Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
Apply for our next Master's program starting in autumn 2024!
Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
Image: Thomas Ernstling/ Gruner & Jahr.

Abbe School of Photonics

A fuse group picture of M.Sc. Photonics Class of 2020
Explore our Master's degree programs, scopes, course schedules, application process and scholarship offerings. Enrolled ASP students will find important information for each semester.
Visualization of quantum bits conveying information on a 2D lattice.
Apply for our next Master's program starting in autumn 2024!
Experimental setup for high harmonics generation.
The Abbe School of Photonics doctoral program offers complementary educational modules during your doctoral studies, including additional skills training, guest lectures and specialization courses.
Photonics Laboratory
The Abbe School of Photonics offers a full-scale academic education in optics and photonics at one of the oldest and most reputable German universities.
Workshop during the Innovation in Photonics Course in the Lichtwerkstatt Makerspace 2022
ASP and their partners are organizing a thrilling and inspiring program throughout the whole year, including international conferences and workshops, keynote lectures, and research group seminars.
Alumni celecbration of the Faculty in 2019.
Since 2009, more than 500 students successfully graduated in the Photonics Master's programme at ASP.

Who we are

Working on problems together.
Working on problems together.
Image: Anna Schroll

The Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) offers internationalized education programs with multidisciplinary coverage in the field of optics, photonics and quantum technologies. Topics range from current scientific aspects to engineering with product applications possible in major economic sectors, such as information and communication technologies, medicine and health, manufacturing, and energy consumption. Enrolled students are trained for positions in the technical industry or in the world of scientific research in higher academia. Our school is part of a full-scale education photonics program under the auspices of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Students enrolled in our Master of Science in Photonics or Master of Science in Quantum Science & Technology programs are offered a distinguished education track starting at the Bachelor level, continuing in the Master's degree program and culminating in a coordinated doctoral program (equivalent to Ph.D. level). Very attractive scholarships are available for high-performance applicants. Likewise, students who are enrolled in a Master of Science in Physics can specialize in optics and photonics by choosing from among all elective modules offered by ASP.

What we do

Front facet of the ACP research building.
Front facet of the ACP research building.
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

The Master's degree and doctoral programs are based on the profound experience in optics education which distinguishes the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The university has established optics and photonics as one of its key profile fields in education and research. ASP's education programs are embedded in the modern research environment of the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP). This interfaculty center of the FSU Jena maintains strong bonds with local research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision EngineeringExternal link, the Leibniz Institute of Photonic TechnologyExternal link, and the Helmholtz Institute JenaExternal link, as well as with several prominent industrial partners.

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