Master degree program in Optoelectronics and Photonics

In the Master degree program in Optoelectronics and Photonics the students acquire a profound knowledge base and skillset in the field of optoelectronics and photonics. The program is set up as an interdisciplinary course program with about equal parts of advanced level (Master level) courses from physics and electrical engineering and information technology. The graduates acquire a profound analytical skillset and the required skills for disciplinary and interdisciplinary work in research and development, with a particular focus on modern optical technologies and optoelectronic information processing. The program is offered entirely in English, no knowledge of German is required, such that our graduates are well prepared for the international job market. Besides lectures and tutorials, the course program contains a significant proportion of hands-on practical courses, including advanced level lab work as well as numerical modelling on the computer. This way, with a focus on optical technologies, the students acquire the ability to design experiments, analyze their results, and to utilize these to advance future technological development.

Curriculum starting in the winter semester

Curriculum starting in the summer semester


  • Bachelors' Degree in Physics (or an equivalent Natural Science or Engineering degree that includes physical and mathematical fundamentals and a quantum theory course
  • Fluency in English (accredited verification is needed)
    • Cambridge English Certificate: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE)
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) 
    • or equivalent (e.g., IELTS 6.0)
  • for further details see the admission requirements

Being more practical than a purely scientific masters course, yet retaining much of the academic rigour, successful graduates of the programme will be well prepared, and highly sought-after, in the job market. As well as existing technical industrial sectors, such as R&D, process engineering, technical computing and many others, the programme opens up perspectives in emerging sectors such as quantum technology, which is already attracting bright, well-trained graduates for the next generation of tech start-ups.

Graduates who wish to continue their studies after the Masters programme are perfectly placed to do so. Paderborn University is well-established as a centre of optoelectronics and photonics research, and progression to study for a PhD within one of the many exciting and internationally active research groups is extremely smooth.

  • Excellent staff-to-student ratio 
  • Modern laboratories for practical training and research
  • Close cooperation with local and international companies
  • Many new workplaces for students
  • Compact campus
  • Family friendly university
  • Very good cafes and cafeterias
  • Modern student dorms
  • City centre is within walking distance

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Examination Matters

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Schumacher

Department of Physics

Coordinator MSc Optoelectronics & Photonics

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Study Advisor

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Dr. Sascha Hohmann

Department of Physics

Public Relations & Study Guidance

Write email +49 5251 60-5836

There is a WhatsApp-Group of students of Optoelectronics and Photonics. You can connect with other students, plan events and ask questions! If you want to join, please write an e-mail to Please indicate your matriculation number in the mail and use your mail-adress from university.