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Information on the master’s degree

On this page we put together some information about the master’s courses at the Faculty of Physics, in particular information about the master’s course in physics.
In case of doubt, only the examination regulations are relevant.
If you have any questions, please contact the academic advisory service. You can find more advice and contacts here.


The Faculty of Physics offers the following Master of Science programs:

  • MSc Physics
  • MSc Geophysics (English-language master's degree in geophysics)
  • MSc Meteorology (English-language master's degree in Meteorology)
  • Part of the physics course in the master’s course in teaching at grammar schools

There is also the inter-faculty course MSc Optics and Photonics with English-language courses.

Admission to the master’s degree

The master’s degree builds on the bachelor’s degree. The prerequisites for starting a master’s degree are knowledge and achievements of the bachelor’s degree or comparable achievements.
These include in detail:

  • B.Sc. in physics, geophysics or meteorology or equivalent degree
  • Knowledge of the teaching content of the bachelor's degree
  • Comparable scope of the services provided.
  • For the Master’s degree in Physics: Knowledge of the German language.
    These are provided by the "Test German as a Foreign Language" (TestDaF).
  • For the master’s courses in meteorology and geophysics:
    Proof of very good knowledge of the English language at level B2 is required.

The following requirements apply to the Optics and Photonics master’s course:

  • Bachelor's or equivalent degree with above-average success in optics & photonics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biology with a minor in physics, computer science with a minor in physics
  • Studies amounting to at least 180 ECTS points or a standard period of three years
  • sufficient knowledge of English

The prerequisites and the evidence to be provided are regulated in detail in the access statutes:

Requirements for the master’s degree

The technical requirements for admission to the individual courses are as follows (details can be found in the admission statutes):

Master's degree in physics:

  • at least 32 ECTS in experimental physics
  • at least 32 ECTS in theoretical physics
  • at least 18 ECTS in physical internships

Master's degree in geophysics:

  • at least 20 ECTS in geophysics
  • at least 20 ECTS in Experimental and Theoretical Physics
  • at least 20 ECTS in mathematics

Missing credit points in the field of geophysics can be made up in the first year of study (admission subject to conditions).

Master's degree in meteorology:

  • at least 30 ECTS in meteorology
  • at least 30 ECTS in physics
  • at least 12 ECTS in higher mathematics

Missing credit points in the field of meteorology can be made up in the first year of study (admission subject to conditions).

You can find an overview of the contents of the bachelor’s degree in physics in the module handbook for the bachelor’s degree.

Lectures in the master’s degree in physics

In the Master’s course in Physics, you take three physical subjects to varying degrees: the advanced subject with 20 ECTS points, the supplementary subject with 14 ECTS points and the physical minor subject with 8 ECTS points. These subjects must cover areas from experimental and theoretical physics.

For the main subject, a scientific specialization is selected in line with one's own interests. The following subject areas are available:

  • Experimental Physics: Condensed Matter (Solid State Physics)
  • Experimental Physics: Nanophysics
  • Experimental Physics: Optics and Photonics
  • Experimental particle physics
  • Experimental astroparticle physics
  • Theoretical particle physics
  • Condensed Matter Theory (Theoretical Solid State Physics)

Further components of the master’s degree are:

  • Advanced internship
  • A non-physical elective subject
  • General qualifications

The non-physical elective subject can be chosen from the natural or engineering sciences. It can build on a compulsory elective subject in the bachelor's degree. Examples:

  • mathematics
  • chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Economics

additional Information

A detailed description can be found in the module handbooks of the respective degree program, the regulations are laid down in the respective study and examination regulations.