics, as well as a number of prominent industrial partners.
  • The Master program is established in the European education system and was selected for funding in the Erasmus Mundus scheme of the EU. The programme was jointly designed and is currently offered by leading centres for optics education in Europe: Technical University Delft, Imperial College London, Université Paris-Sud & Institut d´Optique Paris, and Warsaw University of Technology (The Master program is well adjusted to incorporate students of different backgrounds and provides the students with a solid knowledge of optics in science and technology.
  • The Master program is part of an entire education program at the Faculty of Physics and astronomy of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena specialized in optics/photonics, starting for the Bachelor level (BSc in Physics), continuing in the Master program, and culminating in a structured PhD programme (Graduate Research School in Photonics). Each module is specifically designed to provide the students with the skills necessary to fill adequate positions in industry and academia.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee

The FSU does not charge tuition fees. Instead, students must pay a Student Services Fee in the amount of 163.70 per semester in order to be officially enrolled. This includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use all public transportation in Jena and the surrounding areas for free. Students in their first semester will be charged 20 more for the creation of a student identity card, or THOSKA.

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Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Fundamentals of optics and materials: ray optics, wave optics, electromagnetic optics, guided waves, light-matter interactions, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, structure of solids, lattice dynamics, electrons in solids, semiconductor crystals)

Optical devices and systems: lens design & instruments, metrology, optical sensors, optical communication subsystems, laser devices, laser systems, opto-electronics devices, optical modelling and design

Imaging: imaging systems, statistical signal and image processing

Practical training: hands on research experience in state-of-the-art optics laboratories of the university and, in particular, in industry

New frontiers in optics:

  • advanced sources (quantum dots laser, petawatt / femtosecond /megajoule lasers, quantum cascade lasers, fibre lasers, XUV),
  • optical systems (3D metrology, remote sensing, advances in optical fabrication, adaptive optics, optomechanical design),
  • biophotonics (fluorescence sensors, optical tweezers, laser diagnostics and surgery),
  • nanophotonics (metamaterials, photonic crystals, subwavelength structures, plasmonics)
  • telecommunications (optical fibers, optical active components and optical signal processing),
  • ultraoptics (relativistic optics, ultarfast optics, XUV and X ray optics).
The program is divided into four stages providing the students with the necessary prerequisites in Optics, Condensed Matter Physics and Labworks in Optics (Stage I: Adjustment), to give them a solid background in important topics in Optics & Photonics as Laser Physics, Optical Metrology and Optical Design (Stage II: Fundamentals) and let them acquire specialized knowledge to be selected out of about 20 advanced courses (Stage III: Specialization) to be able to perform a nine-month research project on a current topic of research competently (Stage IV: Research Labworks and Masters Thesis). In addition, an 8-week industrial internship is scheduled after the second semester. The study will be complemented by language courses as well as ASP training courses provided by internationally renowned guest professors.


Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of "good" (2.0 in the German system) or better. Proficiency in the English language must be demonstrated at level B1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages; only internationally recognized tests will be accepted. A statement of purpose of no more than 500 typed words on one's motivation and qualification for this degree program as well as additional skills in the proposed area of specialization must be submitted. In addition to the standard application materials, a CV should be included in which applicants list all activities relevant to this study program and the proposed area of specialization.

Only a certain number of students will be admitted each year. Admissions decisions will be made according to the applicants' skills and abilities ranked in the following order:

  1. Admission to the Erasmus Mundus program "Optics in Science and Technology"
  2. Grade point average
  3. Statement of purpose
  4. Professional experience in the field of optics and photonics

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