Program - Max Planck School of Photonics

Program - Max Planck School of Photonics

Study phase (integrated Master's program)

Students holding a Bachelor's degree can enter the program in the study phase. During this phase, the students choose between one of the three teaching universities in either Erlangen, Jena or Karlsruhe, at which to complete the integrated Master's degree. All three universities offer courses conveying profound theoretical knowledge and practical training as a foundation for students' first research projects. Students can decide between courses on a wide range of topics in the field of photonics, thus accumulating broad encompassing knowledge generally, or to choose more select courses and become an expert in a specific research field.

Contemporaneously, students participate in educational events organised by the MPSP such as summer schools, block seminars and e-learning lectures, as well as networking and soft skill training. Towards the end of the two years, students carry out an internship at one of the network institutes and write their Master's thesis under the supervision of one of the scientists within the MPSP network (so called "Fellows"), who also assist the students in identifying potential research topics for the subsequent research phase of the program. For more detailed information on the study phase, please see here.

  • Specialization in an outstanding and international photonics study program at one of the three teaching universities Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, or Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Workshops on scientific techniques and personal development 
  • Talks and workshops by Fellows and guest researchers
  • Master's thesis in cooperation with a Fellow at the home university or one of the partner institutes
  • Transition from the Master's program to the doctoral program, connects the students with Fellows and PhD research topics
  • Scholarship to cover living expenses

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Research phase (PhD program)

Upon completion of the study phase, students transfer to the research phase of the program. Students already holding a Master's degree can enter the research phase directly. During this phase, students focus on their PhD research under the supervision of one of the MSPS Fellows at the institute with which the respective MSPS Fellow is affiliated. Students are encouraged to carry out the research phase at a different location than where they completed the study phase in order to take full advantage of the networking opportunities and specialised surroundings. For more details on the research phase, please see here.

  • PhD research with close supervision by a Fellow from the MPSP network
  • Modern research facilities
  • Networking with co-supervising Fellow at a different institute
  • Further discipline-specific and inter-disciplinary training courses, as well as soft skill courses
  • Spring/Autumn schools and doctoral seminars
  • Employment contract at the university or research institute to cover living expenses

Further information

Alumni network

Graduates become members of an excellent photonics network which aims to bring together young scientists beyond the PhD program, thereby enabling exposure to excellent career opportunities. 




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