Master of Science in Physics

The research-oriented, two-years long Master’s course aims at the graduation as a physicist with an top qualification on an international level. It can also be studied within the double degree program with the University of Seville (Spain). Its main goal is the qualification to efficient, independent work at the forefront of physical research or technical innovation in industry. On the one hand, this requires in-depth specialization in various areas of interest, on the other hand the competence to solve highly complex problems in a strategic and practical manner has to be developed. After successful completion of the course of study the degree Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Physics is awarded.

The following graphic depicts the general structure of the study course:

Modules for the Master of Science in Physics


1 Elective Studies
in Physics
6–18 CP
Specialization I
14–18 CP
Specialization II
14–18 CP
12–15 (24) CP
3 Professional Specialization and Project Design
30 CP
4 Master’s Thesis
30 CP

Contents of the Modules

  • Physical Specialization I and II
    During the first year of study the students develop a personal competence profile. To this end, they select two areas of research of the department, in which they will acquire an in-depth knowledge. Possible choices are among the modules Functional Nanosystems, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Materials Physics, Nonlinear Physics, Photonics and Magnonics and Physics of Low-dimensional Solids.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    The specialization in various branches of physics is supplemented by a module on interdisciplinary studies. This can either be a physics-related module such as, e.g., Geophysics or Molecular Biophysics, or a module from a different subject such as mathematics, computer science, economics, business administration, philosophy or psychology. Students whose mother tongue is not German can choose the module German as a Foreign Language.
  • Elective Studies in Physics
    For the module Elective Studies in Physics individual courses offered by the department of physics can be combined according to the student’s personal interest.
  • Professional Specialization and Project Design and Master’s Thesis
    The crucial element in the professional training of a prospective physicist is the extensive research phase in the second year of study. It promotes independent scientific work. In this phase the scientific research is inseparably linked with the acquisition of key skills such as project management, team work and the presentation of scientific results.

More detailed module descriptions can be found in the Course Program of the MSc in Physics and in the appendix of the examination regulations of the Master’s course in physics (in German).

Application and Approval Procedure

Applicants with a Bachelor of Science in Physics or a similar degree in physics or in a study course with a high share of experimental and theoretical physics with a grade of at least Satisfactory (“Befriedigend” in the German system) can be admitted to the Master’s course. In case of incomplete equivalence with the BSc course in Physics at the University of Münster, the approval can be granted under the condition to complete additional studies to comply with the requirements.

The application for admission to the Master’s Course of Physics has to be submitted online to the Student Admissions Office of the University of Münster. For applicants from Germany and the EU/EEA the deadline is 15 September for the winter semester and 15 March for the summer semester. For applicants from Non-EU/Non-EEA countries the deadlines are 30 November for the summer semester in the following year and the 31 May for the winter semester.

Online Application for the MSc program

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