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

13th IMPRS annual meeting

This year's annual meeting - the 13th in a row - took place on October 7th at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in a completely new format.

Best Poster Award

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

IMPRS Block Lectures

The pioneer in microscopy Colin Sheppard visited MPL in September and gave two wonderful lectures about the history of microscopy and its development.

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Current issue: Newsletter No 25 - January 2023

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