Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)
Your excellent international graduate school in Germany
The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) is a top tier interdisciplinary graduate school in Germany that provides an integrated MSc and PhD program (or PhD only) in Photonics for excellent graduates from all over the world.
Discover the Max Planck School of Photonics
- Full funding and no tuition fees
- Excellent teaching and research facilities
- Outstanding network of world-renowned Fellows
- Very good connections to industry
Our PhD candidates can conduct their research at one of our 17 network partner institutions, i.e. top-ranking universities or renowned research institutions across Germany. Find more abour our locations here .
More about the MPSP PhD Program
The MPSP PhD program is structured in two phases. During the first phase, which we call the study phase, you obtain a Master’s degree in photonics from one of three teaching universities. During the second phase, called the research phase , you conduct your PhD research under the supervision of one of the 48 MPSP Fellows.
During the whole program, you benefit from excellent networking opportunities as well as a supporting interdisciplinary curriculum to foster interactions between the different photonics-related disciplines, strengthen the research network and advance personal and professional skills.
Photonics is a dynamic physical science which focusses on light itself, (the photon) creation, manipulation, control and photonics applications in everyday life. As the key technology for various research areas and innovative branches of industry, it drives the technological development in the 21st century. It has gained such importance that this century is predicted to be the age of photonics, as the 20th century was for electronics.
If you are a graduate with a background in physics, engineering or a related field, Photonics is your chance to enlight the world with your research and work. With a PhD in Photonics, you'll have numerous career opportunities in both academia or industry.
Why studying at MPSP in Germany?
Germany is one of the leading Photonics nations in Europe and the whole world. German researchers at universities and non-universitarian research institutions produce excellent contributions to all photonics-related disciplines and fields - from attosecond physics to quantum optics, from fundamental research to industry-oriented applications.
At the Max Planck School of Photonics, we connect the brightest minds from diverse institutions to give our PhD candidates access to their combined knowledge and cutting-edge research. You can join research groups of your choice and contribute to the groundbreaking research. The MPSP set the goal to educates the best international junior scientists in an environment of excellence.
The research environment and study life in Germany do the rest for a fantastic grad school experience: Excellent research facilities and labs - fantastic, easy-to-reach nature and culture in your free time.
Join our free Virtual Lecture Series to learn more about our Fellow's Research (find all dates here) or our Photonics Coffee Breaks ( find all dates here) to connect with our Fellows and ask us any questions!