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Building on the bachelor’s degree in physics, the master’s degree in physics imparts more in-depth specialist knowledge and scientific methods in physics and, if the students choose, also related subject areas. The aims of the study are to deepen and specialize in physical knowledge and skills, as well as training for independent scientific work. In particular, graduates acquire the ability to work successfully as generalists in the natural sciences in various fields of science and technology.


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

  • Bachelor's degree in physics or an equivalent other university degree that corresponds to that of the bachelor's degree in physics at Freie Universität Berlin,
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B 1 GER) for applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who did not acquire their university degree at an educational establishment in which English is the language of instruction.

The course is restricted in admission.


The master’s degree in physics consists of an advanced phase and a research phase in which modules are completed.

The structure and process 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 elective area offers the opportunity to gain an insight into the current state of research in other areas of physics, additional advanced training in modern research areas of physics or a methodological overview.

The master's thesis 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 Science (M.Sc.) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Development phase (divided into the following 3 areas)

Compulsory area
module Advanced Laboratory Course for Master Students
module Selected Topics in Physics / Selected Topics in Physics
Elective theoretical physics (at least 1 of the following modules)
module Advanced Quantum Mechanics
module Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics
module Advanced Statistical Physics
module Quantum Field Theory and Many-Body Physics
Elective area experimental physics (at least 1 of the following modules, if not 2 or more modules from the elective area theoretical physics were chosen)
module Advanced Solid State Physics
module Advanced Atomic and Molecular Physics
module Advanced Biophysics
Elective area

For example:

Theoretical Solid State Physics, Advanced Theoretical Biophysics, Nanophysics,
Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Nonlinear Optics, Spectroscopy with Synchrotron Radiation, Photobiophysics and Photosynthesis, Semiconductor Physics, General Relativity, History of Physics, Advanced Topics in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Special Topics in Magnetism, Special Topics in Molecular Physics, Special Topics in Molecular Biophysics,
Advanced Astronomy and Astrophysics, Modern Methods in Theoretical Physics,
Modern Methods in Experimental Physics

Research phase

module Scientific Specialization
module Methodology and Project Planning



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

The professional field of master’s graduates is broad and ranges from basic and industrial research to application-related development and technical sales to planning, testing and management tasks in industry and administration. The master’s degree enables access to a doctorate, particularly in the natural sciences and technical fields.

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