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Application deadline: December 15, 2018

The pre-sessional courses of the MPSP for the qualification phase (Master courses) will start on September 1, 2019 and in Germany. The PhD studies will be started according to individual agreements between supervisors and students, and the earliest of them prospectively already in April 2019.

Apply now for qualification phase (Master program) or PhD program!

Students holding or expecting one of the following degrees are eligible to apply at the Max Planck School of Photonics: Bachelor/Master of Science (B.Sc./M.Sc.), Bachelor/Master of Engineering (B. Eng./M.Eng.) or Bachelor/Master of Technology (B. Tech./M.Tech) with significant exposure to physics, engineering or a related subject.

Interested candidates can apply starting from November 1st 2018 via an online application portal. By then, all applicants are required to register and submit their application documents electronically via the portal. Please note that you can either apply for the first phase (Master program) or directly to the second phase (PhD program). For details, please carefully review the application requirements listed below.

Note that all documents must be provided in English or German for evaluation. In case that the original document is issued in another language than English or German, applicants are advised to upload both a copy of the original and a (certified) English translation to complete the application.

The application phase closes on December 15th 2018. Only complete application submitted by this deadline will be taken into account. Unsolicited applications via email or post will not be considered.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly  welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also especially encourages persons with a disability to  submit their applications.

Application for the first phase (Master program)

To apply for the first phase (Master program), at least the following documents are required:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) or Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree with significant exposure to physics, engineering or a related subject. If you have not yet finished your Bachelor degree, you may apply likewise with a preliminary Transcript of Records (ToR) including the explicit marks of all completed courses thus far. If available, a description with the explicit content of the courses you have mastered will support your application.
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV). Please list all stages of your education in chronological order. The CV must contain a clear statement about your current status and/or occupation including information on current employments, unemployment, or parental leave. Any prizes, scholarship, extraordinary social, cultural or sportive activities may also be part of your CV.
  • A letter of motivation (about 1 page at maximum and to be typed). It should describe your personal background, interests and reasons for applying to the Max Planck School of Photonics. In there, please include a reference to your choice of study course and express your preference on one of the three teaching universities within the Max Planck School of Photonics.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • Your school leaving certificate with marks.
  • A Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): general test, physics or maths subject test (highly recommended, but not mandatory).
  • Two letters of recommendation from two different referees (professors).  A template is available on the left of this website; however, is not mandatory to be used by the referees. Please make sure that each letter of recommendation is signed. If one or both referees rather prefer personalized, free-style recommendation letters, they should contain a date and an official headline/stamp from the higher education institution the referee is affiliated with.
  • A proof of English proficiency by
    • TOEFL, or an equivalent English test (minimum points/grades): TOEFL PBT (550), TOEFL CBT (215), TOEFL IBT (85), IELTS (6.5), or
    • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) exam or Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) exam, or
    • German "Abitur" with comprehensive coverage of the English language.
    • Language exemptions: The following students are exempted from providing the proof of English proficiency: nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada; or B.Sc. or M.Sc. graduates who obtained their qualification in one of these countries.

       

Direct application for the second phase (PhD program)

To apply for the second phase (PhD program), at least the following documents are required:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) or Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree with significant exposure to physics, engineering or a related subject.
  • Transcript of Records (ToR) including the explicit marks of all completed courses within your Bachelor studies. If available, a description with the explicit content of the courses you have mastered will support your application.
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) or Master of Technology (M.Tech.) degree with significant exposure to physics, engineering or a related subject. If you have not yet finished your Master's degree, you may apply likewise with a preliminary Transcript of Records (ToR) including the marks of all completed courses thus far. Again, a description with the explicit content of the courses you have mastered will support your application.
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV). Please list all stages of your education in chronological order. The CV must contain a clear statement about your current status and/or occupation including information on current employments, unemployment, or parental leave. Any prizes, scholarship, extraordinary social, cultural or sportive activities may also be part of your CV.
  • A letter of motivation (1 to 2 pages in length and to be typed). It should describe your personal background, interests and reasons for applying to the Max Planck School of Photonics. In there, please include a clear statement on your preference(s) of Phd project(s) you are applying. Please review the PhD research topics currently offered here.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • A Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): general test, physics or maths subject test (highly recommended, but not mandatory).
  • Two letters of recommendation from two different referees (professors).  A template is available on the left of this website; however, is not mandatory to be used by the referees. Please make sure that each letter of recommendation is signed. If one or both referees rather prefer personalized, free-style recommendation letters, they should contain a date and an official headline/stamp from the higher education institution the referee is affiliated with.
  • A proof of English proficiency by
    • TOEFL, or an equivalent English test (minimum points/grades): TOEFL PBT (550), TOEFL CBT (215), TOEFL IBT (85), IELTS (6.5), or
    • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) exam or Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) exam, or
    • German "Abitur" with comprehensive coverage of the English language.
    • Language exemptions: The following students are exempted from providing the proof of English proficiency: nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada; or B.Sc. or M.Sc. graduates who obtained their qualification in one of these countries.

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