Welcome to our IMPRS Physics of Light!

The IMPRS Physics of Light (IMPRS-PL) at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) is an international graduate program that educates and trains a new generation of scientists at MSc and PhD levels.

In collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), we offer MSc stipends and PhD positions. The language of instruction and interaction of our structured graduate program is English. Knowledge of the German language is not required, but we also offer German language classes at MPL and FAU.

Applications from entering master’s students are processed in two rounds with deadlines on January 15th and May 31st for the academic year starting in the following October. Decisions are communicated by March 1st and July 1st, respectively.

Students with a master’s degree who are interested in pursuing a PhD within IMPRS can apply and start at any time during the year.

In a nutshell

IMPRS News & Events

Best Poster Award

Congratulations to the winners of this year's IMPRS poster awards!

IMPRS Retreat


In 2023, the retreat was organized for June 19th and 20th at the hotel “Festung Rosenberg” in Kronach.

MPL Open Day

On May 2nd we had our first Open Day at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.

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