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Optics and Photonics, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #124 (QS) Karlsruhe, Germany
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) offers a 3-year Optics and Photonics Ph.D. program in one of the research areas: Photonic Materials and Devices, Quantum Optics & Spectroscopy, Biomedical Photonics, Optical Systems, and Solar Energy.
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KSOP has developed and implemented a novel PhD program in the area of Optics & Photonics. The PhD students are not only part of an excellent research environment but are also trained in a well-balanced and perfectly structured manner.

The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics with its outstanding reputation for producing first-class research, excellent environment and the technical know-how of its professors are just a few of many reasons to choose KSOP as the institution for your PhD.

Additionally to the mentioned reasons, KSOP is convinced that besides the specific research project further trainings and modules are elementary components of an excellent foundation for your future in academia or industry. Every doctoral student has got the opportunity of claiming personal advisors and profits from modules that provide a deep insight of management skills.


The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics is accredited with the Excellence Status of the DFG.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:

    Admission to the PhD programme takes place continuously throughout the year.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research areas included:

  • Photonic Materials and Devices
  • Quantum Optics & Spectroscopy
  • Biomedical Photonics
  • Optical Systems 
  • Solar Energy

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • High school diploma
  • Bachelor / Undergraduate certificate
  • Master’s certificate
  • Transcripts of records bachelor’s degree
  • Transcripts of records master’s degree
  • Letter of motivation
  • Picture

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Karlsruhe

  • 780 - 1140 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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