In the English-language master’s course International Physics Studies Program (IPSP) that is focussed on research, you will acquire in-depth specialised training in modern areas of experimental or theoretical physics. In physics elective courses you can specialise in a topical area of modern physics. The programme is research-oriented, and you complete the programme with an independent research thesis, the 23-week master’s thesis.

At a glance

  • Field of study

    natural and earth science
  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Master of Science
  • Language of instruction

  • Full/part-time

    full-time, part-time
  • Course start

    winter semester, summer semester
  • Admission restriction

    without admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    Two semesters

  • ECTS credits



  • A completed bachelor’s degree in physics with a total of 240 ECTS credit points.
  • If the applicant has successfully completed a degree programme in a subject other than physics, the admission commission of the faculty decides on admission to the master's course International Physics Studies Program (IPSP). Admission is possible if the previous degree is related or similar in content to the Physics degree programme.
  • Sound knowledge in experimental physics in the subject areas “Solid State Physics” and “Soft Matter Physics” as well as in theoretical physics in the subject areas “Quantum Mechanics” and “Statistical Physics” with a minimum of five credit points each.
  • Knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or equivalent).

The faculty will check whether the above requirements have been met and then issue an official notification. This serves as proof that the candidate meets the relevant admission requirements.



The Master’s course International Physics Studies Program aims to convey comprehensive, advanced knowledge in the primary disciplines of physics with an in-depth education in sub-disciplines of physics research. You will learn to work independently and scientifically on problems from current physics research using interdisciplinary approaches while keeping in mind the responsibilities of science. You will also learn to present your results in a logical way.

In the programme, you can choose to specialise in one of the topics of experimental physics such as soft-matter or solid-state physics, in theoretical and mathematical physics or in applied physics. To this end, the Peter-Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics, the Felix-Bloch-Institute for Solid State Physics, the Institute of Theoretical Physics as well as the external Leibniz-Institute of Surface Modification offer a wide variety of modules and research topics.

Das Masterstudium IPSP hat einen Umfang von 60 Leistungspunkten (LP) und ist in zwei Phasen gegliedert: die Vertiefungsphase sowie die Forschungsphase.

In der fachlichen Vertiefungsphase entfallen 15 LP auf die vertiefende Spezialisierung im physikalischen Wahlpflichtbereich.

Die 45 LP umfassende Forschungsphase beinhaltet das Forschungspraktikum im Umfang von 15 LP zur der Aufbereitung eines Forschungsfeldes und die darauf aufbauende Masterarbeit und deren Verteidigung im Umfang von 30 LP.

Traditional operational areas of physicists are:

  • microelectronics,
  • construction of scientific and medical devices,
  • precision mechanics,
  • engineering,
  • optics,
  • chemical industry,
  • informatics and communication technology.

Due to their analytical research skills and ability to develop problem-solving strategies, physicists often find employment outside of these traditional career fields.

With this academic degree you can apply to begin doctoral studies.


Course start: winter semester and summer semester
Admission restriction (NCU): no
Application period: 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb

Please ensure that you read and take note of the further information provided on the pages “Online application” and “Applying for a master’s programme”.

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply on the page “International”.

Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester – without restrictions on admission
Application period: 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: Credits form (Anrechnungsbescheid)

You can find more information on our page for “Applying for higher semesters of study”.

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply on the page “International”.


Compulsory curriculum in English

Lecturer stands in front of students in the lecture theatre and prepares equipment
View of an experiment with different devices. In the background, the lecturer points to the full blackboard
Lecturer standing bent over an experimental setup
Student looking into a microscope
Student working in a room filled with a device
A male and a female student doing a physics internship
Student sits in front of an experimental setup and types something into her calculator
Student holding something in his hand and working on an experimental setup
Aerial view of the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences