The four semester Master course which leads to the qualification of "Master of Science" is divided into two parts. The first two semesters consist of lectures in basic astrophysics and advanced courses in physics. A specialized subject area is chosen. The masters thesis is completed in the last two semesters with accompanying colloquia, tutorials and seminars.
The modular design of the Masters degree course in astrophysics allows the participants to study with emphasis in either experimental or theoretical topics. The primary goal of this course is to provide an overview into the deeper interconnections in astrophysics in a physical context. The masters degree is the professional qualification attained by examination after scientific training has been completed. In addition, it enables the student to be admitted to doctoral studies in physics.


The primary goals of the course are to impart expertise in current research topics on the basis of a deeper physical understanding. Here research methods, strategic planning, critical evaluation of the scientific results, independence as well as a career relevant qualifications are central. The ability to think astrophysically and to proceed methodically in both theory and practice are developed during the two year course of study. A mixture of lectures, exercises, seminars, colloquia, tutorials, practicals and field studies provides this training. Building on the knowledge gained in the first two semesters, these abilities will be strengthened during the year long research phase of the third and fourth semesters.

Entry Requirement

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the university, applicants also need to meet the specific requirements for admission to the Master's of Science (MSc) degree programs in Physics, Astrophysics, and Meteorology:

  • the successful completion of a first professionally qualifying university degree or an equivalent degree obtained in Germany or abroad either in Physics, Astrophysics, Meteorology or in another mathematical/scientific field, and
  • the successful participation in an assessment procedure conducted by the Faculty of Physics for the purpose of determining whether the applicant is eligible for the Master's program to which he or she is applying. 

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