The master’s degree is the actual completion of the physics degree. The very short 2-semester master’s degree requires an 8-semester bachelor’s degree in physics. The theoretical, experimental and practical requirements for graduation have been laid in the bachelor's degree. The master’s course is very research-oriented. The preparation and implementation of the master's thesis is the central component of the course. The opportunity to participate in course events is given to a limited extent.

The master's thesis is an independent scientific research work that requires planning, commitment, teamwork and a certain tolerance in dealing with obstacles and unexpected problems from the candidates. The research activity takes place predominantly in working groups (AG) in the department. An orientation phase serves to get to know these working groups. However, there is also the opportunity to do research in research groups outside and possibly in companies, clearly in coordination with the department.


The candidates are free to choose their field of work, depending on the possibilities. Typically, a working group is found independently and a topic is selected in consultation with the supervisor. You can choose from a wide range:

  • Research activities in the department (astro-, bio- and neurophysics, experimental and theoretical semiconductor physics, physics of complex systems, molecular solids, surface physics, structure and technology research, many-particle physics)
  • Research associations and institutions (Scientific Center for Materials Science, Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1083 Structure and Dynamics of Inner Interfaces, SFB / TRR 135 Cardiac Mechanisms of Perception, Graduate Schools Functionalization of Semiconductors and The Brain in Action, LOEWE Center Synmikro, research groups and focus and joint projects .


The master’s degree in physics prepares students for independent and self-reliant work as a physicist in business, industry, in scientific research institutes and in public administration, as well as for further doctoral studies.

Experience has shown that the possible professional fields of a physicist are very broad and often extend far into neighboring scientific and other disciplines.



Proof of graduation

  • a relevant bachelor's degree in physics or
  • a physics-related bachelor's degree or
  • a comparable domestic or foreign professional university degree

If this is not yet available, a transcript of records with a calculated average grade based on at least 80% of the credit points required for the Bachelor's degree can be submitted.

The bachelor's degree or a comparable university degree must include at least 240 credit points (ECTS) or a course of study with a standard study period of 8 semesters or 4 years.

A course is physics-related if at least 90 credit points have been achieved in physical subjects. The examination board (§ 16) can combine the admission with the condition that additional study achievements and / or examinations of a maximum of 30 credit points are achieved. In this case, the course can be extended accordingly.


Knowledge of English at level B2 of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” is recommended .


Direct admission is granted if the admission requirements are fully met.


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