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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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Academic calendar:

Winter and Summer Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

An application is not possible any more

Higher semesters:

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Application period: First semester: An application is not possible any more
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Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

"Why earn a master’s degree in physics?
Open to students who have completed a bachelor of science in physics, the M.Sc. program in Physics builds upon the basic grounding in the field students receive as undergraduates. It includes training in advanced topics in physics and selected areas of specialization. The last year of the program is devoted to the completion of a master’s thesis, with which students provide evidence of their ability to conduct independent research. Earning a master of science, equivalent to the previous “Diplom” degree, is advisable for anyone who wishes to pursue a research career related to physics. The bachelor/master structure is still young in Germany, but initial experiences show that the typical professional areas for university degree holders in physics – the software or technical industry, consulting and financial management, etc. – appreciate graduate-level qualifications. Moreover, for graduates of the bachelor’s program it is the next natural step toward a PhD, which in turn is a prerequisite for leading positions in business or industry or for a university career.

The Master’s Program at the University of Freiburg The master’s program in Physics at the University of Freiburg focuses on three core areas: “condensed/soft matter,” “atomic, molecular, and optical physics,” and “particles and fields.” These areas cover both theoretical and experimental aspects of problems, ranging from the fundamental constituents and interactions of matter to complex atomic and molecular systems, with applications that vary from pure physics to biology, chemistry, medical science, and engineering. Besides providing an education in solid physics, the program also offers access to fundamental research.
The master’s degree program in Freiburg is held in English, with only very few lectures being conducted in German, and is intended for German as well as international students with a bachelor’s degree in physics (or an equivalent degree in a related science). The program runs over four semesters, i.e., two years, and concludes with a final one-year thesis, which can be written either directly at the Institute of Physics or at one of the research institutes associated with the university – the Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), or the Freiburg Center for Data Analysis and Modeling (FDM).

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Academic Advising B.Sc. and M.Sc.
Dr. Markus Walther
Physikalisches Institut
Westbau Physik, Zimmer 01-024
Hermann-Herder-Str. 3a
79104 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-5721
Sprechstunde: Mo, Do 10:30 -12:00 und n.V.

Examination Office

B. Seger
Physikalisches Institut
Westbau Physik, Zimmer 01-023
Hermann-Herder-Str. 3a
79104 Freiburg
Tel.: 0761/ 203-5789 (keine telefonische Beratung oder Auskunft möglich!)
Sprechstunde: Mo, Fr 8-12 und Mi 13-16
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