M.Sc. Optics and Electronics

Aarhus University

Application deadline: 15 March
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 15,300 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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As a student on the MSc in Optics and Electronics programme, you have the option of specialising in a number of areas within optics and electronics. These include analogue and digital electronics for regulation, data transmission and collection, fibre optics, integrated optics and electro-optics.

In our everyday lives, we make use of the work carried out by engineers and technicians. This is because the components developed by optics and electronics engineers enable us to communicate worldwide via computers, fibre optic networks and satellites.

These engineers also leave their fingerprints on the development of modern wind turbines, biological sensors and scanners used in medicine as well as many other modern aids.

Options and specialisation

During the first part of their studies, students do subjects that are basic to the degree programme and which provide the academic foundation required for their chosen area of specialisation. As a student of optics and electronics, you can choose from a wide range of specialist areas, ranging from optics to electro-optics and from semiconductor technology to pure electronics. In choosing the subjects in your study plan, you have considerable freedom. Students can therefore select from a number of optional modules, including experimental technology, data collection, micro-controls, material physics and many others.

In consultation with the specialist lecturers, students will be able to design precisely the study plan which suits their interests and background.

Dynamic teaching

Students attend classes at both the Department of Engineering and the main Aarhus University campus. Most of the teaching which takes place on the main university campus takes place at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Both locations are within a short distance of each other in the centre of Aarhus.

As a student on the programme, you will experience two dynamic study environments that focusing on the individual student emphasise the interaction between personal and academic challenges. During their studies, students become acquainted with both technically oriented and more academic approaches to the subject. This interaction is one of the core elements of the degree programme, where basic knowledge is combined with technical expertise and innovation.

Career opportunities in Denmark and abroad

The degree programme aims to educate development engineers with significant innovative potential for advanced technology companies in Denmark and abroad.

Denmark has a long tradition of developing telecommunications technology, optical sensors, advanced light sources and similar technology. Graduates also have the option of continuing their studies at the doctoral level, often in the form of an Industrial PhD.

Numerous companies work with optical and electronic systems aimed at producing sensors as well as optical and electronic components measuring and monitoring flow, pressure, temperature and movement, for example.


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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