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Physics International

Consecutive Master's Programme (M.Sc.) in English language

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Study Programme

Target degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Standard lenghts of programme: 4 Semester
Teaching language: English
Start of study: for the summer and winter semester


Restricted Admission: restricted admission        
Aptitude Assessment: Suitability Procedure        

Studying in Würzburg

Programme Content

Physics International can be studied in Würzburg as an consecutive Master's programme. The programme is offered entirely in English and is aimed at both international and German students.

With a focus on basic research, students receive a broad-based scientific education that includes experimental physics, practical courses, theoretical physics, mathematics and an individual specialisation.

The "Master of Science" programme prepares students for scientific activities in the field of physics and the "Master of Science" degree also prepares students for a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.).

Learning Objectives

The aim of the programme is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the mathematical and theoretical foundations of physics and interdisciplinary contexts as well as sound knowledge of the theoretical and experimental methods for gaining new insights, including the necessary ability to abstract, analytical thinking, a high level of problem-solving skills and the ability to structure complex contexts, so that they can work successfully as a responsible physicist in interdisciplinary and international teams of (natural) scientists and/or engineers in research, industry and business.




Study Structure and Organisation

Module Groups Abbreviation ECTS-Points
Electives Field 60
Subfield Physics mind. 55
Advanced Laboratory Course mind. 9
Advanced Laboratory Course Master Part 1 11-P-FM1-Int 3
Advanced Laboratory Course Master Part 2 11-P-FM2-Int 3
Advanced Laboratory Course Master Part 3 11-P-FM3-Int 3
Advanced Laboratory Course Master Part 4 11-P-FM4-Int 3
Advanced Seminar mind. 5
Advanced Seminar Physics A 11-OSP-A-Int 5
Advanced Seminar Physics B 11-OSP-B-Int 5
Experimental Physics mind. 10
Image and Signal Processing in Physics 11-BSV-Int 6
Organic Semiconductors 11-OHL-Int 6
Physics of Advanced Materials 11-PMM-Int 6
Spintronics 11-SPI-Int 6
Solid State Physics 2 11-FK2-Int 8
Solid State Spectrocopy 11-FKS-Int 6
Magnetism 11-MAG-Int 6
Optical Properties of Semiconductor Nanostructures 11-HNS-Int 6
Semiconductor Physics 11-HPH-Int 6
Quantum Transport 11-QTR-Int 6
Nano-Optics 11-NOP-Int 6
Phenomenology and Theory of Superconductivity 11-PTS-Int 6
Ultrafast spectroscopy and quantumcontrol 08-PCM4 5
Advanced Topics in Solid State Physics 11-CSFM-Int 6
Methods of Observational Astronomy 11-ASM-Int 6
Experimental Particle Physics 11-TPE-Int 6
Introduction to Space Physics 11-ASP-Int 6
Multi-wavelength Astronomy 11-MAS-Int 6
Advanced Topics in Astrophysics 11-CSAM-Int 6
Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging 11-MRI-Int 6
For further modules, please refer to the relevant degree Subject Description (SFB)    
Theoretical Physics   mind. 10
Quantum Mechanics II 11-QM2-Int 8
Theoretical Quantum Optics 11-TQO-Int 8
Theory of Relativity 11-RTT-Int 6
Renormalization Group Methods in Field Theory 11-RMFT-Int 8
Physics of Complex Systems 11-PKS-Int 6
Advanced Theory of Quantum Computing and Quantum Information 11-QIC-Int 6
Theoretical Solid State Physics 11-TFK-Int 8
Theoretical Solid State Physics 2 11-TFK2-Int 8
Topological Effects in Solid State Physics 11-TEFK-Int 8
Field Theory in Solid State Physics 11-FFK-Int 8
Selected Topics of Theoretical Solid State Physics 11-AKTF-Int 6
Computational Materials Science (DFT) 11-CMS-Int 8
Conformal Field Theory 11-KFT-Int 6
Conformal Field Theory 2 11-KFT2-Int 6
Group Theory 11-GRTM-Int 6
Renormalization Group and Critical Phenomena 11-CRP-Int 6
Bosonisation and Interactions in One Dimension 11-BWW-Int 6
Introduction to Gauge/Gravity Duality 11-GGD-Int 8
Cosmology 11-AKM-Int 6
Theoretical Astrophysics 11-AST-Int 6
Introduction to Plasma Physics 11-EPP-Int 6
High-Energy Astrophysics 11-APL-Int 6
Computational Astrophysics 11-NMA-Int 6
Quantum Field Theory I 11-QFT1-Int 8
Quantum Field Theory II 11-QFT2-Int 8
Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics 11-TEP-Int 8
Particle Physics (Standard Model) 11-TPSM-Int 8
For further modules, please refer to the relevant degree Subject Description (SFB)    
Subfield Non-physics minor subject   max. 5
Applied Analysis 10-M=AAANin 10
Differential Geometry 10-M=ADGMin 10
Lie Theory 10-M=ALTHin 10
Topology 10-M=ATOPin 10
Geometrical Mechanics 10-M=VGEMin 10
Pseudo Riemannian and Riemannian Geometry 10-M=V-PRGin 10
Databases 10-I=DB 5
Analysis and Design of Programs 10-I=PA 5
Computer Architecture 10-I-RAK 5
Advanced Programming 10-I-APR 5
Sensor and Actor Materials – Functional Ceramics and Magnetic Particles 08-FU-SAM 5
Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion 08-FU-EEW 5
For further modules, please refer to the relevant degree Subject Description (SFB)    

Modules Abbreviation ECTS-Points
Professional Specialization Physics International 11-FS-P-Int 15
Scientific Methods and Project Management Physics International 11-MP-P-Int 15
Master Thesis Physics International 11-MA-P-Int 30

The final section consists of the modules "Professional Specialisation in Physics International" and "Scientific Methods and Project Management Physics International" as well as the Master's thesis. The final year lasts one year and is usually completed in the 3rd and 4th semesters. The Master's thesis must be completed in 6 months. The modules "Professional Specialization" and "Scientific Methods and Project Management" are aligned with the Master's thesis in terms of content and should be successfully completed before the start of the Master's thesis.

Programme Progression Plans and Variants

The course of study shown (Download as pdf) is a recommendation resulting from the logical sequence of module topics.

You are free to organise your studies according to your own wishes, bring certain modules forward or take them later, e.g. after a semester abroad.


Main Research Areas

As part of the Master's degree programme, you can specialise in the research focus areas listed below and take the corresponding modules.

Further Information