Qualification phase

Beside the full-time studies at one of the three teaching universities, the master program contains the additional graduate education in the context of the Max Planck School of Photonics. The curricula for obtaining the degree are determined by the master studies of the universities in Erlangen-Nuremberg (M.Sc. Advanced Optical Technologies - MAOT program), Jena (M.Sc. Photonics - ASP program) and Karlsruhe (M.Sc. Optics and Photonics - KSOP program). Additionally, the MPSP offers block courses for the development and advancement of scientific and social skills. These School specific education takes place in the context of e-learning and workshops with discipline-specific content, as well as additional preparation for scientific working within first laboratory projects and the master thesis (e.g. good scientific practices, scientific writing, and scientific communication).

Further, the MPSP organizes internal spring and autumn schools to prepare the students for their PhD research activities, and to foster the matching of students and prospective MPSP-Fellows and PhD supervisors. Participation in certain block courses and schools is mandatory for MPSP students as a part of their study grant duties. All MPSP students are encouraged and supported to conduct their curricular internships and Master's theses at different locations of the MPSP network.

Study program at the three teaching universities

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Erlangen – M.Sc. Advanced Optical Technologies
During the two-year course, Campus Erlangen will offer a fully up-to-date curriculum that starts with the foundations in physics and reaches all the way to state-of-the-art applications. Learn about exciting topics such as Bell's inequalities, photonic crystals, optical communications, quantum computation and many others! Erlangen is a university town located in northern Bavaria, close to the city of Nuremberg. Its Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) is Bavaria's second-largest, with some 40,000 students. Erlangen has a long tradition in optics research and teaching, with its more than 100 years of tradition as one of the optics centers in Germany. It is home to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. The graduate courses are organized within the context of the "Master Programme in Advanced Optical Technologies" (MAOT), jointly between the physics department and the departments of the faculty of engineering. Optics and Optical Technologies are an official key research priority of FAU. >more

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Jena – M.Sc. Photonics
The international master degree program Photonics in Jena - known as the cradle of optics and photonics - is based on theoretical fundamentals of optics, electrodynamics and atom and molecular physics. It focusses on the fields of laser physics, optical instrumentation, optic design, biophotonics, nano- and quantum technologies. Students in the second and third semester have the possibility to specialize within a broad range of elective courses or to obtain a broad range of knowledge and specialize within their master thesis. Laboratory training in starting from the first master semester accentuates the adjacency of the study program to the international top level within photonic research. The M. Sc. Photonics in Jena points out by a broad spectrum of education including language and soft skill as well as laboratory trainings and internships. It fosters close collaborations within the German industries in the field of photonics and a close individual and personal companionship for evaluating individual career paths. >more

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Karlsruhe – M.Sc. Optics and Photonics

The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP), graduate school at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, provides both multidisciplinary Master Program in Optics & Photonics taught in English. The educational concept is designed to qualify students for accelerated careers at world leading academic institutions and in high-technology industries. Students benefit from cooperations with the Optics industry. Partnerships with global corporations as well as with small and medium-sized enterprises facilitate their first career steps for those who are heading towards the industry. On top KSOP provides its students with additional career training, networking events, free language courses and state of the art labs. >more

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