During the study phase, students undergo a full-time Master's program at one of the three teaching universities within the Max Planck School of Photonics network, thus either the M.Sc. Advanced Optical Technologies - MAOT program at the university of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the M.Sc. Photonics - ASP program in Jena, or the M.Sc. Optics and Photonics - KSOP program in Karlsruhe (for more details on each university, see below). Besides the university courses, MPSP students also participate in courses aimed at the development and advancement of scientific and social skills via e-learning or workshops, such as practical laboratory skills training or scientific writing seminars.
Furthermore, the MPSP organizes spring and autumn schools for students in the program in order to prepare them for their PhD research (some of which are mandatory), and also in order to enable the students to connect with MPSP Fellows who match their research interests and could act as PhD supervisors. All MPSP students are encouraged to conduct their curricular internships and Master's theses at the various locations within the MPSP network.
Study programs at the three teaching universities
During this two-year course, Campus Erlangen offers an 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 city located in northern Bavaria, close to the city of Nuremberg. Its Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) is Bavaria's second-largest, hosting some 40,000 students. Erlangen has a long tradition in optics research and teaching, and 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 a key research priority at the FAU. For more information on this Master's program, please check the university's website here.
The international Master's Photonics degree program 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, and nano- and quantum technologies. Students in the second and third semester can specialize in a certain area, or accumulate knowledge on a broader scale by chosing courses from a wide range of elective courses and then specialize later on in 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. For more information on this Master's program, please check the university's website here.
The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP), graduate school at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, provides both multidisciplinary Master's 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. Additionally, KSOP provides its students with additional career training, networking events, free language courses and state of the art labs. For more information about this Master's program, please check the university's website here.