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Optische Technologien: Laser und Photonik

Optical Technologies: Lasers and Photonics
(Bachelor of Science)

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Course type
Undergraduate studies (1 Subject bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

Pre-internship (recommended)

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The Bachelor’s programme in Optical Technologies: Lasers and Photonics is the only one of its kind at a German university. While the degree programme is characterised by a focus on the specialist field of optics, the education offered is interdisciplinary and wide-ranging. Students learn the basics of physics, mathematics, chemistry and electrical engineering, combined with typical engineering problem-solving skills.

In the Bachelor’s Project, in laboratory experiments and in module-specific practical courses, students learn how to set up experiments, evaluate measurement data, and operate scientific software. An optional industrial/research internship prepares students for a career in research-intensive companies in the optical industry. The degree programme concludes with a Bachelor’s thesis, which students write in the sixth semester.

The Bachelor’s programme in Optical Technologies: Lasers and Photonics is ideally located in Hannover, which is home to the Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), the Leibniz School of Optics & Photonics and the Laser Zentrum Hannover e. V. (LZH). A Master’s programme in Optical Technologies has been running successfully for years at Leibniz Universität Hannover, enabling graduates of the Bachelor’s programme to progress to the postgraduate programme and expand their knowledge. Alternatively, graduates also have direct access to the new Master’s programme in Quantum Engineering.

Areas of Focus

  • Optics and lasers
  • Optical materials
  • Lighting engineering
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Design
  • Electrical engineering and information technology
  • Numerical analysis
  • Quantum technologies
  • Foundations of general chemistry
Course Content

At the start of the degree programme, students acquire basic skills in physics, mathematics, technical mechanics, design, electrical engineering and information technology. As students progress, growing emphasis is placed on optics and laser technology.

In the first semester, students gain a general overview of the basics of optics and ray optics. Wave optics are addressed in the second semester, followed by beam sources and lasers in the third semester. Likewise from the third semester onwards, the Foundations of General Chemistry module is offered as a compulsory module in preparation for working with optical materials. In the fourth and fifth semesters, the skills gained and the basic knowledge acquired are interwoven into new modules and supplemented by lectures on quantum technologies.

A compulsory elective area is also available from the fourth semester onwards. Students have the option of completing a twelve-week industrial/research internship in the sixth semester. Alternatively, the internship can be taken in the consecutive Master’s programme in Optical Technologies. If the specialised internship is taken during the Master’s programme, students may choose additional compulsory elective modules at the Bachelor’s stage.

Recommended Abilities

Students taking the Bachelor’s programme in Optical Technologies: Lasers and Photonics should have a strong interest in science and technology, and the ability to think logically and abstractly. A basic understanding of mathematics and physics is required and mandatory. Students must also be able to recognise structures and work with precision. International students must have a C1 German language level.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in Optical Technologies: Lasers and Photonics are generalists in the field of optics and photonics, making them ideal candidates to work in one of the most important key technologies of the 21st century – the laser and optics industry. Employment is primarily in the research/development industry. Graduates can either enter employment or proceed to the postgraduate Master’s programme, with the subsequent option of embarking on a PhD.

Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master's programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master's programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

This degree programme is admission-free.
If you did not graduate from a German school nor have a German higher education entrance qualification (for example, the Abitur), a language certificate proving your knowledge of German is required for the application and enrollment.

Application Deadlines

First-year students (Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – Sept 30th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year (application via uni-assist)
  • Applicants who have passed the assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a German foundation course (Studienkolleg): June 1st – Sept 30th of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st –  Sept 30th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st -  March 31st of the year for the summer semester

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover