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Study - Modules, Courses, Credits

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

No. We don't provide a fixed schedule. We just recommend you a specific schedule for your studies.

You are free to design your schedule according to your interests and professional goals. For example, if you want to specialize in biophysics you may choose more electives in biophysical topics. The description of all modules can be found in the study regulations.

Any problems with designing an individual study schedule? Please contact our student advisor – he will explain to you how to set up a good study plan.

No. Usually, you will experience mixed students' communities in lectures and seminars.

Since all students have their individual schedules you will often meet new students you are not familiar with. Take the chance to make friends with different physics talents. Because this is exactly how scientific communities work - they benefit from networking and cooperation with different people.

The module is a set of courses on a specific topic. To complete a module and get your module credits you should accomplish different courses belonging to the module.

For lectures types of modules, you typically need both the lecture and the accompanying seminar.

For seminar types of modules, you typically need only one of the listed courses to complete the module.

But take care - there are some exceptions. Please check the module descriptions in the examination regulation or ask the student counselling for help.

For the required components of the Master program, please see the Program Structure

You can find the credit points information in the Description of the Modules. Search for abbreviation CP.

You can look up the credit points (CP) in the desciption of the modules

You can look up the credit points (CP) in the desciption of the modules

Some examples

  • The compulsory-elective courses give 10 credits each.
  • The Advanced Lab gives 10 credits.
  • Special Topics and the most smaller seminars give 5 credits each.
  • Modern Methods is categorized into A, B, C and is giving 5, 8 and 10 credits respectively.

In the course catalog, you will see the same courses (same course ID) as components of different modules. It is not a technical error. You have to complete different courses in different modules. Thus, we provide you the maximum freedom for a personal choice.

Please note: you might not validate one course for two or three modules.

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Same courses in different modules - Click on the graph for higher resolution

Same courses in different modules - Click on the graph for higher resolution

Example (explanation to the graphic above)

If you have chosen 20103911 “Current topics in nanophysics” in the module “Selected Topics in Physics 2”, you may not take it again for the module “Selected Topics in Physics 3”. You rather take the 20108111 “Molecular Electronics” or other.

Selected Topics

The compulsory module "Selected Topics 1" is not graded.

Selected Topics 2 to 5 can be taken as part of your electives. They are graded.

Yes, but only with the permission of the examination committee. The following courses are pre-approved: elective modules

Please note that courses in other departments and in the bachelor program will usually be taught in German and that you cannot take more than 15 credits in Bachelor courses in total.