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Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)

Generous scholarships available in the dynamic field of Photonics

The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) is a top tier interdisciplinary graduate school in Germany that provides and coordinates an integrated Ph.D. program in the photonics education for excellent graduates and doctoral candidates from all over the world. Our Ph.D. candidates can conduct their program at one of the network partners; these are among highly ranked German universities or one of the most renowned research institutions, in many different locations across Germany.

The MPSP offers a program structured in two phases. Within the first phase, we call it the study phase, candidates obtain a photonics master’s degree from one of three teaching universities in Erlangen, Jena or Karlsruhe. Within the second phase, called the research phase, candidates conduct their active research work under the supervision of one out of 48 Fellows of the MPSP. Apart from an excellent network, the MPSP offers generous scholarships and a supporting curriculum to foster interactions between the different photonics disciplines, to strengthen the research network and to advance personal and professional skills.

For Study Phase, offered study program:

  • M.Sc. Advanced Optical Technologies - MAOT program in Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • M.Sc. Photonics - ASP program in Jena
  • M.Sc. Optics and Photonics - KSOP program in Karlsruhe

For Research Phase, the PhD topics are offered in different research fields:

- Advanced Imaging - Attosecond Physics - Biophotonics - Fiber Optics - Laser Source Development - Nanophotonics - Nanoscopy - Optical Design - Optical Communication - Quantum Optics - Strongfield Physics - Ultrafast Imaging - X-ray Science

Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor and/or Master of Science/ Engineering/ Technology with significant exposure to physics, electrical engineering, chemistry, photonics or a related subject. If you have not yet finished your degree, you may apply likewise with a preliminary official transcript (university's certified statement of your academic record).
  • At least two referees (academic sources) who can attest to your academic, professional, and/or research abilities in the context of your interest in pursuing a graduate degree.
  • TOEFL, or an equivalent English test (minimum points/grades): TOEFL PBT (550), TOEFL CBT (215), TOEFL IBT (85), IELTS (6.5).
  • Additional documents, e.g. CV. See website for detailed information.

Timeline of important dates

  • Application deadline for the upcoming academic year is until December.
  • Personal interviews with pre-selected applicants are expected to take place until the end of March in the following year.
  • The program starts in Fall 2020.

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