Faculty of Physics and AstronomyPhysics – Master (fast track)

Physics is an elemental branch of the natural sciences that focuses on the structure of matter and the fundamental interactions between the components of the observable universe. On a scale ranging from macroscopic to submicroscopic, it examines all aspects of the universe, with the primary objective of formulating a small number of general principles that can explain all physical phenomena. Its laws are typically expressed in the language of mathematics.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Science
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study2 semesters
Language(s) of instructionEnglish or German (according to individual student's choice)
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction, Physics Fast Track
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Can be completed entirely in EnglishYes

Course Content

This one-year, research-oriented Master of Science in Physics (Fast Track) degree programme is intended for students who have already successfully completed a four-year Physics degree programme. During the course of their studies, students will gain extended in-depth knowledge and, as part of their ongoing development, will learn the methodology needed to approach the systematic and critical scientific investigation of scientific inquiries within their own sub-disciplines of physics as well as  in neighbouring discipines of their choice. The final Master’s examination serves to determine whether the student has understood the interrelationships between the various areas of Physics, has gained the ability to apply scholarly methods and knowledge, and has obtained the fundamental scientific knowledge required to either be admitted to a doctoral programme or to enter a profession.

Course Structure

The Master of Science in Physics (Fast Track) degree programme is designed purely as a research phase, which will follow completion of a four-year basic Physics degree programme (comprising 240 credits). It provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform independent scientific research and develop new scientific concepts. The research phase consists of two compulsory modules: “Specialisation Phase” and “Methods and Project Planning”. These run for a total of three months and serve as an introduction to the topic for the Master’s thesis. During this introductory period, students may attend additional advanced lectures, continue their independent study, or participate in research projects conducted by a pertinent research group. The determination as to which of these activities will be pursued is individualised and will be agreed upon in consultation with the supervising lecturer/ professor. In particular, the “Methods and Project Planning” module is intended to provide the knowledge needed for conducting the planning required to carry out research in the proposed field. The actual research conducted during the course of this year will culminate in the writing of the Master’s thesis, in which the research finding will be documented.