The physics master’s course enables the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in the bachelor’s course to be deepened and expanded through a scientific specialization and deepening in experimental physics, theoretical physics and physics didactics with the aim of providing students with in-depth theoretical and methodological knowledge in to convey the chosen areas. In addition to a scientific specialization, the course is geared in particular to the competence requirements of later professional practice with the aim that the students acquire theoretical knowledge of learning and educational processes as well as skills in subject-related and target-specific teaching and learning.

In the practical semester at school, theoretical knowledge and teaching experience are systematically linked with one another. Here, students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have learned during their studies: They observe, plan and conduct lessons - and reflect on their experiences. In this way, basic skills for teaching practice are acquired during the course.

Further information on the internship semester at the Free University of Berlin: http://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/dse/master/praxissemester/index.html


The teacher training master’s course with subject 1 physics is studied with subject 2, the teaching-related subject combination being specified by the previous bachelor’s degree.

The modules in the table below are expanded by modules from the other subject. The educational science modules listed in the table are completed once, regardless of the core subject and the range of modules.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis can be completed in the specialist field, in educational science or in the subject didactics of subject 1 or 2 and should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Education (M.Ed.) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Technical and didactic modules


Advanced Physics


Theoretical physics for student teachers III


Demonstration internship II


Practical school studies in physics


Didactics of Physics - Selected Topics


Didactics of Physics - Development, Evaluation and Research

Educational modules


Learning support and motivation to learn


Educational diagnostics


Learning research project


To be admitted to the master’s degree in teaching, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree related to this master’s degree with an integrative study of two subjects and teaching related professional science (educational science and subject didactics), or an equivalent other university degree.

The teacher training-related subject combination from the previous Bachelor's degree must be retained. The core subject of the bachelor's degree is studied as subject 1, the modules of the bachelor's degree as subject 2.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university admission (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge in accordance with the regulations for the German language test for university admission of foreign applicants to the Free University of Berlin.


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

A successfully completed three-year bachelor's degree and a subsequent two-year master's degree with (up to) two-year preparatory service lead to the office of the student council.

In addition to teaching at schools, there are employment opportunities primarily in industry (technological area) but also in the service sector for scientific and technical applications. Further job opportunities are available in the public service, in science and research at universities, research institutes and authorities, in information processing or in patents. Physics graduates can also work in freelance professions, e.g. science journalists, editors or experts. Even if graduates can work in different areas of work, they are generally given preference in areas of activity that deal with physics or technology in general.

In addition, the other subject can also open up further opportunities with regard to the occupational profile and career opportunities.

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