Photonics Engineering, M.Sc. | Technical University of Denmark (DTU) | Copenhagen, Denmark
24 months
15000 EUR/year
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Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a highly interdisciplinary MSc programme concerned with fundamental physics of light and optical components as well as a wide range of applications which are essential to our high-tech society, for example our ability to communicate using IT technology.

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The field of photonics covers all technical applications of light over the entire spectrum from ultraviolet through visible to near, mid, and far infrared light—and from lasers in CD players through the development of new, energy-saving light sources to integrated lightwave circuits and optical fibres. 

Moreover, photonics plays an increasing role in biology and medicine, for instance in connection with food control or medical therapy, measurement methods for efficiency improvement of wind farms, and technologies capable of measuring the efficiency of combustion processes or carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

Study programme focus

The MSc Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) comprises a wide range of courses in, for instance, basic physics, enabling you to understand and describe light and optical phenomena, and in optical materials and structures used for optical signal processing.

The study programme also places great emphasis on future applications of optics and photonics and is strongly related to the latest research in optical materials and structures, lasers and light sources, biophotonics and optical sensors, and components for optical communication. In addition, the Photonics Engineering programme contains a separate course element focused on innovation.


The MSc programme in Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) allows you to specialize in one of the four study lines:

  • Biophotonics and sensors
  • Components for optical communication
  • Lasers and light sources
  • Photonic materials and structures

Career opportunities

Both current and future applications of photonics require interdisciplinary knowledge—for instance to predict the optical properties of synthesized materials using advanced mathematics and physics, to optimize optical measurements of biochemical tests, or to interpret the reflected optical signal from a contaminated atmosphere. The many applications of photonics offer a wide range of career opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Condensed Matter Physics and Nanoscale Materials Physics
  • Project Management
  • Many body methods in condensed matter physics
  • Advanced micro- and nanofabrication technology
  • Advanced fabrication of micro- and nanostructures
  • Applied signal processing   

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor of Science students from other universities in Denmark or abroad with a relevant background for example within
  • Physics
  • Physics and Nanotechnology
  • Applied mathematics
  • Electromagnetism

  • Students with a Bachelor degree from DTU or elsewere may possibly be admitted to the studyprogramme based upon evaluation of application from the respective student

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Copenhagen

7928 - 13456 DKK /month
Living costs

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