About MSc Optical Sciences

The Optical Sciences comprise the study of the propagation and detection of light and its interaction with matter. Discoveries in optics have had a profound influence on the development of modern science and the forefront of technology, as demonstrated by more than 20 optics-related Nobel prizes between 1907 and 2020.

With the international MSc in Optical Sciences program, the Humboldt-University of Berlin, together with its cooperation partners in the Science- and Technology-Park Berlin-Adlershof, offers an excellent education in this vibrant and exciting field. We seek outstanding students with a bachelor's degree in physics or closely related field who wish to contribute to state-of-the-art optics research and development.

Max Born Institute
for Nonlinear Optics and
Short Pulse Spectroscopy
Humboldt University of Berlin
Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy
Weierstrass Institute
for Applied Analysis
and Stochastics
Ferdinand Braun Institute for Highest Frequency Technology
German Aerospace Center
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems

A MSc degree is a prerequisite for pursuing a PhD at German universities. In fact, more than 50% of the graduates of the international MSc in Optical Sciences program become PhD students. Many of them remain at Humboldt University or join one of the research institutions of the Science- and Technology-Park Berlin-Adlershof or the greater Berlin area.

Regardless where they pursue their PhD, they have the opportunity to enter into the Berlin School of Optical Sciences & Quantum Technology (BOS.QT). BOS.QT is a joint Graduate School of the Physics Departments of Humboldt-University of Berlin, Technical University Berlin, and Free University Berlin in partnership with non-university research institutions and offers an academic training and research environment for acquiring a doctoral degree in the natural sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) at one of the participating universities.