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M. Sc. Physics

The two-year physics master’s degree is internationally oriented and offers special training at an international level in selected fields of physics. We only teach topics in which we are specialists: You can look forward to absolute experts as lecturers in every class. The language of instruction is English.

The two-year "Master of Science in Physics" course at Heinrich Heine University, with English as the language of instruction, aims to ensure that you benefit from our very special strengths:

  • The physics master’s course is internationally oriented.
  • The lecture language is usually English.
  • We expect a broad basic knowledge of physics (both in experimental and theoretical physics) and mathematics as well as initial experience in the laboratory and with scientific work.
  • We offer special training at an international level in selected fields of physics.
  • We only teach topics in which we are specialists: You can look forward to absolute experts as lecturers in every event.
  • Design your studies individually with a wide range of options.
  • Second year students are fully involved in current research in a working group.

In addition to the technical content, you will acquire many other skills with us, e.g .:

  • Presentation of own and current scientific work.
  • Modern and proven techniques for obtaining information, literature and data.
  • Teamwork: In the second year you will be fully integrated into one of our scientific working groups.
  • Independent work: We expect that you work on your final project (under supervision) creatively and independently.

The curriculum is a non-binding proposal for organizing your studies. The material and the learning objectives are divided into thematically closed units (modules), some of which build on one another in terms of content. There are no mandatory modules in the physics master’s course.

One hour per week in the semester corresponds to a 45-minute event by lecturers per week during the lecture period (approx. 15 weeks per semester). One credit point corresponds to a student's total workload of 30 hours (averaged empirical values). An average of 30 credit points are planned per semester. As a rule, each module ends with an examination. The grade is weighted with the credit points of the module and is included in the overall grade of the master's degree.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in physics or a closely related subject. The application can also be made if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed, but it is very likely that it will be completed before the planned start of the Master's degree and this can be proven by appropriate evidence.

Sound knowledge in the following areas of physics:

  • mechanics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Quantum Mechanics / Atomic Physics
  • Thermodynamics / Statistical Mechanics

(Proof of successful participation in courses with the corresponding content)

Basic knowledge of at least one of the following areas of physics:

  • optics
  • Nuclear / elementary particle physics
  • Solid state physics

(Proof of successful participation in courses with the corresponding content)

In-depth knowledge of the mathematical methods used in physics. These include in particular:

  • Vector analysis
  • Complex analysis
  • Differential equations
  • Linear Algebra

(Proof of successful participation in courses with the corresponding content)

Ability to conduct physical experiments

  • Proof of successful participation in physical internships or technical internships with physical content

Practical experience in scientific work

  • Proof of successful completion of a bachelor thesis or a comparable thesis

Good language skills in English

  • Mother tongue or suitable evidence (e.g. TOEFL-ibt result: 80, IELTS result 6.0)
  • Domestic university entrance qualification replaces proof

If you are currently studying physics as a bachelor and will complete your bachelor's degree this semester, then re-register for your degree at the SSC as usual. As soon as you have received the preliminary examination certificate, you can submit an application to the SSC to change your degree program. If you have completed your bachelor's degree with an average grade of 2.5 or better, you will be enrolled for the master’s degree after processing the application and can study as usual.

Early admission to the Master in Physics

If your bachelor's degree is already in the final phase, then you can also be admitted to the master's early stage. This requires a corresponding certificate from ahead. If you do not complete your bachelor’s degree in the first semester of the master’s, you cannot re-register for the following semester, but have to complete the bachelor’s first.

1. Application deadline:

  • March 15 (for the summer semester)
  • September 15 (for the winter semester)
  • June 15 (for early admission to the winter semester)
  • An early application is expressly desired. Applicants for the winter semester who need a visa to study in Germany should in any case apply before June 15.

2. Verification of whether admission to the aptitude test is possible and notification of this to the applicant (no later than 6 weeks after receipt of the application or directly after the application deadline).

3. Implementation of the aptitude assessment procedure (3 to 4 times a year).

4. Notification to the applicant (s) and the student secretariat.

5. Enrollment with the student and examination administration student secretariat

Applications to the Master's program in physics are submitted online via the application portal of the HHU Düsseldorf.

Required Documents:

  • Bachelor's degree certificate or evidence showing that the degree will most likely take place before the desired admission to the master’s program.
  • Proof of sufficient language skills in English.
  • Other evidence showing suitability for the master’s degree in physics (e.g. own publications, GRE test results, letters of recommendation) can be attached to the application.

The examination board is acc. § 4 of the Master's examination regulations is responsible for the organization of the tasks resulting from the examination regulations.

It usually meets once a year. Its members are acc. Section 4 (2) was chosen.

The examination board includes:



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