Master in Optics and Photonics

Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP)

Program Description

Master in Optics and Photonics

Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP)

M. Sc. Optics and Photonics

KSOP Masters Education. We believe that a Ph.D. graduate school is unlikely to be successful without the background / infrastructure and the “funneling / filtering” through a corresponding associated,  interdisciplinary coordinated masters program, aiming at attracting excellent students from abroad.

36 students per year can be admitted to our masters program. The best students of the masters program are supported by the KSOP Scholarship Program. Access to the KSOP masters education is granted via an application procedure.

A study plan is developed for each individual masters student (corresponding to his/her educational background) when entering the KSOP.

The M.Sc. course is divided into four stages providing the students with the necessary prerequisites (Stage I: Introduction), to give them a solid background on the most important topics within the wide and diverse field of Optics and Photonics (Stage II: Core Subjects) and let them acquire specialized knowledge (Stage III: Specialization) to be able to competently perform a six-month research project on a current topic of research (masters thesis). In addition, an 8-weeks industrial internship is scheduled between stages 2 and 3.

Focus of the Program

This master course completely devoted to the field of optics and photonics, provides a specific education on the masters’ level. The novel master program is one main source of doctoral student’s recruitment for the KSOP Ph.D. program. We also consider the masters course to be the main entrance channel for international students, who are willing to pursue Ph.D. thesis work in the field of optics and photonics. The interdisciplinary character of optics and photonics was the leading thought by designing this one in a kind two year M.Sc curriculum.

Target Group

For the Master course we consider applicants who have accomplished degrees in:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Biology
  • or Medical Sciences

Candidates with other equivalent but less common degrees (e.g. Mechatronic, Nanotechnology) will also be considered.

Due to the inhomogeneous nature of the degrees and education, an individual assignment of one or two adjustment courses will be determined for each student during the first semester to ensure a common background on most important topics within in the diverse field of Optics and Photonics.

A profound knowledge in mathematics is mandatory for all applicants!

Application KSOP Scholarship Program

The KSOP scholarship amounts to 800 Euro/month for international students and 400 Euro/month for German students. Part of the scholarship is a research assistantship. Within the scope of this assistantship, you will have the opportunity to work on a research project in one of the KSOP institutes.

The scholarship is first admitted for 12 months. At the end you have to proof your successful participation in the KSOP M.Sc. Program through very good study results in order to extend the scholarship for another 12 months.

Last updated August 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
2 years
Full time
600 EUR
Start date Oct. 2017
Germany Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 600 EUR
per semester; scholarships available