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The terms optics & photonics are derived from the Greek optikós, referring to vision and phοtοn which means light. Hence, the areas of optics & photonics cover the research relating to light, including its use in many modern industries.

Optics & photonics are key technologies of the 21st century and are the Basis of today’s:

  • optical communications;
  • environmental sensing;
  • biomedical diagnostics in life sciences;
  • energy-efficient lighting;
  • solar energy harvesting;

Optics & photonics at a glance

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
  • Workload: 120 ECTS including an 8-week internship
  • Cost: 100 EUR registration & processing fee
  • Teaching Language: English


  • Optical Systems
  • Biomedical Photonics
  • Solar Energy
  • Advanced Spectroscopy
  • Photonic Materials & Devices

With study plans tailored to your needs, the master program prepares every student for exciting careers in the field of Optics & Photonics. The best master students are additionally given the opportunity to enter the PhD program creating a basis for world-class research.

We can admit 40 students to the program every year. Due to the limited capacity, access to the MSc program is granted via an application procedure.

As part of the International Department, KSOP students have the opportunity to take advantage of special accommodations and language courses in offered conjunction with your studies and research.

Programme structure

The program is divided into four stages that will lead you to the degree of MSc in Optics & Photonics:

  • Stage I Introduction: It provides the students with the necessary prerequisites
  • Stage II Core Subjects: Students are given solid background knowledge on the most important topics within the wide and diverse field of Optics and Photonics
  • Stage III: Specialization: Students acquire specialized knowledge in one of the five Research Areas of KSOP
  • Stage IV Master Thesis: Students perform a six-month research project on a current topic of research.

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Furthermore, the studies include an elaborated industry internship program with German optics & photonics industry partners.

Target Group Master Program

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

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science (with minor in mathematics)
  • Biology (with minor in physics)
  • Medical Sciences (with minor in physics)

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

A profound knowledge in mathematics is mandatory for all applicants!

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 the diverse field of Optics and Photonics.

Application Procedure

The application procedure varies depending on your country of origin:

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Candidates with outstanding study results (top 10 %) can apply for the KSOP scholarship program together with their application for the KSOP Master program.

Admission Requirements

  • Qualification for university entrance (e.g. Abitur, high school diploma, national test for university entrance, ...)
  • Bachelor degree or an equivalent degree in the field of science or engineering with above average grades (please read more: Target group). The Bachelor degree has to be completed with a minimum of 180 ECTS points or within a regular period of study of at least three years (if the Bachelor degree has not yet been conferred by the closing date for applications, but will be completed before the registration, you can apply with a preliminary transcript of records).
  • Profound knowledge in mathematics.
  • English language proficiency.

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Costs & Fees

The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) is funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg and thus the MSc program is cost-free just like any other Master program at a public university in Germany. The only fees charged for your studies, are 40 EUR in administration expenses and 62.70 EUR contribution to the “Studentenwerk” each semester. Additionally, you will need to consider the living expenses for the duration of your studies. Average monthly expenses of a student in Karlsruhe range from 600 EUR to 800 EUR depending on his or her personal situation.


KSOP - Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics
Schlossplatz 19
D-76131 Karlsruhe
Tel.: +49 (0)721 608 - 47880
Fax: +49 (0)721 608 - 47882
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For further information on the programme visit the following website.
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