M.Sc. On Campus

Optoelectronics and Photonics

University of Paderborn

24 months
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The aim of the Optoelectronics and Photonics MSc course offered at the University of Paderborn is to broaden and deepen knowledge and skills in the fields of optoelectronics and photonics.


Programme Overview

Through an interdisciplinary range of courses with approximately equal proportions in physics and in electrical engineering and information technology, the Optoelectronics and Photonics graduates from the University of Paderborn acquire distinctive analytical skills as well as the ability to undertake disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and development work. The graduates acquire a broad education in the field of modern optical technologies and optoelectronic information processing. The program is entirely conducted in English, so that it is open to non-German-speaking students. The international applicability of the graduates is also supported. A particularly practical training is achieved by extensive laboratory practicals as well as extensive practical parts in the field of numerical modeling. With a focus on optical technologies, the ability to conceptualize experiments, or theoretical / numerical processes, to classify and classify the results and apply and apply them to technical developments will be acquired.

The course is divided into three study areas. The first area of ​​study (1st and 2nd semester) conveys application-related knowledge from the fields of physics and electrical engineering at an in-depth level in compulsory and elective modules. The compulsory lectures consist of physics and electrical engineering courses in roughly equal proportions. This part of the course is accompanied by laboratory internships, in which the knowledge learned from the lectures is deepened by means of experiments. In the second area of ​​study (2nd and 3rd semester) further in-depth modules follow from an elective offering, so that specialization in certain areas is made possible. This part of the course is carried out through extensive laboratory work, where practical skills are acquired and independent work is encouraged. In the third area of ​​study (4th semester), the skills learned should finally be applied in the context of the master's thesis. The master's examination is intended to determine whether the candidate has acquired a deeper understanding of a methodical working method in a specialized field of optoelectronics and photonics, and is able to prepare and process a demanding and extensive topic and the results to represent conclusively. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantum Electronics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Optoelectronic Semiconductor Devices
  • Computational Optoelectronics and Photonics
  • Fields and Waves

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An officially certified copy of your secondary school leaving certificate which qualifies you to study at university level in your home country (please make sure that you provide proof of all grades you obtained). 
  • Physics (or an equivalent Natural Science or Engineering degree that includes physical and mathematical fundamentals and a quantum theory course) 
  • Officially certified copies of all other relevant documents such as academic transcripts, final degree certificates, etc.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

The semester fees amount to a total of € 318.97

Living costs for Paderborn

670 - 970 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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