The partners of the Max Planck School of Photonics research and teach at seven locations in Germany, including the RWTH Aachen University, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the University of Göttingen, University of Hamburg, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
Its network also includes several institutes that belong to the four most renowned research societies in Germany, namely the Fraunhofer Institutes in Jena (Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering) and Aachen (Institute for Laser Technology), the Max Planck Institutes in Erlangen (Physics of Light), Göttingen (Biophysical Chemistry) and Munich (Quantum Optics), the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, as well as the Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research and Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies in Jena.
The locations of the Max Planck School of Photonics are not only epicenters of photonics research and starting points of a dynamic industry, but also international heavyweights in academic and research-related teaching. The partners FAU, FSU and KIT act as supporting universities with excellent, accredited, established, and international photonics Master's programs. The MPSP Master's program thus boasts a unique setting and executes a competitive, international and multi-level selection procedure in order to recruit the best minds.