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Photonics Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary MSc program concerned with fundamental physics of light and optical components as well as a wide range of applications that are essential to our high-tech society, for example, our ability to communicate using IT technology.
The field of photonics covers all technical applications of light over the entire spectrum from ultraviolet through visible to near, mid, and far-infrared light—and from lasers in CD players through the development of new, energy-saving light sources to integrated lightwave circuits and optical fibers. Moreover, photonics plays an increasing role in biology and medicine, for instance in connection with food control or medical therapy, measurement methods for efficiency improvement of wind farms, and technologies capable of measuring the efficiency of combustion processes or carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
Study program focus
The MSc program in Photonics Engineering comprises a wide range of courses in, for instance, basic physics, enabling you to understand and describe light and optical phenomena, and in optical materials and structures used for optical signal processing.
The study program also places great emphasis on future applications of optics and photonics and is strongly related to the latest research in optical materials and structures, lasers and light sources, biophotonics and optical sensors, and components for optical communication. In addition, the Photonics Engineering program contains a separate course element focused on innovation.
During the course of study, you will thus gain knowledge of the basic physical principles that are crucial to understanding light—and how the various properties and applications of light can be used for developing technological solutions to the challenges the world will be facing in the future. This includes quantifying the consumption of carbon dioxide, improving the efficiency of combustion processes, securing future communication against acts of terrorism, measuring food quality, performing better medical procedures, and understanding and controlling diseases.
The teaching on the Photonics Engineering program alternates between lectures, classes, and independent study. Furthermore, you will have ample opportunity to carry out theoretical and experimental projects, possibly in collaboration with an external industrial partner.
The MSc program in Photonics Engineering allows you to specialize in one of the four study lines:
Biophotonics and sensors
Components for optical communication
Lasers and light sources
Photonic materials and structures
You should be aware, however, that the study lines are not mandatory, and that your choice of courses in your individual study plan is subject to a high degree of flexibility. Therefore, you have every opportunity to design your own study program and career by choosing from the wide range of courses offered at DTU.
Pursue a PhD
Once you have an MSc in Engineering, you might get the opportunity to continue your studies and apply for admission to the three-year Ph.D. program. The DTU Ph.D. program is a research-based program ranking among the best in the world. You can do either a regular Ph.D., for instance at DTU or an industrial Ph.D., the latter performed in close collaboration with a company.
As a Ph.D. student, you will be part of a research group and will carry out an independent scientific project.
Approx. 400 new Ph.D. students are enrolled at the various departments at DTU every year. At DTU Fotonik alone, more than 30 Ph.D. projects are expected to be commenced per year, a number of which originate from two major Centres of Excellence: NATEC (NAnophotonics for TErabit Communications) and the future SPOC (Silicon Photonics for Optical Communications).
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DTU encourages all its students to study at least one semester at a foreign university.
You need to start planning your stay abroad at least 1 to 1½ years prior to departure, but DTU is very flexible about approving courses at other universities as being equivalent to required DTU courses.
This means that quite often it is possible to find courses at foreign universities that may be credited at DTU. Please discuss your plan with the Head of Studies to ensure that the courses are relevant—and if they can be characterized as either technological specialization or general competence courses.
Dual degree programs
Rather than studying for six months at a foreign university as part of an approved (bilateral) exchange program, you can enrol in one of our 1:1 MSc programs and obtain a dual degree.