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Whether intelligent street lighting, highly sensitive sensors or state-of-the-art production facilities - all of this would not exist without photonics and optics systems. The ZHAW trains you to develop these systems to a next level.

Professional career outline

Photonics is a key enabling technology that interdisciplinarily connects different application fields. With the MSE in Photonics you can dive into a range of industries from medical technologies to biotechnology, from sensing to metrology, in additive and subtractive manufacturing, up to light generation.

Profile contents

In the MSE Photonics you can gain an fundamental understanding of the following topics:

Institutes and centres

Applying for the MSE you chose an institute to study Photonics. The institutes interpret the profiles individually.

Institute of Applied Mathematics and Physics (IAMP)

Institute of Computational Physics (ICP)

Institute of Signal Processing and Wireless Communications (ISC)

Professional skills

During the MSE Photonics you develop a fundamental understanding of physical principles and processes involved in Photonics on a strong scientific background. You are skilled in the application of light and lasers as well as in designing and developing optical sensing systems for automation and production. You will have the competences to numerically simulate multidisciplinary systems that include photonics elements.

Recommended modules

Technical Scientific Specialisation (TSM):

Fundamental Theoretical Principles (FTP):

Context Modules (CM):

Differentiation to bachelor level

The MSE introduces and fosters a scientific approach that allows you to develop a broader vision of your field and design new solutions. In this way, you have all the prerequisites to lead projects in an industrial environment and work on current research topics.

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Study Application

Registrations for the autumn semester (starting in September) are possible from the beginning of February until the end of April. For the spring semester of the next year (starting in February) from the beginning of August until the end of October.

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