International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Science in Optoelectronics & Photonics Optoelectronics & Photonics

Paderborn University • Paderborn

Master of Science in Optoelectronics & Photonics
Teaching language
  • English

All courses are held in English (100%).

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
Winter semester - October
Summer semester - April
Application deadline

Summer semester:
31 May for international applicants
21 September for applications from Germany

Winter semester:
30 November for international applicants
21 March for applications from Germany

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The course combines advanced lectures in physics and electrical engineering with a particular focus on optical technologies. Specialisation in a particular field is possible in the elective courses and thesis work. Possibilities include quantum information technology, ultrafast nano optics, computational design of optoelectronic structures, nanostructure fabrication and characterisation.

Course organisation

In the first two semesters, you will attend lectures in physics and electrical engineering as well as practicals in the lab. Most of the courses in this phase of your studies are compulsory to provide you with a broad background. In the second and third semesters, these courses are complemented by elective courses that can be chosen according to your interests and desired specialisation in the field of optical technologies. All lectures are accompanied by practical classes where problems are solved, discussed, and presented by the students. In addition, you will learn to develop a scientific topic based on existing literature and present it to your fellow students in a seminar. Finally, a few courses of general studies can be chosen freely from the university's lecture catalogue. In particular, this includes the possibility to attend German language classes.
In your second year, you will start joining one of the research groups within the departments and work on a supervised individual lab project that may form the basis for your Master's thesis. After completion of the Master's thesis research project, the written thesis will be submitted towards the end of the fourth semester. Subsequently, the thesis work is defended in a colloquium which consists of a presentation followed by questions.

Degree holders have a deep understanding of the fundamentals of optical technologies and have the qualifications for independent scientific work in research and technology. The special expertise in optical technologies and the acquisition of skills in both physics and engineering represent a key advantage for employment in the optics and electronics industry or in academic institutions. The degree also qualifies graduates to enter PhD programmes in Paderborn or elsewhere.

Types of assessment

The programme is organised into topical modules that typically correspond to 5-10 ECTS credits, and each module comprises a lecture course, associated exercises, and practical classes. Students take either an oral or a written examination for each of these course modules separately. Seminars are graded based on the performance of the presentation. The research work is assessed on the basis of a written thesis and an oral defence.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
Approx. 290 EUR per semester
The fee includes a semester ticket covering all regional public transport in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Costs of living
Approx. 650 EUR per month is needed to cover personal expenses.
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Physics (or equivalent Natural Science or Engineering degree that includes physical and mathematical fundamentals and a quantum theory course)

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills: TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) or equivalent.

Application deadline

Summer semester:
31 May for international applicants
21 September for applications from Germany

Winter semester:
30 November for international applicants
21 March for applications from Germany

Submit application to

Universität Paderborn
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Students can get paid jobs as tutors, for technical work or support of research projects within one of the research groups of the department.


The University of Paderborn offers several student halls of residence on or near the campus.
As an alternative, one can look for a room or an apartment on the private market. The typical rent is between 200 and 280 EUR per month.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters
  • Pick-up service
  • Other
Support programmes for international students
During the week before the start of each semester, the International Office (IO) offers various orientation and information meetings for all foreign students. The IO also offers a range of German language courses, supports students from abroad in all legal and social matters, and organises excursions and social activities.


Paderborn University

University Location