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Physik - Vertiefung und Forschung (M.Sc.)/ Master of Science Physics - Specialization and Research (Master of Science)

Program: Physik - Vertiefung und Forschung / Physics
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)

The Master's degree is the degree of a scientific physics education. The 4-semester course of study also grants lateral entrants, in addition to graduates of a 6-semester Bachelor program in physics, an opportunity to obtain a Master's degree in physics. Building on a 3-year natural sciences Bachelor program, students will have the opportunity to deepen their study of general physics in accordance with their level of knowledge. An extensively free elective range in physics allows for the acquiring of additional knowledge in a field of interest of choice, in which you may wish to complete your thesis.

In the profile study area, students can attend modules outside of the disciplinary culture of physics, on the one hand, and get to know the work groups in the department, on the other. This serves for profiling and orientation of students and helps in selecting the field of work in which the research block and the Master's thesis are to be performed.

The cooperation in current research fields of work groups is carried out in the research block. It comprises the work group internship, the research internship and the master's thesis. A central element of the master's program is the master's thesis, in which students acquire the capability for independent research by solving a current problem.

With corresponding demand, it is possible that the course offerings and program achievements can be carried out entirely in the English language.

Major topics

In the free elective range of physics, between three and six modules are chosen from the research fields of the work groups. These can be summarized as the following areas of specialization: biological and statistical physics, advanced experimental physics, advanced theoretical physics, methods of physics, optics and spectroscopy, physics of condensed materials, systems and applications.

Candidates are free to choose their field of work for the Master's thesis, in accordance with the opportunities. Typically, a WG is found independently and a topic is chosen in consultation with the advisors. A selection can be made from a broad range:

  • Research activities at the department (astrophysics, biophysics and neurophysics, experimental and theoretical semiconductor physics, physics of complex systems, molecular solid bodies, surface physics, structural and technological research, particle physics)
  • Research associations and institutions (Scientific Centre for Material Sciences, special research division (SFB) 1083  Structure and dynamics of internal interfaces, SFB/TRR 135 Cardial mechanisms of perception, post graduate programs, Functionalization of semiconductors and The Brain in Action, LOEWE Center Synmikro, researcher groups and study focus and joint projects.

However, the opportunity is also provided to perform research in external research groups and possibly at companies, naturally in coordination with the department.


The Master's program in Physics prepares students for independent work as physicists in business, industry, scientific research institutes and public administration, as well as for a continuing doctorate program.

Experience has shown that the professional fields of a physicist are very broadly diversified and therefore frequently range far into related scientific and other disciplines.

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    Required university degreeCertification of degree:

    a) in a subject-relevant Bachelor program in the field of physics or

    b) a physics-related course of study

    with 180 credits or certification of a comparable domestic or foreign qualifying university diploma.

    A course of study is physics-related if at least 60 CP have been achieved in physical subjects, 30 CP of those in the field of modern physics.

    The examination board can make admission contingent on additional academic performances and/or examination performances of 30 CP at maximum being produced. In this case, the program can be extended accordingly.

    Applicants who have completed a different program than "Physics" in which at least 30 ECTS points were acquired in the subject of Physics must demonstrate fundamental knowledge of physics in an examination interview.
    Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admissionGerman skills:
    DSH 2

    Other language skills:
    Skills in the English language according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe" on level B2 are recommended
    Admission ModeDirect admission is granted with complete fulfillment of the admission requirements.
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    Please note that due to the current health situation related to the corona virus, all personal consultation hours are unfortunately cancelled until further notice.


    Technical questions about your application


    Content-related questions about the program

    General student advisement, Advisement for prospective students

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Schrimpf
    Renthof 7b, Room 00 003
    35032 Marburg
    Tel.: +49 64 21/28 21338

    Office hours:  Tue, 13:00 – 14:00 PM (Central European Time) and by arrangement

    Prof. Dr. Florian Gebhard
    Renthof 6, Room 3
    35032 Marburg
    Tel.: +49 6421/28 21318

    Office hours: by arrangement

    Formal questions about your application

    In case of formal questions about the application, please contact Master's Coordination with your application number (if available) at .

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