What can I do with an MSc in Engineering Light

The MSc Eng. Degree in Engineering Light qualifies you for jobs in the telecommunication industry, in the biomedical industry, in industries working within optical sensing and instrumentation, with lasers and other lighting systems, among many others.

Optics and photonics is a comprehensive research area and therefore it offers many opportunities to work within development and research both as a MSc Eng., and as a PhD.

Typical fields of work

As a MSc in Engineering Light, you will typically be involved in designing, simulating, characterizing and testing optical and photonics devices and systems. Often experimental tests will include development of the instrumentation around the optics and photonics and processing of acquired data. A career could include research and development of advanced technologies where photonics are being either the end product or a state-of-the-art tool for producing other end products or services.

Our MSc graduates find jobs in companies such as:

  • 3Shape: 3D-imaging systems.
  • Accelink: Optical silicon components for telecommunication industry.
  • Adina Tech.: Nanotechnology for dental implants.
  • Alight Tech.: VCSELs for the telecommunication industry.
  • Advalight: Lasers for medical treatment of skin.
  • Bifrost Comm.: Optical components for telecommunication industry.
  • Dantec Dynam.: Laser optical measurements systems.
  • Efsen: UV light sources for curing or disinfection.
  • Ferroperm Opt.: Thin film coatings/optical filters.
  • FOSS: Optical solutions for analyzing food products.
  • Ibsen Photonics: Optics for spectroscopy.
  • Ihfood: Spectral imaging and machine learning for food inspection.
  • LED iBond A/S: Lighting solutions for lighting, vertical farming, UV disinfection.
  • Lightbureau: Lighting solutions for e.g. public places, roads, tunnels.
  • NKT Photonics: Optical fibers, fiber lasers, super-continuum sources, quantum tech.
  • NLIR: MIR detectors and spectroscopy.
  • Norblis: MIR super-continuum lasers and optical coherence tomography system.
  • Nordic Firefly: Intelligent electronics for solar powered lighting systems.
  • Norlase: Laser based devises for treatment of retina and glaucoma diseases.
  • Novo Nordisk: UV disinfection, Raman spectroscopy.
  • OCTLight: Tuneable VCSELs for e.g. optical coherence tomography system
  • Ocutune: Lighting systems to improve health and wellbeing.
  • OFS: Optical components for telecommunication industry.
  • Optheras: Lasers for photo-coagulation of non-invasive bladder tumors.
  • Optoceutics:  Lighting for brain stimulation to cure for alzheimer’s.
  • SHUTE: Optical fiber sensor systems
  • SiPhotonIC: Manufacturing of silicon photonic integrated circuits.
  • Windar Phot.: Laser optical measuring systems

Career opportunities

Both current and future applications of photonics require interdisciplinary knowledge. This could be knowledge in physics to understand how light interact with matter either generally or more specifically with e.g. synthesized materials. It could be knowledge in biology or chemistry to understand how light can detect or destroy cancer, stimulate the brain, detect organic material or critical gasses. It could be quantum computers or quantum cryptology. The many applications of photonics offer a wide range of career opportunities.

Engineers with specialized knowledge in photonics are in great demand by established companies as well as start-ups and spin-offs. Some of these spin-offs originate from DTU Electro, making a DTU degree in Engineering Light a good starting point if you want to pursue your dream of starting your own business.

Pursue a PhD

Once you have an MSc in Engineering, you might get the opportunity to continue your studies and apply for admission to the three-year PhD program. The DTU PhD program is a research-based program ranking among the best in the world. You can do either a regular PhD, for instance at DTU, or an industrial PhD, the latter performed in close collaboration with a company.

As a PhD student, you will be part of a research group and will carry out an independent scientific project.

Approx. 400 new PhD students are enrolled at the various departments at DTU every year. At DTU Electro alone, more than 30 PhD projects are expected to be commenced per year, a number of which originate from two major Centres of Excellence: NATEC (NAnophotonics for TErabit Communications) and the future SPOC (Silicon Photonics for Optical Communications).

PhD at DTU