Visualization of quantum bits conveying information on a 2D lattice.

Application for the academic year 2024/25 is still open!

Apply for our next Master's program starting in autumn 2024!
Visualization of quantum bits conveying information on a 2D lattice.
Image: Mattea Cecanti, ICFO Casteldefels.

This is how to apply for the M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology by following the links below:

How to apply for the M.Sc. Photonics OR the M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology in 2 steps.
How to apply for the M.Sc. Photonics OR the M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology in 2 steps.
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Application deadlines in 2024

  • June 23 (deadline for all international applicants)
  • September 15 (rolling admission deadline for German applicants and applicants with a valid German residence permit)
  • September/October 2024: Start of the new semester in Jena.


Prof. Ulf Peschel.
Prof. Ulf Peschel.
Image: Anna Schroll

Applicants for the M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology must have obtained or be about to obtain a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications in Physics, Natural Sciences, or Engineering. The final acceptance decision is made by the Abbe School of Photonics evaluation committee.

Note: you do not need to be skilled in the German language. The whole program is taught in English.

Students commencing their studies at our School should ideally have basic or even in-depth knowledge of 

  • Mathematics (complex numbers and functions, function theory, linear and vector algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations, vector analysis, integral theory) 
  • Physics (quantum mechanics, solid state physics, atomic and molecular physics)

Application requirements

The following documents are required for the online application:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) or Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) degree comprising significant exposure to physics fundamentals, or an equivalent or higher degree in the same areas. A strong background either in classical physics, electrodynamic theory or quantum mechanics is advantageous. If you have not yet finished your current academic degree, you may apply with a preliminary transcript of records including all completed courses thus far.
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) of one or two pages in length. (Please list all stages of your education chronologically, starting with your high school graduation or equivalent. You should also give a clear statement as to your current status and/or occupation including potential information on (un-)employment or parental leave. Chronological order also means that the CV should not leave any open or unidentified time slots. Any prizes, scholarships or extraordinary social, cultural, or sportive activities may also be listed.)
  • A letter of motivation (500 words maximum and to be typed)
  • A copy of your passport
  • Your high school (secondary school) leaving certificate with marks
  • A transcript of records with marks
  • Proof of your English proficiency by either of the following:
    • TOEFL or an equivalent English test (minimum points/grades): TOEFL PBT (550), TOEFL CBT (215), TOEFL IBT (85), IELTS (6.5)
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
    • A statement from your previous/current University confirming that relevant parts of your higher academic education were taught in English
    • German "Abitur"
    • Language exemptions: The following students are exempt from providing the proof of English proficiency:
      • Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada, or BSc and MSc graduates who obtained their qualification in one of these countries
      • BSc and MSc graduates who have been taught their previous higher academic education completely in English (language statement from the University is required)
      • holders of German "Abitur" with sufficient exposure to the English language
  • If you are applying for a scholarship of the Abbe School of Photonics, two academic letters of recommendation from two different referees (professors) are required. A template for these letters can be downloaded here; pdf, 274 kbhowever, the use of this template is not mandatory. Please make sure that each letter of recommendation is signed. If one or both referees prefer personalized, free-style recommendation letters instead, these should contain a quantitative performance statement of yours, a date, and an official headline/stamp from the higher education institution the referee is affiliated with.

    Note: If you are applying to study at the Abbe School of Photonics, without a scholarship, you do not need to provide letters of recommendation, as they will not affect your application.   

Please check the scholarship information and apply for scholarship funding if you are eligible. Please indicate which scholarship(s) you have applied for. If you apply for a scholarship of the Abbe School of Photonics you should apply as early as possible since the decisions on scholarships will be made during the rolling admission process.

For more information, please consult our FAQs. Please note that we cannot accept applications via post or email.