Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Light

Light plays a crucial part in the development of future technologies – from modern medicine to climate-friendly methods of measurement. With a degree from the Engineering Light MSc programme, you will be an expert in technical applications of light such as laser, energy-saving light sources, and ultraviolet and infrared light, and you will be prepared to use your understanding of light to develop new solutions. (The programme was previously named Photonics Engineering.)

Engineering Light

Study Programme

The field of engineering light covers all technical applications of light over the entire spectrum from ultraviolet through visible to near, mid, and far infrared light—and from lasers in CD players through the development of new, energy-saving light sources to integrated lightwave circuits and optical fibres. Moreover, lights plays an increasing role in biology and medicine, for instance in connection with food control or medical therapy, measurement methods for efficiency improvement of wind farms, and technologies capable of measuring the efficiency of combustion processes or carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

The MSc programme in Engineering Light comprises a wide range of courses in, for instance, basic physics, enabling you to understand and describe light and optical phenomena, and in optical materials and structures used for optical signal processing.

The study programme also places great emphasis on future applications of optics and photonics and is strongly related to the latest research in optical materials and structures, lasers and light sources, biophotonics and optical sensors, and components for optical communication. In addition, the Engineering Light programme contains a separate course element focused on innovation.

During the course of study, you will thus gain knowledge of the basic physical principles that are crucial to understanding light—and how the various properties and applications of light can be used for developing technological solutions to the challenges the world will be facing in the future. This includes quantifying the consumption of carbon dioxide, improving the efficiency of combustion processes, securing future communication against acts of terrorism, measuring food quality, performing better medical procedures, and understanding and controlling diseases.

The teaching on the Engineering Light programme alternates between lectures, classes, and independent study. Furthermore, you will have ample opportunity to carry out theoretical and experimental projects, possibly in collaboration with an external industrial partner.

You will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with both Danish and international companies - either as part of the courses, as an individual project or while writing your thesis.

The MSc is a two-year graduate programme with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points.

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Combine work with studies

This study programme is also available as an Industry study programme where you can combine work and study over a 4-year period. Special rules apply.

Industry MSc Eng programmes

The MSc in Engineering Light has two optional study lines.

The two study lines are fixed programmes of study that have additional requirements to the choice of courses compared to the general MSc programme.

Another requirement is that the topic for the master’s thesis must be within the study line’s focus area. Graduates of these study lines earn the right to have the specialist title on their diplomas.

Although following a study line is not obligatory, it allows you to specialize within a specific area.

Alternatively, you can choose to specialize in one of the two predefined study lines:


The MSc Eng in Engineering Light qualifies you for employment within high-tech companies, research centres, universities, and the public healthcare sector. 

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