Why studying physics at the Masters degree ?
The M.Sc. Physics degree program completes at a more comprehensive level the study of physics after receiving the degree of a Bachelor of Science in Physics. The Master degree program imparts advanced scientific knowledge in physics with particular first specializations and a final one-year Master Thesis, which proves the ability of independent scientific work, building upon the basic principles of physics taught during the Bachelor program. For any kind of research career related to physics, receiving the degree as Master of Science in Physics, which is equivalent to the previous qualification as “Diplomphysiker”, is advisable. The Bachelor/Master structure of university degrees is still young in Germany, but first experiences show that the typical professional areas for university degree holders in physics – software or technical industry, consulting and financial management, etc. – appreciate higher qualification. Moreover, after receiving the Bachelor degree, passing the Masters program is also the next natural step towards a PhD study, which in turn is a prerequisite for leading positions in economy or industry, or for a later university career.
The Masters program at the University of Freiburg
At the Albert-Ludwigs-University
Freiburg the Master program in physics builds on three core areas in physics: “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. Apart from solid physics education, studying physics at Freiburg offers access to fundamental research as well.
The Masters degree program in Freiburg is held in English, with only very few exceptional lectures in German, and addresses German as well as international students with the degree of a Bachelor in Physics (or an equivalent degree in related sciences). The program runs over four semesters, i.e. two years, including a final one-year thesis, which can be accomplished either at the Physics Institute of the University directly or at associated research institutes – the Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), and the Freiburg Center for Data Analysis and Modeling (FDM).
Prérequis & Admission
Mit besonderen Zugangsvoraussetzungen. Die Zugangsvoraussetzungen ergeben sich aus der Zulassungsordnung (siehe dazu unten die Box "Satzungen"). Nähere Informationen erhalten Sie auch bei der Fachstudienberatung.