Master in Physics

  • Degree - Master of Science (M. Sc.)
  • Research-oriented
  • Following on the Bachelor
  • Provides entry into doctoral programmes
  • Duration - 4 semesters
  • Language - English
  • Beginning - winter and summer semester
  • No tuition fees

Students acquire specialized knowledge in diverse fields of physics, deepen their understanding of scientific methods and strengthen their expertise in theoretical and experimental physics.

Excellent research community

  • As a Master student, you will actively be part of the cutting-edge research at the FU Berlin.
  • You will receive individual support from instructors and professors.
  • You may benefit from our well-equipped laboratories and international networks.


  • Bachelor of Science in Physics or equivalent non-German degree in Physics at university level
  • Language proficiency at or above level B1


Master Program — Free the Scientist Inside of You

If you admire the complexity of things and strive for new cognitive challenges every day, then you will fit right into our community. Our students and graduates are personalities with curiosity in their blood and the perpetual question “Why?” in their minds.

Program Goals

The English-only coursework prepares students for careers in international teams and interdisciplinary projects in research and development.

What expertise do the graduates acquire?

Our Master students acquire universally valuable skills such as understanding of complex structures, analytical proficiency, and reasoning. They learn to manage problems in a wide variety of fields of natural science and technology and become flexible and highly desired professionals on the job market.

Program Structure

120 credit points (CP), approx. 30 points each semester

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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. These serve to promote interdisciplinary competence and additional vocational qualifications.

Further Details on Modules

For detailed desciption and valuation of the modules please see Modules Description.

In the second year of Master program, students join one of the research groups in our department and learn to work independently in a specialised field of physics. The students choose an independent research topic and present the results of their work in the Master's thesis.

During the entire research phase, every student is assigned to a professor in the department, his or her research advisor.


  • 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.


Doing a Master's in Physics at the FU Berlin was an interesting yet challenging experience.
The course sizes were generally small, and I appreciated the interactions with the instructors and fellow students very much.

What I liked most was the work in a research group as part of my Master's project. Doing "real" physics and applying all that I had learned in the laboratory was very fulfilling.

Alexander Goschew, PhD in Physics

How to apply

The next application period is 01.12.2019 - 15.01.2020

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