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Graduate School of the KIT
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Study Optics & Photonics

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Do research in Optics & Photonics

City of Karlsruhe
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The School

The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics was founded as the first Graduate School of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) in 2006.


KSOP provides a multidisciplinary environment for first-class research and education as well as for the generation of knowledge and innovation in Optics & Photonics.

The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics was founded under the German that was launched to support world-class research and education at German universities. The excellence status of KSOP was renewed after a successful evaluation by international experts in 2012.

KSOP offers a Master and a PhD program in English.

The educational concept is designed to qualify graduates for accelerated careers at world leading academic institutions and in high-technology industries. The Research Areas are: Photonic Materials and Devices, Quantum Optics & Spectroscopy, Biomedical Photonics, Optical Systems and Solar Energy.

By now, almost 800 Master and PhD students and alumni from 40 different countries are part of KSOP.


The structure of the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP)


Additionally to scientific and technical as well as management courses students also profit from the institution’s close ties to industry. In this way careers are promoted and access to the labour market is facilitated.