M.Sc. Optics and Electronics

Aarhus University

Application deadline: 15 March
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 15,300 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2016
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The work of engineers and technicians is used every day in day-to-day life. It is the components developed by optics and electronics engineers that enable us to communicate worldwide with computers, fibre-optic networks and satellites. It is thanks to these engineers that we have modern wind turbines, biological sensors and medical scanners, as well as many other modern aids.

Students on the MSc in Optics and Electronics programme have the option to specialise in a number of areas within optics and electronics, including integrated electronics, sensor electronics signal-processing, and photonics.


For the first part of their studies, students attend a basic programme providing the academic foundation required for their chosen area of specialisation. Students choose from a wide array of specialist areas, ranging from integrated electronics to signal-processing and photonics. They have considerable freedom in choosing the subjects for their study plan, and in consultation with specialist lecturers can design a plan that suits their interests and background.


Students on the programme experience a dynamic study environment which, through its focus on the individual student, emphasises the interaction between personal and academic challenges. Students will become acquainted both with technically oriented and with more academic approaches to the subject. This interaction, combining basic knowledge with technical expertise and innovation, is at the heart of the degree programme.


The programme aims to train development engineers with the potential to innovate in advanced-technology companies both in Denmark and abroad. Denmark has a long tradition of developing telecommunications technology and advanced electronics. Graduates also have the option of continuing their studies at doctoral level, often in the form of an industrial PhD. Numerous companies work with optical and electronic systems for producing and using sensors, as well as optical and electronic components used for measuring and monitoring flow, pressure, temperature and movement.


The Masters degree in optics and electronics counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the optics and electronics fields of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the Department of Physics and Astronomy by choosing courses from the course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelors degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.

A year divided into four terms
The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 2-4 weeks.

PhD programme
If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.


Admission to the Master's degree programme in engineering at Aarhus University requires successful completion of a BSc degree within the same subject. For this reason foreign students must be able to provide full documentary evidence that they have completed a university degree equivalent in level and contents to a Danish BSc degree.

English language requirements
Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 560
TOEFL iBT® test: 83

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