Short profile

Master of Science
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Restrictions on admission
aptitude test
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Standard period of study
3 semester
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Start of studies
April 1 or october 1
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Requirement for admission
Bachelor's degree in a similar field
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Credit points
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Optical System Technology combines the engineering knowledge of the disciplines Optic, Electronics, Mechanics and Information technologyin a new discipline. It comprises the entirety of physical, chemical and biological natural laws and technologies for the generation, amplification, shaping, transmission, measurement and utilization of light.

Graduates from the master program Optical System Technology are interdisciplinary trained optics engineers. They have profound knowledge of the physical fundamentals of electromagnetic waves and are thereby able to work methodologically and integratively through the application orientation of the program.

The program is created consecutive and bases on the bachelor degree in Optical System Technology / Optronics.

The program is mainly research-oriented and deepens skills and competences acquired from undergraduate studies in the field Optronics. Students are trained manifold in development, construction/design, modelling/simulation, technolgy and and manufacturing of micro- and macro-technical optronic products, machines, plants and processes.

Content of study

Project seminar optronics

17 %

Obligatory courses according to chosen specialisation (see specialisation and detailed overview)

28 %

Optional courses (e.g. optoelectronic measuring and sensor technology, light measurement technology and sensor technology, digital signal processing, color and colorimetry, nano and laser measurement technology, microtechnology, photovoltaic systems, lighting technology, physiological optics)

22 %

Master thesis

33 %
Detailed subject overview: Optical Systems Technology/Optronics (Master)


  • Photonics
  • Optical Engineering
  • Optical sensor and information technology

Optronics offers me the possibility to live out my abilities to the full extent. There is no subject that does not interest me.

Anja Bösemann


Fields of work

  • Research and development in companies and universities
  • Project planning, construction, testing
  • Production and project management
  • Quality assurance and quality control
  • Medical and environmental technology, biotechnology
  • Companies in the fields of optics, light and laser technology

Julian and Anja study optical systems engineering / optronics at the TU Ilmenau


Programme coordinator

Prof. Dr. Gunther Notni

+49 3677 69-3820

Study organisation

Dipl.-Ing. Jana Buchheim

+49 3677 69-2494

Professors and staff members will be happy to answer questions about the courses offered by the

Department of Mechanical Engineering.

WebEx room | Meeting identification number 842 757 258

We are looking forward to interesting conversations each

Thursday 3pm - 4pm.