Biophotonics and Sensors

The 'Biophotonics and sensors' study line addresses the increasing use of optics and photonics within biology, including medical treatment and sensing. Sensing could be various measurements related to food and drugs, but it could also be the sensing of for example the speed of the wind in so-called LIDAR techniques. It could additionally be measurements or detection of infrared wavelengths, relevant for food sensing, using novel optical methods based on nonlinear optics.

The study line focuses on providing a basic understanding of the relevant measurement techniques and methods, data processing, and optical devices used in optical sensing. Graduates will for example be able to develop tools and techniques that will help improve the ability to monitor climate and environment parameters for civil authorities, DMI (meteorological institutions), consulting engineering firms and the EU.


Biophotonics and Optical sensors are very promising fields within Photonics. One reason for this is the applicability of optical methods for making online non-invasive measurements as well as advanced imaging techniques that enable for example chemists and biologists to identify material or enable doctors to indentify or treat diseases without the need for invasive surgery.

The following technology specialization courses are mandatory for this study line

22511 Biomedical optics 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
22512 Optical biosensors 5 point Autumn E5A (Wed 8-12)
34430 Introduction to biophotonics 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)

Apart from these courses the student also has to pick at least 15 ECTS  from the following list

10347 Introduction to Biophysics 5 point Autumn E5B (Wed 13-17)
22052 Applied signal processing 10 point Spring F2 (Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12)
34032 Optical properties of solids 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
34440 Novel optical fibers in life sciences 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)

Note that 10347 is a BSc courses. According to DTU's rules a student is not allowed to take more than 10 ECTS credits of BSc courses during the MSc program.

Proposed study plan

Below is an example of a study plan. Note:

“34046 Experimental methods in photonics” runs in January and should be completed as early as possible.

“42429 Project management,” runs in August. May be replaced by “42430 Project Management,” that runs in January

The course “34043 Projects in optics and photonics,” runs both in the spring and fall. 

Students are encouraged to follow the courses:"34041 Waveguide optics“ and “34034 Lasers and Photonic systems,” as elective courses

General competences
Technological specialization
Nonlinear optics
10 point
Entrepreneurship in photonics and... Entrepreneurship in photonics and communications
5 point
Projects in Optics and Photonics
5 point
Experimental methods in photonics
5 point
Applied signal processing
10 point
Introduction to biophotonics
5 point
5 point
Project Management
5 point
Novel optical fibers in life sciences
5 point
Biomedical optics
5 point
Optical biosensors
5 point
10 point
Master's Thesis
30 point