We live in the age of the photon: Optical technologies play a key role in almost all areas of life today: Modern communication methods, entertainment electronics, automotive engineering and medical technology products are no longer conceivable without the use of photonic components and methods. Specialists in the field of photonics - the "teaching of light" - are therefore indispensable for the development of modern products for the markets of today and beyond. As cross-sectional scientists, photonics engineers have the necessary knowledge of the physical nature of light, but also practical knowledge of optical components and their possible uses. Research and training in the field of photonics is therefore strongly interdisciplinary.

The interdisciplinary master's degree in Photonic Engineering was set up as part of the SCoPE research center - Stuttgart Research Center of Photonic Engineering. The SCoPE research center bundles twelve photonics research institutes across faculties at the University of Stuttgart.

The new SCoPE master's degree in "Photonic Engineering" is thus located in an ideal environment to train excellent specialists in the rapidly expanding field of optical technologies.



  • Degree in a bachelor's degree program lasting at least six semesters (or an equivalent degree)
  • Degree in the respective course or a course with very similar content
  • Depending on the course, there may be additional requirements. The exact admission criteria can be found in the admission regulations

Admission with conditions

In the case of admission with conditions, you will be admitted, but you must catch up on certain examinations from the bachelor's degree before you register for the master's thesis. This can be the case, for example, if you completed your bachelor's degree at another university or a university of applied sciences and did not take seminars or modules there that you need for the master’s degree at the University of Stuttgart. The final decision as to whether your professional aptitude is recognized as sufficient is made by the admissions committee .

Graduated from a university of applied sciences

A degree from a university of applied sciences (formerly a university of applied sciences) or the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University basically entitles you to study for a master’s degree at a university, according to the State University Act.

Admission restriction (NC)

In master’s courses in which the number of study places is limited (Numerus Clausus (NC)), ranking lists are created for the allocation of study places based on the criteria that are a prerequisite for admission to the master’s course. The admission regulations for the relevant master’s degree program regulate further details.

Course-specific features

Apart from the admission with conditions, there are other variants of admission depending on the subject:



Optical technologies are on the upswing and are already playing a key role in many areas. Photonics technology products are in play everywhere. Because nothing works without light!

Thanks to its distinctive professional profile, the independent master’s degree in Photonic Engineering will open up above-average career opportunities for the students, if only because of the above-average growth in the industry.

The relevant industry is very broadly represented on an international level, in Germany and in Baden-Württemberg. For example, companies such as Alcatel-Lucent AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Daimler AG, Trumpf Laser GmbH + Co. KG, Carl Zeiss AG, Festo AG & Co. KG, but also the entire automotive and vehicle construction and medical technology companies .

Just like microelectronics in the last few decades, optical technologies will shape the next few decades.

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