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Research Phase

All details of the Master's program are fixed in the Study and Exam Regulations.

Yes. You must register for the research phase. Please fill this form and send it to the exam office to Dmitrij Heinz via dmitrij.heinz@fu-berlin.de.

Note: Before registering for the research phase, you must have completed the module “Advanced Laboratory Course for Master Students” (10 CP), a module of theoretical physics from the compulsory elective area comprising 10 CP and further modules of the Master’s program comprising at least 25 CP.

The registration to the research phase allows you to enter the modules „Scientific Specialization“ and „Methodology and Project Planning“ (no further registration via Campus Management, Blackboard or any other system is needed).

You need to have completed the module “Advanced Laboratory Course for Master Students” (10 CP),  a module of theoretical physics from the compulsory elective area comprising 10 CP and further modules of the Master’s programme comprising at least 25 CP.

First semester of the research phase

typically, it is the 3rd semester of the Master’s program

You complete two modules – „Scientific Specialization“ (15 CP) and „Methodology and Project Planning“ (15 CP)*. For both modules, you have to prove that you have learned to work scientifically:

  • For „Methodology and Project Planning“, you submit 20 first pages of your master thesis to your supervisor. For this, you will get a “passed” mark.
  • Within „Scientific Specialization“, you give a 30 min presentation and have a 30 min discussion on the topic of the master’s thesis. For the presentation, you will get a grade.

Both results make up your midterm exam. This exam allows you to continue with the master thesis.

*Please note that you don’t need to register for the modules „Scientific Specialization“ and „Methodology and Project Planning“.

Second semester of the research phase

typically, it is the 4th semester of the Master’s program

You complete the Master’s thesis and hold a final colloquium.