If you are an international applicant: do not apply via the Campo platform unless asked to do so by the MAOT office. The first application must always done by e-mail to MAOT. Applying via the Campo platform simultaneosly does not improve your chances of being be admitted.

If you are a German applicant or a ‚Bildungsinländer‘ (international applicants with a German first degree): apply via Campo.

MAOT is part of the Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP). Students who join the MPSP with a bachelor’s degree take the MAOT or another master’s course (in Jena or Karlsruhe) during the MPSP qualification phase. The MAOT office is involved in the evaluation process for applications to MPSP. Admission to MPSP will also lead to admission to the MAOT programme.

You can, however, also apply directly to MAOT. The application requirements are similar but not exactly the same.

  1. If you feel you meet the requirments for the MPSP school we recommend applying there as admission to MPSP includes a scholarship that MAOT cannot provide. You can name MAOT as your preferred master’s course for the MPSP qualification phase. This does not, however, guarantee you a place on the MAOT programme if you are admitted.
  2. If you are rejected by MPSP you can still apply to MAOT. You will not be automatically rejected but your application will be evaluated as any other application with the same chances for admission. Please note that you still have to follow the MAOT application procedures. Your MPSP application cannot be simply forwarded.
  3. If you do not feel you meet the requirements for MPSP at this time you can still apply for a place on the MAOT programme. You can still apply to MPSP after graduation from MAOT provided that you graduate with very good results.


  • If you are applying directly to MAOT follow our application procedure. If you are applying to MPSP follow the MPSP procedure if you apply to MPSP.
  • The deadlines may vary (from year to year). Check the websites.

Yes, this is possible. Many applicants are still in the fifth semester of their bachelor’s course at the time of their application. They can apply with the latest transcript of records which shows all courses they have completed and grades achieved.

If admitted, however, you will have to have completed the bachelor’s degree at the time of the matriculation (around September/October). In individual cases, the deadline for the submission of proof of the degree qualification can be extended. Contact the MAOT office.

A bachelor in physics or a relevant engineering subject qualifies you for applying for a place on the MAOT. The most common previous degrees held by our current students are physics, electrical engineering (including related programmes such as telecommunication) or an optics-related course. Students with very various backgrounds have also been admitted, however. The list below contains the previous bachelor’s degrees held by current students:

  • Avionics engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Computer science
  • Vehicle technology
  • International production engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Life science engineering
  • Materials science
  • Mechatronics
  • Sustainable energy engineering
  • Thermal power engineering

If the previous university degree was completed in English it is not necessary to submit a further proof of your English language skills. Otherwise a certificate of TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 85 points or an IELTS score of at least 5.0 must be provided. Your command of English during your telephone interview will also be taken into account.

For German applicants (and ‚Bildungsinländer‘) the High School Diploma might be accepted if it certifies sufficient English language skills.

International students have to provide proof of German language skills on the level A1, even if they study exclusively in English. This should support their capability to study at a German university and to live in Germany. If this proof cannot be provided at the time of the matriculation it can be submitted until one year after the matriculation. The university offers courses to achive the demanded level without any fee.

Your grades should be equivalent to the German ‚good‘. Grades from countries outside Germany of an applicant will be considered on the basis of publicly accessible information on the standard in the home country of issue. If applicants can provide official (!) information on the grading system in their country or at their university this will be duly considered.

In the first stage of the the application process documents do not have to be officially recognised.

If you are to proceed to the second stage, however, it will be necessary to submit officially recognised documents. At the time of matriculation (September / October) you will be required to provide the originals of all documents (in the original language and in an official translation if the originals are not in German or English).

There are a number of ways to have your documents recognised. It depends on the nature of the document and in some cases cases country-specific demands apply. The most common institutions for the recognition of document are the following:

  • University
  • Embassy
  • Notary
  • Certified translator

No, there are no tuition fees. All you have to pay is around 115 € per semester for Student Services. More information on the costs of living can be found here.

We do not need letters of reference in the original document. Scans of the document are fine and can be submitted by the applicant or the referee. There is no template for letters of reference. The referees can write references in whatever format they choose.