Department Applied Physics
Program Photonics
Degree Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Study language German
Duration 4 semesters
Location Steinfurt
Begin Winter semester
Application deadline 15 July* / 15 August**
Admission restrictions
No local entrance restrictions
Aptitude test
Tuition / fees "Semesterbeitrag": 261.94 Euro (summer semester 2017)

* Applicants from outside the European Economic Area (the EEA includes the EU member states as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) without German qualification for university entrance.


** Please look at the information provided by the Service Office.

The graduate program in photonics covers the following topics:

  • Development of lasers and optical systems
  • Application of lasers for measurement tasks and materials processing
  • Optical communication
  • Optical measurement techniques and microscopy methods
  • Semiconductor technology and micro systems
  • Photovoltaics 

This degree program is one of the very few degree programs in Germany which are completely focused on optical technologies with particular emphasis on laser technology. There are hardly any other degree programs which are covering the optical technologies in comparable breadth and depth.

The term "photonics" is fairly new and symbolizes - in analogy to "electronics" - that in the past years a complete technological field has emerged that is based on the photon, the particle of light.

The degree program is offered by the Department of Applied Physics, which is very successfully conducting research in the field of photonics. The Institute of Optical Technologies, the Laser Center of Münster University of Applied Sciences and the Photonics Laboratory all belong to this department. (see "Links" in the left navigation column).

The students are getting a broad, application-oriented education with very good job perspectives in the rapidly growing photonics industry. Our alumni are in strong demand by employers active in laser technology and optics. The program leads in four semesters to the degree "Master of Science" (M. Sc.). This degree also offers the opportunity to continue studying in a Ph. D. program.

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