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Optics and Photonics, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #124 (QS) ,
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, Advanced Spectroscopy, Biomedical Photonics, Optical Systems, and Solar Energy.


Optics and Photonics are key technologies of the 21st century. They form the basis for today’s optical communications, environmental sensing, biomedical diagnostics in the life sciences, energy efficient lighting and solar energy harvesting.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) provides Ph.D. candidates with an optimal research environment at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to carry out first rank Ph.D. projects in the multidisciplinary field of Optics & Photonics. Integrated into the graduate school, doctoral researchers pursue their projects autonomously.

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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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    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
  • Advanced 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

Living costs for Karlsruhe

  • 780 - 1140 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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