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Optical Technology and Image Processing (Master's degree)

Semester 3 Semester
Winter semester/summer semester


Cameras, lasers, optics and light: this is what students in the three-semester Master's programme in Optotechnology and Image Processing deal with. The Master's degree is part of the consecutive and practice-oriented programme Optotechnology and Image Processing and is unique in Europe. Students are taught the two fields of optotechnology and image processing in an integrated and balanced way. In cooperation with the Technical University of Central Hessen, theoretical and practical elements of optical technologies are deepened. More detailed information on the course of studies can be found on the website of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.


As the only Master's programme of its kind in Germany, Optotechnology and Image Processing offers graduates outstanding career prospects in the growing field of optical technologies. They can work in industry as well as in research. Since methods, processes, products and systems of optotechnology and image processing are used as a cross-sectional technology in almost every branch of industry, the demand for qualified workers is very high. The graduates are qualified for the long term, perform demanding engineering tasks in companies or take on management responsibilities.

After a Master's degree, there is the possibility of a doctorate. The central contact point is the Graduate School.


The Master's programme in Optotechnology and Image Processing is divided into three semesters. In the first two semesters, the subjects are deepened in theory and practice. In the technical elective module, there are more than 20 offers for specialisation, for example in laser application in medicine and medical technology. The place of study is Darmstadt. However, special events are also held in Friedberg one day a week, including laboratory exercises on laser technology. The third semester is reserved for the Master's thesis, which is carried out in industry, at a research institute or in a research project at the university. A detailed presentation of the course contents can be found in the module manual (german).


A prerequisite for the three-semester Master's programme in optotechnology and image processing is a relevant Bachelor's degree (overall grade 2.5 or better), for example, also in mechatronics, electrical engineering or physical engineering. If necessary, a committee decides on admission. Applicants are also expected to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of mathematics, physics and programming techniques. Knowledge of electronics, signal processing and precision engineering is also required, as is a knowledge of English. Applicants with a six-semester Bachelor's degree are prepared for a smooth entry into the Master's programme in a transition semester at the Hochschule Darmstadt. A detailed description of the admission requirements can be found in the Special Provisions of the Examination Regulations (German).

Registration deadline (German certificate)