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Logo: HOT – Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies
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Course Details

Educational organisation

Combination of compulsory and optional lectures, student project, master lab tutorial and thesis.

Example course programme:

1st Semester


  • Optical Measurement Technology
  • Laser Spectroscopy in Life Sciences
  • Design of Optical Systems
  • Photonics
  • Laser Material Processing
  • Laser Measurement Technology
  • Physics of the Solar Cell


2nd Semester


  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Photogrammetric Computer Vision
  • Computer-assisted tomographic Measurement- and Visualisation Techniques
  • Optical Layers
  • Basics of Laser Medicine and Biophotonics
  • Automotive Lighting Technology
  • Production of Optoelectronic Systems

3rd Semester

Student Project


Master Lab Tutorial



  • Solid State Lasers

4th Semester

Master Thesis

Study abroad units



A twelve-week internship in the optical technology industry is an integral part of the course.

Forms of assessment

Written or oral examination after each semester

ECTS credits

120, see here

Course-related German language courses

Offered by the FSZ of University Hannover, see http://www.fsz.uni-hannover.de/deutsch.html?&L=1. Highly recommended for everyday life conversation.

Course objectives

The goal of the masters course is to educate and train specialists and executive staff for the optical industry. The Hanover region in Germany profits from its highly developed culture of basic research centered around the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, excellent applied sciences at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH), and a close collaboration with industry.
Hands-on education in a series of laboratory experiments as well as an internship with industry help prepare students for working life in leading companies in the optical industry. By completing their master thesis, they will learn how to work independently on projects and gain valuable experience in planning and execution of projects.
Everybody who completes the master's course will have broad knowledge of optical technologies. These classes will convey knowledge, skills and methods that represent the state-of-the-art. Finally, these young researchers will be fully prepared to start a fast-track career in optical technologies.