Ph.D. On Campus

Max Planck School of Photonics Research

Max Planck School of Photonics

36 months
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Students entering the Max Planck School of Photonics Research at the research phase must either have successfully completed the study phase of the program  or have otherwise received an excellent Master's with sufficient exposure to physics from elsewhere.


During the Max Planck School of Photonics Research phase, students focus on the scientific research for their PhD project which is conducted within a research group led and supervised by an MPSP-Fellow. Students are also assigned a co-supervisor, ideally located at another university. Close supervision is ensured through regular meetings and progress reports. 

The final academic degree (usually Dr. rer. nat. or Dr.-Ing.) is awarded by the university with which the supervising MPSP-Fellow is affiliated. Students are also encouraged to conduct short- or mid-term research stays with the research group led by their co-supervisor.


Students are offered various training opportunities and workshops to further social or professional competencies such as project management or start-up leadership and organisation, as well as more discipline-specific expert seminars. Furthermore, in an effort to establish and maintain a strong network, MPSP study and research students participate in MPSP summer and autumn schools.

Programme Structure

The topics listed below are currently available for PhD research within the MPSP program.

  • Advanced Imaging
  • Attosecond Physics
  • Biophotonics
  • Fiber Optics
  • Laser Source Development
  • Nanophotonics
  • Nanoscopy
  • Optical Design
  • Optical Communication
  • Quantum Optics
  • Strongfield Physics
  • Ultrafast Imaging
  • X-ray Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

By the time of admission to the program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor's and/or Master's degree with significant exposure to physics, engineering or a related subject (B.Sc., B.Eng., or B.Tech. and M.Sc., M.Eng. or M.Tech.) depending on the program for which you are applying. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Erlangen

730 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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