THE MAX PLANCK SCHOOL OF PHOTONICS
Join the Max Planck School of Photonics and light up the world with your research!
Photonics is a dynamic physical science which focusses on light itself, (the photon) creation, manipulation, control and photonics applications in everyday life. It is the key technology for various research areas and innovative branches of industry, which drives technological development in the 21st century.
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, our “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!
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About the Program
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:
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
Curious to find out more about the Max Planck School of Photonics?
- To the partner institutions of the MPSP
- More about the integrated MSc and PhD program
- Information about the application process
- The MPSP Fellows, PhD candidates and the MPSP Team
- Everything about digital teaching at the MPSP
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