Optical Technologies, M.Sc.

Optical Technologies, M.Sc.

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The aim of the Master's programme in Optical Technologies is to train specialists and executives for the entire optical industry. Favourable conditions are particularly given in Hannover, since a close co-operation of engineering and scientific research can be achieved by bundling together interdisciplinary institutes such as cluster of excellence PhoenixD, Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) and Hannover centre for Optical Technologies (HOT).


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In the increasingly complex world of work, it is advantageous to have knowledge in many different areas in order to be optimally prepared for the most diverse challenges. Especially in research and development of new technologies, creativity and thinking beyond fixed disciplinary boundaries is required. For this reason, the Master's programme in Optical Technologies combines the teaching of engineering methods on one hand with basic physics on the other. Students study both at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.

The course can be studied in two languages and three different tracks:

German Track (can be studied with specialisation in either physics or mechanical engineering):

Depending on whether you have completed a bachelor's degree in physics or engineering, you will attend basic courses in the compulsory modules in the other area. This will be followed by a wide range of optional modules in the fields of optical metrology, laser technology, biophotonics, technical optics and automotive applications as well as optics in production and energy technology, which will allow you to further deepen your specialist knowledge.

English Track (can be studied in the Photonics and Laser Technology specialisation):

In the English track, there are four compulsory modules, which are aimed at perfecting the basic knowledge related to optics. There is a plethora of optional modules to choose from depending on the specialisation you desire to pursue like Automotive Technology, Biophotonics, Laser Material Processing, Physics of Solar cells etc.

Duration and Degree

Generally, the programme lasts for 4 semesters. After successfully completing your Master's thesis, you will receive a Master of Science degree.


  • Tasks and requirements in Optical Technologies

    The subject Optical Technologies deals with interdisciplinary technological utilization of optical phenomena for various technical and practical applications. The basis for which are the physical fundamentals of optics and the engineering fundamentals of optical systems and processes. The technical requirement is to develop the potential of optical technologies in various fields of application. Optical technologies are cross-sectional in that they are related to numerous other engineering sciences. Co-operation in interdisciplinary teams is therefore prevalent.

  • Essential qualification goals in the Master's programme Optical Technologies are...
    • a basic physical understanding of optical phenomena and correlations as well as a sound understanding of mechanical engineering fundamentals and engineering methods
    • an analytical and scientific understanding of the specifics and functionalities of optical technologies
    • the ability to develop technical systems through the use of optical principles (purpose-related, instrumental use of light) for various fields of application
    • the ability to carry out scientific and systematic verification and assessment of optical processes and technologies
    • the ability to carry out independent scientific work (design and implementation of a research plan, use of adequate scientific methods, presentation and critical appraisal of research results)
  • Graduates are in a position to...
    • design, adapt and implement optical technologies and methods for different fields of application in a context-adequate manner
    • further develop optical technologies on a research-based basis and to put them into practice through new products and processes
    • review and assess optical technologies and methods on the basis of scientific standards
    • work on complex problems in a systematic and structured way and to think abstractly, creatively, innovatively and networked in the process of finding solutions
    • organise and coordinate interdisciplinary work contexts in a target-oriented manner and to manage technical projects
    • communicate technical facts and results in an address-oriented manner to work independently on application-related questions and to adapt scientific findings for problem solutions
The Master of Science degree entitles the holder to take up doctoral studies.


The optical technologies course can be studied either in a German track or in an English track. Admission requirements are a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, physics or a comparable course of studies.

Applicants who have not completed their bachelor's degree at a German university or college must provide proof of language proficiency of level C1 in German or English.



Information of the study programme on the central website of Leibniz Universität Hannover


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