Physics (Master of Science)

Overview
Conditions of admission
Applications


Overview

Course content and focus areas 

Physics is the science of the structure, characteristics, conditions and motion of matter and energy, as well as the underlying interactions and forces and the resulting dimensions. As such, it is the material basis of all natural sciences and all technical disciplines. It is a science that is based on activity, as it requires experimental and theoretical implementation, utilisation and further development of its content and methods.
It is also a quantitative science, as the aim of physics is the quantitatively reproducible description of processes in nature and the production of quantitative correlations between different phenomena and classes of phenomena. In order to achieve these targets, physics relies to a large extent on mathematical methods.

The wide range of tasks means that physics students must learn to be able to become acquainted with very different special subjects quickly in professional life, even if it was not part of their study programme. This skill relies on a profound understanding and clear command of the widest range of basic scientific information and methods possible, and this is the main focus of the study programme.
Students are only able to specialise in one subject and proceed in this subject up to the current limits of knowledge if they understand the basics of the discipline. This specialisation is achieved to a certain extent in the Bachelor’s programme by students selecting optional compulsory modules from different fields of physics, and via the Bachelor’s thesis that represents a separate introduction into the practical work in one of the research areas of the department.
The student’s own specialisation takes place at the beginning of the Master’s programme and culminates in the Master’s thesis in which students carry out independent work on a recent scientific problem. For this reason, the Master’s thesis represents a unique examination that is indispensable in the education of physicists. 

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations

Degree

Master of Science in Physics 

Duration

The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters. 

Languages of instruction

German or English

The Master's programme can be studied in German or English language.
The Department makes sure that sufficient courses are offered in English language, so that the required CP can be purchased by students without sufficient German language skills.
But please note that the offered English language courses may be limited. Please contact the student advisory service in advance for respectively information and advise.
Even if you study the programme in English language, basic knowledge of German language is highly recommended.

Start of the programme

The programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. 

Student advisory service

Major "Physik"
JProf. Dr. Marc Wagner
Raum 02.103 (2. OG)
Max-von-Laue-Str. 1
60438 Frankfurt
Tel. 069/798-47873
mwagner@th.physik.uni-frankfurt.de

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Dörner
Raum 01.303 (1. OG)
Max-von-Laue-Str. 1
60438 Frankfurt
Tel. 069/798-47003
doerner@atom.uni-frankfurt.de


Major "Physik mit Schwerpunkt Informationstechnologie"
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Roskos
Raum _0.220 (UG)
Max-von-Laue-Str. 1
60438 Frankfurt
Tel. 069/798-47214
Roskos@Physik.uni-frankfurt.de


Major "Physik mit Schwerpunkt Computational Physics"
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Engel
Raum 01.122 (1. OG)
Max-von-Laue-Str. 1
60438 Frankfurt
Tel. 069/798-47351
engel@th.physik.uni-frankfurt.de


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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in physics or a comparable degree
  • entry examination set by examination board
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove
    either sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance
    or English language skills proven by:
    TOEFL score at least 80 (ibt), 213 (cbt) or 550 (pbt)
    IELTS score at least 6.5
Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records. The Bachelor’s thesis must be either completed or about to be completed, and a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor must be submitted.

Mode of admission

Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.


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Scholarship

Goethe Goes Global Goethe University offers scholarships for this Master programme. Eligible for application are candidates from all over the world who have obtained a degree from a university outside Germany. For details please click here.


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Scholarship

Goethe Goes Global Goethe University offers scholarships for this Master programme. Eligible for application are candidates from all over the world who have obtained a degree from a university outside Germany. For details please click here.


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Applications


Documents to be submitted
  • If you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • If the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    letter of recommendation from your supervisor (Download here)
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download here)
  • If the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    either a certificate of German language skills (see here for more information about the required skills)
    or proof of English language skills
  • you may need to submit other documents depending on your country of origin and your previous education; please see the general information about applying for a Master’s degree.
Deadline for applications

01.06. - 31.08. for the winter semester
01.12. - 28.02. for the summer semester

Address for applications  On-line application portal for Master's study programmes