Photonics Engineering is a comprehensive field of research seeing rapid growth and constantly generating new research results that are not only applicable to industry, but also hospital services and the healthcare sector.

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 Fotonik, making a DTU degree in Photonics Engineering a good starting point if you want to pursue your dream of starting your own business.

Typical fields of work

As an MSc in Photonics Engineering, you will typically be involved in research and development. However, a career related to process control and optimization or development and optimization of advanced technologies—photonics being either the end product or a state-of-the-art tool for producing other end products—is also an option.

Career opportunities

Both current and future applications of photonics require interdisciplinary knowledge—for instance to predict the optical properties of synthesized materials using advanced mathematics and physics, to optimize optical measurements of biochemical tests, or to interpret the reflected optical signal from a contaminated atmosphere. The many applications of photonics offer a wide range of career opportunities.

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 programme. The DTU PhD programme is a research-based programme 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 Fotonik 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