The aim of the Master's programme is to provide special training in several sub-disciplines of physics at the highest international level and to guide students towards independent scientific and technical work based on relevant practical experience. The Master's programme is characterised by the scientific profile of the faculty.
The prerequisite for admission is a Bachelor's degree in physics or an equivalent qualifying degree with corresponding academic achievements. The admission of applicants with other degrees is regulated by the Master's Admission Regulations, which may contain aptitude tests.
The Master's programme comprises 120 ECTS credits corresponding to a study duration of 4 semesters. The course contents are summarised in modules, each of which extends over one to two semesters. In accordance with the objectives outlined above, the programme is divided into two one-year sections, the specialisation phase and the research phase.
The specialisation phase serves to develop the advanced knowledge required for independent productive work in physics. By means of a special education in several sub-subjects of physics, shaped by the scientific profile of the university and its physics department, the graduates can prepare themselves specifically for certain future fields of activity.
The research phase is to be regarded as a unit. It takes into account the fact, typical for modern science, that the scope of essential knowledge has become so large that it is unavoidable, even with a streamlining and concentration that reaches its limits, that even the teaching of basic knowledge takes up a large proportion of the study time. It is precisely this streamlining and concentration, however, that widens the gap to the ever-advancing innovative front of science and technology, on which graduates are subsequently to prove themselves in research and industry.
Compulsory subjects are Advanced Experimental Physics and Advanced Theoretical Physics. In addition, two elective subjects must be taken. One elective should be from the field of work of the Master's thesis, which is carried out within the framework of a one-year research phase. Students can choose between biophysics, solid state physics, theoretical physics, applied optics, computational material sciences and environmental physics. The second elective subject can also be chosen from this selection, but it can also be another natural science or engineering subject upon request.
In the specialisation phase (1st and 2nd semester) lectures, exercises and internships are offered.
In the research phase (3rd and 4th semester) a research project is worked on in one of the faculties institutes, i.e. in one of the working groups. The research is supported by seminars.
Not compulsory, but possible and sensible. However, it should be agreed at an early stage with the examination board whether the study achievements completed abroad can be recognised.
Exams may be held in one or more of the following forms:
1. written exam (duration 1 - 2 hours)
2. oral examination (minimum 30 minutes maximum 60 minutes)
3. seminar lecture from 20 up to 45 minutes duration
4. written elaboration