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Course goals

Knowledge, skill, competence

Today, specialists working in the field of optical technologies must not only have a good grasp of basic engineering skills and knowledge of problem-solving methods, but also require competence in the fundamental area of optical physics. Our new master's degree in optical technologies approaches and meets these challenges. A large variety of possible classes provide the skills and background knowledge required.

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. This will also give them knowledge on project documentation and displaying of results.

Finally, these young researchers will be fully prepared to start a fast-track career in optical technologies.

Goals of individual modules (see also the module catalogue)

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.

Management and team-work experience is conveyed by industry internships, laboratory and project work and by the thesis. Scientific responsibility is another aspect of these duties.

The master's course is divided into basic and advanced (optional) fields. The basic fields are field A physics and field B engineering. The basic fields are intended to complete the participant's basic education in these fields, putting engineering and physics bachelors on an equal footing.

The advanced fields offer opportunities for specialization and combine a variety of topics from optical technologies, including production, lasers and metrology.

Goal matrix of the new degree

Higher goal

What you learn


Fundamental knowledge physics

The basics (engineers)

Further education (physicists)
in the area of optics

Field A "physics":

Atomic and molecular physics, Lasers

Fundamental knowledge in engineering

The basics (physicists)

or specialization (engineers) in engineering sciences

Field B engineering:
Design, systems, 

optical technologies:
Light sources, Production
of electro-optical systems

Specialization in optical technologies

Two of the following:

Metrology, Information science, Production technology, Technical optics and Lasers