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Program Structure

To complete the Master's program, a student must collect 120 credit points (CPs). We suggest taking about 30 CPs each semester.

Graduates extend their knowledge of modern physics.

Compulsory - 15 CP

  • Advanced Laboratory Course for Master Students
  • Seminar "Selected Topics in Physics"

Compulsory-elective - 20 CP

Students have to complete two modules, at least one of them in theoretical physics.

Modules to choose in theoretical physics

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Statistical Physics
  • Quantum Field Theory and Many-Body Physics

Modules to choose in experimental physics

  • Advanced Solid State Physics
  • Advanced Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Advanced Biophysics

Elective - 25 CP

Students choose modules according to their personal interests. Modules from non-physical subjects can also be taken. e.g. German language, Computational Methods. These serve to promote interdisciplinary competence and additional vocational qualifications.

In the second year of the Master program, students have to find a research group and to do an independent research project within that group.


During the research phase, a student is automatically subscribed to the following modules:

  • Modul Scientific Specialization - 15 CP
  • Modul Methodology and Project Planning - 15 CP
  • Master’s thesis with its accompanying seminar - 30 CP

The Master’s course would typically follow the following schedule. Students are free to design their schedule individually. 

Typical Schedule

Typical Schedule

For more details on the structure of the Master's program please see Study Regulations.

As a master's student of physics, you can gain a master's double degree from the Freie Universität Berlin and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris.