THE MAX PLANCK SCHOOL OF PHOTONICS
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About the School
The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) is a top tier interdisciplinary graduate school in Germany that provides an integrated M.Sc. and Ph.D. program (or Ph.D. only) in the field of Photonics for excellent graduates from all over the world. Our PhD candidates can conduct their research at one of our 16 network partner institutions, i.e. top-ranking universities or renowned research institutions across Germany. The MPSP links up leading scientists in the field “Photonics” researching at German universities and non-university research organizations. This unique network of outstanding scientists, we call them “Fellows”, offers the MPSP PhD candidates early access to their collected knowledge and prepares them for their career as “Photonics innovator” in the German academia or industry. At the same time, this BMBF-funded program is advancing photonics research in Germany by networking science, driving synergies and piloting new ideas. Join the Max Planck Schools and apply for your future career in Photonics!
Photonics is the science of light, enabling numerous modern technologies such as non-contact sensors, quantum computers and energy and information carriers. The research spectrum in this area is as diverse as the fields of application, which is reflected in the Max Planck School of Photonics PhD program.
The PhD program is structured in two phases – the “study” and the “research” phase. During the first phase, the two-year "study phase", excellent Bachelor-graduates obtain their Master’s degree in photonics at one of three teaching universities. Afterwards, the PhD candidates specialize within their three-year research phase. They conduct an independent research project under the close supervision of one of our Fellows, e.g. in the fields of Ultrafast Physics, Nanophotonics, Biophotonics, or Quantum Optics. An additive curriculum further provides the candidates with soft skill trainings and cross-location specialization courses for personal development.
The main reasons why the program is the right choice for you:
- Full funding and no tuition fees
- Early access to innovative teaching and excellent research facilities
- Close supervision by outstanding scientists (“Fellows“)
- Unique network of German universities and research organizations
- Very good connections to industry
- Integrated MSc and PhD program (or PhD only)
If you already obtain a qualifying master’s degree, you can directly apply for the 3-year “research phase”.
Students on bachelor level start with the 2-year “study phase” and first obtain a master’s degree in Photonics from one of the teaching partner universities. You can choose between the following M.Sc. programs: