Study program

The course schedule of the M.Sc. Photonics starts in the first semester with an adjustment module with fundamental lectures compulsory for all students. The longer the students follows the study program, the larger their freedom to choose among a great number of different subjects from the rich topical catalogue of the M.Sc. Photonics study program (download the full PDF version here). Likewise, with the students growing experience and knowledge, they are continuously pulled into our research-grade laboratories to perform top-notch photonics research and to develop into independently thinking, creative, young scientists.

1st semester: Fundamentals and adjustment (30 ECs)

Fundamentals (2 courses of 4 ECs each, 4+4=8 ECs)

  • Optical metrology and sensing (4 ECs)
  • Introduction to optical modeling (4 ECs)

Adjustment (2 courses of 8 ECs each, 8+8=16 ECs)

  • Fundamentals of modern optics (8 ECs)
  • Structure of matter (8 ECs)
  • Advanced quantum theory (8 ECs)

Research module (6 ECs)

  • Experimental optics (6 ECs)


2nd semester: Fundamentals and specialization

Fundamentals (8 ECs)

  • Laser physics (8 ECs)

Specialization I (3 courses of 4 ECs each, 4+4+4=12 ECs)

  • Analytical instrumentations
  • Applied laser technology I
  • Biophotonics
  • Biomedical imaging - nonionizing radiation
  • Computational photonics
  • Design and correction of optical systems
  • Fiber optics
  • Image processing
  • Laser driven radiation sources
  • Lens design I
  • Light source modeling
  • Micro/nanotechnology
  • Microscopy
  • Milestones in optics
  • Modern methods of spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear optical properties of solids
  • Nuclear matter and formation of elements
  • Optical engineering
  • Optical properties of solids in external fields
  • Optics for spectroscopists: Optical waves in solids
  • Optoelectronics
  • Physical optics modeling
  • Physics of extreme EM fields
  • Physics of free electron laser
  • Physics solar cells
  • Plasma physics
  • Quantum optics
  • Semiconductor nanomaterials
  • Strong-field laser physics
  • Theory of nonlinear optics
  • XUV optics

Research module (10 ECs)

  • Internship (10 ECs)


3rd semester: Specialization II and research

Specialization II (3 courses of 4 ECs each, 4+4+4=12 ECs)

  • Active photonic devices
  • Applied laser technology II
  • Attosecond laserphysics
  • Biomedical imaging - ionizing radiation
  • Diffractive optics
  • High-intensity and relativistic optics
  • Image processing
  • Imaging and aberration theory
  • Interact of high-energy radiation with matter
  • Introduction to accelerator physics
  • Introduction to nanooptics
  • Laser driven radiation sources
  • Laser engineering
  • Lens design II
  • Light microscopy
  • Nanoengineering
  • Nonlinear dynamics in optical systems
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Optical properties of solids in external fields
  • Particles in strong electromagnetic fields
  • Photonic process. in highly ionized matter
  • Physical optics
  • Physical optics design
  • Quantum communication
  • Thin film optics
  • Ultrafast optics

Research module (18 ECs)

  • Research lab (18 ECs)


4th semester: Master's degree thesis

Research module (30 ECs)

  • Master's degree thesis (30 ECs)