Physics (Master of Science)

Conditions of admission

PLEASE NOTE: The regulations for the Master in Physics are currently being revised: once the revised regulations will have come into effect (which will most likely happen in the summer term 2020), admission requires candidates to provide proof of proficiency in the German language according to DSH-2.

From this point on studying the Master in Physics completely in English is no longer possible.


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


Master of Science in Physics 


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. 069/798-47835

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Dörner
Raum 01.303 (1. OG)
Max-von-Laue-Str. 1
60438 Frankfurt
Tel. 069/798-47003

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

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

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in physics or a comparable degree
  • 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 if at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree have been completed and the Bachelor's dissertation has been finalised or is about to be submitted. The Bachelor's degree certificate has to be handed in no later than 6 months after admission.

Mode of admission

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

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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)
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download)
  • 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
  • APS certificate for applicants from Vietnam, China and Mongolia (original)
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