Programme provision

To obtain the degree MSc in Photonics Engineering the student must obtain

  • at least 30 ECTS credits within general competence courses
  • at least 30 ECTS credits within tecnological specialization courses
  • 30 ECTS credits from master thesis work within a technical topic relevant to Photonics Engineering
  • a sufficient number of elective courses to bring the total number of ECTS credits, of the entire study, up to 120 ECTS credits.


General competence courses

Students have to complete 30 ECTS within - general competence courses. In the studyline: Photonics Engineering, the general ompetence courses are divided into three groups a), b) and c). 


Group a) consists of two mandatory courses (equal to 10 ETCS)

34043 Projects in Optics and Photonics 5 point Spring and Autumn
34046 Experimental methods in photonics 5 point January


Students who have taken course: Experimental Optics and Photonics #34127 during their bachelor programme will have to take 15 ECTS from General Competence courses in group c.


Group b) consistes of the following two courses

34541 Entrepreneurship in photonics and communications 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
42430 Project Management 5 point January
42429 Project Management 5 point August

Group c). From this block of courses, students have to complete 10 ECTS. It is emphasised that students who would like to complete more than 10 ECTS from the courses listed in group c) can simply complete these couses among the 30 ECTS available as electrive courses.

34034 Lasers and photonic systems 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)
34041 Waveguide optics 5 point Spring F4B (Fri 8-12)
34051 Nanophotonics 10 point Spring F1 (Mon 8-12, Thurs 13-17)
34052 Nonlinear optics 10 point Autumn E3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)


Technological specialization courses

Below is a complete list of technological specialization courses from which the students need to choose 30 ECTS credits. The descriptions of the topics and the course descriptions in the course catalogue show how various courses are related. 

10303 Condensed Matter Physics and Nanoscale Materials Physics 10 point Autumn E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12), Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
10318 Many body methods in condensed matter physics 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
10347 Introduction to Biophysics 5 point Autumn E5B (Wed 13-17)
10380 Quantum Optics 10 point Autumn E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
10850 Advanced micro- and nanofabrication technology 5 point Spring F3B (Fri 13-17)
10855 Advanced fabrication of micro- and nanostructures 10 point Autumn E2 (Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12) and Autumn E5 (Wed 8-17)
22052 Applied signal processing 10 point Spring F2 (Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12)
22511 Biomedical optics 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
22512 Optical biosensors 5 point Autumn E5A (Wed 8-12)
34032 Optical properties of solids 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
34042 Quantum photonic communication 5 point Autumn E5A (Wed 8-12)
34053 Numerical methods in photonics 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)
34130 Introduction to optical communication 10 point Autumn E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
34153 Physical concepts in optical communication 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
34156 Advanced Optical Communication Systems 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)
34430 Introduction to biophotonics 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)
34440 Novel optical fibers in life sciences 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
34539 Design, fabrication and characterization of optical planar waveguide components 5 point June
34540 Light emitting diodes and photovoltaics for energy applications 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)

Elective courses

The students are required to complete a number of elective courses equivalent to 30 ECTS credits. Any course described as MSc course in DTU's course base can be an elective course. This includes general competence and technological specialization courses in excess of the minimal requirements. Master students may choose as much as 10 credit points among the bachelor courses at DTU and courses at an equivalent level from other higher institutions.