Optical Technologies, M. Sc.

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The Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics and Physics and the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) have set themselves the goal of further expanding the field of optical technologies in research and teaching. Each of the participating institutions traditionally deals with partial aspects of this subject area in research and teaching. Due to the complexity and topicality of the subject area of optical technologies, teaching in this field is bundled in a separate interdisciplinary master's program. Admission to the Master's program requires a relevant professional university degree. As a rule, this is a completed bachelor's degree (or diploma) in a natural science or engineering subject that can be assigned to one of the disciplines involved in the course.


Specialists in the field of optical technologies are expected to master not only engineering methods for solving problems and tasks, but above all the physical principles that are important for optical technologies. The theoretical education in physics is extended by engineering-specific topics through corresponding compulsory courses and various selectable fields of competence. Thus, you will have to complete four specific mandatory courses in the first semesters, depending on whether you have a physical or engineering background. Afterwards, a broad range of electives is offered in the competence fields of optical metrology, laser technology, biophotonics, technical optics and applications in vehicles as well as optics in production and energy technology, allowing you to further deepen your specialist knowledge. If you have already completed the twelve-week specialist internship in your bachelor's degree, further options will open up for you.

If you have not yet completed a specialist internship, you must have done so by the time you register for your Master's thesis at the latest. The Studium Generale also offers the possibility to choose a course from the entire range of courses offered by the university. Accompanying laboratories and subject-related tutorials complement your studies. By writing a seminar paper and a master's thesis, you will also acquire the skills needed to work independently on research and development projects. Gathering experience in the planning and implementation of projects as well as acquiring the knowledge required for the preparation of the necessary project documentation and the subsequent presentation of the project results are among the primary goals of this work. Detailed information on the course of studies can be found on the pages of the Cluster of Exzellenzclusters PhoenixD.

Duration and conclusion

As a rule, the course of study takes 4 semesters. After passing the master thesis you will receive the degree Master of Science.


  • Tasks and requirements in the subject Optical Technologies

    The subject Optical Technologies is an interdisciplinary field of study dealing with the technological exploitation of optical phenomena for a variety of technical and practical applications. This is based on the physical principles of optics and the engineering fundamentals of optical systems and processes. The technical requirements are to tap the potential of optical technologies for a wide range of applications. As a cross-sectional technology, optical technologies are related in many ways to the other disciplines of mechanical engineering and other engineering sciences.

  • The main qualification goals of the Master's degree course in optical technologies are ...
    • a fundamental physical understanding of optical phenomena and interrelationships as well as a sound understanding of mechanical engineering principles and engineering methods
    • an analytical and scientific understanding of the specifics and functions of optical technologies
    • the ability to develop technical systems by using optical principles (purpose-related, instrumental use of light) for various fields of application
    • the ability to examine and evaluate optical processes and technologies in a scientific and systematic manner
    • the ability to carry out independent scientific work (design and execution of a research plan, use of adequate scientific methods, presentation and critical appraisal of research results)
  • Graduates are able to ...
    • design, adapt and implement optical technologies and processes for different fields of application in a context-adequate way
    • further develop optical technologies on the basis of research and to apply them through new products and processes
    • test and evaluate optical technologies and procedures on the basis of scientific standards
    • to deal with 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 goal-oriented manner and to manage specialist projects; to communicate specialist issues and work results in an address-oriented way
    • independently familiarize themselves with application-related questions and to adapt scientific findings for problem solutions
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The Master of Science degree entitles the holder to take up doctoral studies.


Exam Regulations Optical Technologies, M. Sc.
Presentation of the study programme on the central website of Leibniz University Hannover


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Student advisory service
Dr. Mareike Vorholt | AK Mosimann, M. A.
Student advisory service
Dr. Mareike Vorholt | AK Mosimann, M. A.