Study Content

Are you considering a master’s degree in Photonics? Then you will want to know what content we have to offer and what specializations you can choose from.

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Light-based technologies are the key factors behind societal megatrends such as digitalization, IoT, Big Data, artificial intelligence or the mobility of the future. Photonics is revolutionizing the agricultural and food sector, opening up new opportunities through laser-based precision manufacturing, providing key components for medical technologies for instant diagnosis of serious diseases and will be of enormous importance in digital transformation and Industry 4.0. Underpinning all of these technologies is the generation, control, detection and interaction of light.

With a Master in Photonics, you will understand key photonic components, light-based processes and measurement methods. You will use and combine these for innovative applications and understand how photonic systems are designed and how they can be combined with electrical and mechanical systems. Photonics engineers explore innovative technologies and can evaluate the feasibility and market significance of new photonic systems.

Graduates of the master's program in photonics are interdisciplinary all-rounders. They are predestined for leadership positions with management responsibility in the fields of research and development, smart manufacturing, industrial process and quality control, as well as automation and digital factories (Industry 4.0).

Study Focus

  • Modern laser-based precision manufacturing
  • Optical metrology and image processing
  • Optoelectronics and Electro optics
  • Design and modeling of photonic systems
  • Micro Technologies

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Tailor Your Studies to Your Interests

Your studies consist of theory and context modules and your chosen specialization in photonics. Your specialization makes up about two thirds of your studies. You will acquire specialist know-how through project work, seminars, supplementary courses and the master's thesis. Depending on your interests, you tailor your studies to your interests from a variety of options. When choosing your project work, you can demonstrate broad skills or specialize in a particular area.

The Photonics profile offers supplementary courses in various areas. The exact topics are determined individually in consultation with your study advisor.

Aktuelle Themen Photonik (pdf) – German Module Description

Project work forms the core of your master's degree program. You will work on practice- and application-related research topics at a high professional level. The project work is carried out in collaboration with one or more industrial partners or within the framework of publicly funded projects.

At the end of your studies, the master's thesis demonstrates your ability to independently carry out comprehensive work with high methodological, conceptual and scientific standards. As with the project work, we place particular emphasis on practical relevance and topicality.

You complete one third of your master's degree as theory and context modules. Theory modules with technical-scientific focus (TSM) and advanced fundamentals (FTP) provide you with long-term knowledge and train your skills in abstract thinking. You complete your timetable with context modules (CM) from the fields of management, communication and culture.

Each student receives intensive support from a student advisor. The first conversation with a student advisor is after acceptance. You work together to create a timetable that matches your interests and objectives. Your individual study agreement sets out your study objectives and the modules selected to achieve them.