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Materials Physics (MSc)

Main topics

Materials Physics provides research-orientated training in highly successful research fields at the Department of Physics in Erlangen. It comprises two semesters of courses and a two-semester research term and is completed with the Master’s thesis. This advanced programme deepens and expands on the knowledge of the main topics and skills developed in the Bachelor's degree programme. The Master’s degree programme consists of advanced modules and projects, seminars, advanced lab courses, elective modules, and a research term ending with the Master’s thesis.

Focus and possibilites

Students acquire specialised skills in a wide variety of subjects such as advanced solid-state physics, mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of selected materials, soft matter physics, biophysics, theoretical and computer physics, or special aspects of materials engineering and materials chemistry. The Master’s thesis can be closely connected to the research conducted by the Cluster of Excellence EAM, the interdisciplinary centres for molecular materials and interface-controlled processes (ICMM, ICICP), and the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).

Programme structure
  • 1st and 2nd semester: orientation phase
    This phase is dedicated to expanding your knowledge in experimental and theoretical physics. In addition, you can choose from a large variety of elective modules both in physics and other areas. You acquire in-depth knowledge in specific areas of physics and materials. In advanced lab courses you can improve your practical skills.
  • 3rd and 4th semester: research phase
    The third semester starts with an orientation and preparation phase for a specific research task. Now you can focus on topics you identified as interesting in the orientation phase. You can work on specific problems and refer to the research groups at the Department if you require assistance. This phase is completed with the Master’s thesis and a Master's colloquium where you present your results for discussion.
Entrance requirements

To enter the Master’s degree program in Materials Physics, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Materials Physics, or a closely related study program with a final mark of at least “good” (2.5 according to the German grade system). The B.Sc. must have covered also theoretical aspects of Physics or Materials Physics. Additionally, all applicants have to prove adequate proficiency in English. The required English language level is B2 (vantage/upper intermediate) (CEFR) or an equivalent score in another internationally recognized test.

How to apply

Admission requirements: Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in physics, materials physics, or a closely related degree programme with a final grade of at least 'gut' (good – 2.5 according to the German grading system). The Bachelor's degree must have covered theoretical aspects of physics or materials physics. Additionally, all applicants must submit proof of sufficient English language proficiency. The English language level required is B2 (vantage/upper intermediate) (CEFR) or an equivalent score in another internationally recognised test.

Application: Application deadlines are 15 July for the following winter semester and 15 January for the following summer semester. Please apply online at

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Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.


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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: English
Admission: Qualification assessment
Size: (1-24 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences

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