M.Sc. Physics with Focus on Photonics


The Master of Science in Physics (M. Sc. Physics) is based on the long-standing physics teaching tradition provided by the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. In general, The Master course is open for German as well as foreign students, and since winter term 2016, all lectures and courses are taught in the English language. Anybody who has successfully completed a B. Sc. in Physics at a German university or at a university in a EU-country will be accepted to the consecutive program of study. The acceptance of applicants from other institutions and other fields of study is decided individually. For many decades and to date, successful finishers of the studies in physics will face the most excellent career opportunities on the German and international labour market, including leading positions in industry, academia and public service.


Key facts

  • All students who are enrolled in the M.Sc. Physics program can choose among different elective modules and topics for their Master's degree thesis. Building on the broad range of modules offered by experienced teaching staff of the Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), they have opportunity to specialize particularly in optics and photonics. All the elective modules offered by ASP are fully compatible with the study course M.Sc. Physics and may be choosen.

  • The Master's degree program is based upon many years of experience in optics education provided by the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.  Our university deems optics and photonics as one of its primary fields in education and research. A significant benefit of the program is that it is embedded in the modern research environment of the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP), integrating 13 institutes of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, the Centre for Innovation Competence "Ultra Optics", the Helmholtz-Institute Jena as well as a number of prominent industrial partners.

  • The Master's degree program is part of a comprehensive education program provided by the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Successful graduates are optimally prepared to be accepted as doctoral candidates either within ASP's doctoral program or within individual physics doctorates at the University.

Module catalogue

The up-to-date module catalogue is available for download here. More details on the study course, application and enrollment procedures are given at the website of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy.

International studies also for outgoing German students

Once enrolled, German students have the chance to spend up to one year of their studies abroad. The Faculty of Physics and Astronomy sustains a large network of reputed partner universities all over Europe who offer various study slots for students, both M.Sc.Photonics and M.Sc. Physics. These exchanges are coordinated by Prof. Malte Kaluza and the Erasmus Program. Erasmus stays abroad are further financially supported by fellowships from the European Union