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Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP)

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)



Since its foundation, the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics has been funded under the German that was launched to support world-class research and education at German universities. The excellence status of KSOP was renewed for another five years after a successful evaluation by international experts in 2012.


The interdisciplinary research structure of KSOP forms the basis for the Master’s program. Currently, KSOP encompasses professors from 16 institutes and the four different faculties Physics, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Chemistry and Biosciences, as well as Mechanical Engineering. 

The research and educational concept have been established to optimally reflect the spirit of multidisciplinary research among scientists and engineers. Therefore all research areas are strongly interlinked and most institutes feature research projects in more than one of the five research areas.


The five KSOP research areas are organized according to the needs in education and the existing strengths of the research programs at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). All research areas are strongly interlinked and most institutes feature research projects in more than one of the research areas. Brief introductions into these research areas:

  • Photonic Materials & Devices
  • Advanced Spectroscopy
  • Biomedical Photonics
  • Optical Systems
  • Solar Energy


KSOP provides students with support regarding everyday questions with individualized study guidance as well as with a personalized career service. This includes workshops how to apply to German industry, German Business Knigge and interview trainings as well as intercultural trainings and teambuilding. German courses are offered on top to ease your career start in Germany.

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Student services

KIT works on a better compatibility of career and family. One step forward is the certification with the audit career and family. Hand in hand with employees, representatives of the Presidential Committee, the Human Resources Management and the Equal Opportunity have defined spheres of activity, achievements, and chances for improvement. In August 2010, KIT received the certificate. As a family-friendly institution, KIT focuses on information, consulting and well-directed support.

Housing services

The general cost of living in Germany is between 500 - 800 €, depending on your accommodation and life style. In Karlsruhe Student housing and private living are available. The student residences have long waiting lists. Therefore we suggest you to register there early and additionaly to look for a flat on the private market.

In the city of Karlsruhe you should calculate around:

  • 200 - 250 €/per month for a single room in student residences
  • 250 - 350 €/per month for a room in a shared flat
  • 300 - 400 €/per month for a one-person appartment
  • 500 - 600 €/per month for a flat for two persons

Library services

The KIT-library supports students and scientists all around the clock with over two million books and 28,000 magazines. Focus areas are natural sciences, technical and economic sciences. The latest literature is freely accessible in the respective disciplinary reading rooms. 

Student Life

Campus life

The Karlsruhe School of Optics and Potonics is part of the International Department at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The International Department building is situated at a first-class location in the middle of the bustling downtown of Karlsruhe.

The Campus South is situated in the heart of the city of Karlsruhe. Most of the lecturehalls are located there. The Campus North is located about 10 km away in theadministrative district of Karlsruhe. Most of the research facilities are located there.

Student clubs

The KIT has numerous student organizations where students can put the theory from their lectures into practice. KSOP students have the opportunity to join OSKar, Optics Students Karlsruhe, to meet other passionate students who want to spread knowledge about optics & photonics. OSKar is also a student chapter registered under two of the biggest optics & photonic societies in the world, OSA & SPIE. 


The KIT is system-accredited by AAQ. All Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics programs are accredited by the internal quality assurance system of the KIT.

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