MSc. in Physics

Master of Sciences in Physics

The Master’s degree programme Physics is designed for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in physics or in a closely related subject. It aims at an advanced training in selected fields of physics, offers the opportunity for specialization and, finally, in its second phase, provides a one-year training phase directed towards the capability of performing independent research.
The language of instruction in the Master’s programme is English.
The Master’s programme can be started either in the winter term (October) or in the summer term (April).

Application and additional information

For admission to the Master’s degree programme in Physics, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Physics or a closely related degree programme with above average success. Additionally, adequate proficiency in English is required. A more detailed outline of the requirements for admission is given in the examination regulations.

Application

The application is requested online: https://www.campo.fau.de;
General information on the application procedure: https://www.fau.eu/international…

Application deadlines:

  • 15th July for the upcoming winter semester
  • 15th January for the upcoming summer semester

International applicants should, if possible, apply by 31th May, for the upcoming winter semester and by 15th December for the upcoming summer semester.

Application documents

For a more detailed description, see the application web page.

  • Secondary education certificate
  • University degree certificate with transcript of records
  • CV
  • Proof of proficiency in English. The required English proficiency level is B2 (vantage/upper intermediate) (CEFR) or an equivalent score in another internationally recognized test.
  • Letter of motivation (about one page)

Structure of the Master’s programme in Physics

The first year of study focuses on the deepening of theoretical and experimental foundations and methods of physics. In addition to obligatory advanced courses in theoretical and experimental physics, it includes elective physics and non-physics courses as well as lab courses. The second year of study is dedicated entirely to a research project in experimental or theoretical physics, the results of which are documented in the Master’s thesis and are presented in a public lecture.
As an option, „Physics Methods and Applications in Medicine“ can be selected as a core focus of the Master’s course. In this case, a set of specialized lectures and lab courses must be attended, and the research phase will focus on a corresponding topic. Upon successful completion, this focus is explicitly certified in the Master’s documents.

Advanced courses in experimental and theoretical physics

Experimental physics

Selection:

  • EV (winter term): Solid state physics
  • EV (winter term): Atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics
  • EV (summer term): Particle and astroparticle physics

Theoretical physics

  • TV (winter term): Advanced quantum mechanics
  • TV (summer term): Theoretical solid state physics

In accordance with the examination regulations, modules EV and TV can be used as EV-1/-2 or TV-1/-2 independent on the enumeration or the announcement at the online platform UnivIS.

The formal requirements for a successful completion of the programme are outlined in the examination regulations. The course curriculum given on pg. 30 of the examination reglations provides a suggestion for the planning of the programme.