MSc Physics International


Program Description

Objectives of the master's program and purpose of the examination

As a consecutive degree from the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at the Julius Maximilians University in Würzburg, the Master’s degree in Physics International is offered with the professional qualification Master of Science. The course is basically designed in English. The majority of the modules are therefore offered in English. The Master of Science degree prepares students for scientific activities in the field of physics and for a doctorate in Dr. rer. nat. in front.

The aim of the training is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of scientific work in the research and application of physics and its basic content. Through the training and education of analytical thinking, the student should acquire the ability to later familiarize himself with the diverse areas of work that have been entrusted to him, and in particular to independently apply the basic knowledge already acquired from the bachelor's degree in a consecutive bachelor's master's degree program and to apply it to new ones Assign tasks.

The master's thesis is intended to show the students that they can work independently on an experimental or theoretical task that is limited in terms of subject and time, using known methods and scientific criteria. The examination enables students to acquire an internationally comparable degree in the field of physics and, as part of a consecutive Bachelor and Master study program, represents the professional qualification to prepare for work in research and development.

Awarded an academic master's degree

The academic degree of a Master of Science (abbreviated M. Sc.) Is awarded on the basis of the passed examination. The Master of Science degree is equivalent to the degree in physics (university); this is attested to by the students in the Diploma Supplement.

Admission requirements for the course

Prerequisite is proof of a degree in a bachelor's degree (180 ECTS points) at the JMU or at another domestic or foreign university or an equivalent domestic or foreign degree (e.g. state examination) and the skills listed below. The examination board for the Master's degree in Physics International decides on the equivalence of the Bachelor's degrees.

Applicants must demonstrate English language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GER). Applicants and candidates who have not obtained at a German institution their HZB or the relevant first degree is recommended during the first academic year sufficient basic knowledge of the German language (eg level A2 to acquire the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Proof German language skills are not required for admission to the Masters course in Physics International.

Immediate access to the master’s degree is provided if a bachelor’s degree in physics (acquisition of 180 ECTS points) or a comparable degree or an equivalent domestic or foreign degree (eg state examination) is demonstrated, as well as the above-mentioned skills

Preliminary admission can be granted if at least 150 ECTS points in the Bachelor's degree and the above-mentioned skills are proven. In this case, proof of the bachelor's degree is required at the latest by the end of the re-registration period for the third master semester.

Application deadlines

Application for admission to the master's program must be submitted in good time and form to the Julius Maximilians University in Würzburg for the desired summer or winter semester. If you do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur, subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or similar) and do not yet have a first degree from a German university, please apply via the International Office .

The following documents must be enclosed with the application:

  1. Proof of a university degree or equivalent qualification or proof of at least 150 ECTS points or achievements to a corresponding extent in subjects not modularized in the sense of ECTS
  2. Study and examination achievements (Transcript of Records)
  3. In the case of a provisional (application for a resolutely conditional application), a list of the study and examination achievements not yet completed must be added

Course content and curriculum of the course

The master's program is divided into the following areas:

Elective Field (60 credits)

1. Subfield Physics (minimum 55 credits):

  • Advanced Laboratory Course Master (minimum 9 credits)
  • Advanced seminar (minimum 5 credits)
  • Experimental Physics (minimum 10 credits)
  • Theoretical Physics (minimum 10 credits)

2. Subfield Non-Physical Minors (0-5 credits)

Master Project Modules (60 credits):

  • Professional Specialization Physics International (15 credits)
  • Scientific Methods and Project Management Physics International (15 credits)
  • Master Thesis Physics International (30 credits)

In each area, the minimum ECTS score given in brackets for a successful completion of the master's degree must be achieved. In the elective sub-area "Specialization in physics", modules with graded examinations to the extent of at least 40 ECTS points must have been successfully completed. There is no minimum number of ECTS points in the compulsory sub-section "Non-Physical Minors". In total, at least 120 ECTS points are earned.

The assignment of the individual modules to the different areas results from the study subject description (SFB).

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU), founded in 1402, is one of the universities in the German-speaking world that have a long and rich tradition. Numerous famous scholars and scientists ... Read More

The Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU), founded in 1402, is one of the universities in the German-speaking world that have a long and rich tradition. Numerous famous scholars and scientists have made their mark here, such as Carl Siebold, Rudolf Virchow, and Franz Brentano. So far, 14 Nobel laureates have conducted their research here, including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who discovered X-rays at Würzburg. In 1985, the physicist Klaus von Klitzing received this distinction for his discovery of the quantum Hall effect. Harald zur Hausen was given the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for discovering that viruses trigger cervical cancer. More than 28,000 students, including some 2,300 young people from abroad, are registered with ten faculties. These can be divided into four main areas: Humanities, Law and Economics, Life Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Technology. The university and its hospital provide employment for 10,000 people. Around 3,000 are on the academic staff, more than 400 as professors. Read less
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