Program - Max Planck School of Photonics

Program - Max Planck School of Photonics

The graduate school contains a doctoral program with an integrated master studies program. Students with a Bachelor degree enter the program in the first phase and first receive their Master degree within a two-year regular study at one of three teaching universities. All study courses provide you profound theoretical knowledge as a base for the students' first research projects. Also practical trainings are part of the curriculum. Beside the university study courses, we offer a MPSP specific education to improve your proficiency level with e.g. summer schools, block seminars, e-learning lectures, networking and soft skill trainings. Internships and research projects on the Master's thesis will be conducted in collaboration with one of the Fellows in the program. This will already help to figure out potential research topics for the second phase of the program.

In this second phase, they actively follow their research interests within the PhD program. For students already holding a Master’s degree, entering the School directly into the PhD program is also possible. Students work on their research topic in the group of one of our Fellows. Here we offer scientific courses to get a broad knowledge in the field of photonics or to become an expert in a specific research field. Additionally, soft skill trainings and trainings for personal skills will provide the students with tools for their individual career in academia or industry. Research stays at the facilities of other Fellows in the network enable students to get in close contact with the research community in Germany from the beginning of their active research career.

During the participation, financial support is given in form of a scholarship (master program) and an employment contract at the partner institute (doctoral phase). This enables full concentration on the studies and the research project, as well as personal development.

Qualification phase (Master program)

  • Specialization during the Master studies in the field of photonics at one of the three teaching universities Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, or Karlsruhe Institute of Technology by enrolling in an outstanding and international photonics study program
  • Workshops for the further development of the own personality and knowledge regarding scientific techniques and values
  • Research relevant courses e.g. talks and workshops by Fellows and guest researchers
  • Conduction of the Master's thesis in cooperation with a Fellow at the home university, or at one of the partner institutes
  • Transition from the Master program to the doctoral program and connects the students with Fellows and PhD research topics
  • Scholarship securing the living expenses

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PhD program

  • Conduction of the PhD with a Fellow from the network
  • Close supervision and networking with another Fellow as co-supervisor at a different institute
  • Further training programs by discipline-specific and inter-disciplinary courses, development of the own personality with soft skill courses
  • Summer/winter schools and doctoral seminars
  • Employment at the university or research institution of the supervising Fellow securing living expenses

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Alumni network

Graduates become a member of an excellent photonic-network, aiming at the connection of young scientists and applicants beyond the PhD program and thereby supporting a basis for excellent career opportunities. 

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