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Optics and Photonics, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #131 (QS) Karlsruhe, Germany
The 3-year Optics and Photonics programme at  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)  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.
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Additionally to the mentioned reasons, Optics and Photonics programme at  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)  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.

Since successful careers in industry and academia often require leadership and interdisciplinary knowledge, emphasis is laid on management skills, which are taught as mandatory management modules within KSOP. In addition, there are also technical, scientific and personal key competence modules. 

To support their endeavor, two independent advisors and a mentor accompany the research work of the doctoral researcher. All Ph.D. positions are financed - either by KSOP scholarships or other sources.


In your studies and research you will additionally be supported by two independent advisors and a personal mentor with whom you will be able to discuss your progress on a regular basis.


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
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    1500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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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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