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Physics (MSc)

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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. The high-level programme further explores and expands on the main topics and skills developed in the Bachelor's degree programme. The degree programme consists of advanced modules and projects, a seminar, advanced lab courses, elective modules, and a research term ending with the Master’s thesis.

Focus and possibilities

A wide range of specialised lectures on topics in

  • Astrophysics and astroparticle physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Optical sciences
  • Physics in life sciences
  • Thoretical physics

is offered in preparation for research work in the context of the Master’s thesis.

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 physics-related topics. 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 for you 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 programme in Physics, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Materials Physics, or a closely related study programme 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.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to Physics applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in physics, materials physics, or a closely related subject 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.

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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: (25-49 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences