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Educational organisationThe MSc in Optical Sciences programme comprises the following modules (courses), sorted with regards to the above stages 1-3:
Stage 1: Optical Sciences (Semesters 1+2)
- Fundamentals of Optical Sciences (12 ECTS credit points)
- Advanced Optical Sciences (6 ECTS credit points)
- Optical Sciences Laboratory (6 ECTS credit points)
- Seminar Optical Sciences (6 ECTS credit points)
Stage 2: Elective Subjects (Semesters 1+2)
- Nonlinear Photonics (three modules, 6 ECTS credit points each)
- Quantum Optics (three modules, 6 ECTS credit points each)
- Short-Wavelength Optics (three modules, 6 ECTS credit points each)
- Theoretical Optics (three modules, 6 ECTS credit points each)
Stage 3: Independent Research (Semesters 3+4)
- Advanced Optical Sciences Laboratory (15 ECTS credit points)
- Introduction to Independent Scientific Research (15 ECTS credit points)
- Master's thesis (30 ECTS credit points)
In addition, two general electives (two modules, 5 ECTS credit points each) can be taken from the entire curriculum of the HU.
Study abroad unit(s)None
InternshipsWhile internships are not mandatory, it is not unusual for a student of the Master's programme in Optical Sciences to complete an internship over the summer break. The science and technology park Berlin-Adlershof (where the Institute of Physics of the HU is located) offers ample opportunities for internships.
Forms of assessmentDepending on the module, the assessment will be in the form of oral examinations, written exams, presentations, or written reports.
Course objectivesThe MSc in Optical Sciences programme prepares students for a challenging career in the optics & photonics industries or for the pursuit of a doctoral degree.
Language requirementsApplicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency: TOEFL 560 (paper-based), 87 (internet-based), or equivalent.
Academic requirementsThe successful admission to the MSc in Optical Science programme requires a Bachelor's degree in physics or a closely related field of science or engineering. In addition, profound knowledge of mathematics and physics must be demonstrated.
Specific requirements are:
Higher Mathematics (minimum 15 ECTS credit points)
Quantum Theory/Quantum Physics (minimum 10 ECTS credit points)
Electrodynamics/Optics (minimum 10 ECTS credit points)
Physics Laboratory (5 ECTS credit points)