Physik (Master of Science)

Conditions of admission


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


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
    sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance
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. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.

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)
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Application period

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