Physics (Master of Science)

The two-year Master's Programme in Physics at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf is a newly designed programme which is specially tailored to let you take advantage from our particular strengths.

  • The programme is internationally oriented.
  • The language of instruction in most of the lectures is English.
  • Applicants are expected to possess a profound knowledge in the basic areas of physics (both experimental an theoretical physics), knowledge of the mathematical methods as well as some laboratory practice and first experience in scientific work (see requirements).
  • Prospective students are invited to apply for admission and will be selected in an application procedure.
  • The courses cover selected modern topics of physics taught at an international level.
  • We teach only topics we are specialists in: expect each teacher to be an absolute expert in the field he/she teaches.
  • We offer you the freedom to organise your studies in terms of topics, language and elective supplements.
  • In the second year, students in the master programme are directly involved in current research at an internationally competitive level.

Besides studying the technical contents of the courses, you will acquire various soft skills, e.g.

  • Presentation and discussion of current scientific topics and works.
  • Modern techniques for tracking information, literature, and data.
  • Working in teams: in their second year, students are integrated into one of our research groups.
  • Independent work: Students are expected to work on their final project individually in a creative and independent way (of course under guidance).


The Curriculum is an non obligatory advice how to organize your studies. The content and the educational objective are divided into independent modules. Some of them extend the content of former modules. In the Masters Programme of Physiscs you won't find any obligatory modules, so you are free to achieve the specialisation that you wish.

For the description of the modules for the Masters Programme in Physics or Medical Physics click here. Also have a look at the examination regulations here.

Work and Jobs

Since 2005 Germany has a new immigration law that is very friendly to international university students at. It opens excellent perspectives for employment in Germany.

In particular, it allows:

  • To work and earn money during a total of 90 full or 180 half days per year (in any job, including off-campus jobs) while being enrolled as a student.
  • On-campus student jobs (such as research or teaching assitantships) can be held in addition, again with a maximum of 90 full or 180 half days per year.
  • After graduation, the degree holder may remain in Germany for up to a year while looking for a job in his/her field (A condition is that the jobs in the field require “highly qualified” people; this is the case for physics-related jobs).
  • If the degree holder finds a job that requires his academic qualification, he/she can immediately become a permanent resident. Family members can then immigrate into Germany as well and obtain a work permit.
  • Further information at Campus Germany

Qualification Requirements

Bachelor degree

or equivalent degree in Physics or a closely related subject. The final grade has to be 3.0 or better, if the German univsersity grading system is used. If other grading systems are used the equivalence of the grades will be determined. Applications will also be processed, if the Bachelor programme is not yet completed, but successful completion is very probable before the requested start date.

Solid knowledge in all of the following fields:

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

(documented by successful participation in courses with the corresponding content)

Basic knowledge in at least one of the following fields:

  • Optics
  • Nuclear Physics/Elementary Particle Physics
  • Solid State Physics

(documented by successful participation in courses with the corresponding content)

Solid knowledge of the mathematical methods which are used in Physics. These are in particular:

  • Vector Calculus
  • Complex Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra

(documented by successful participation in courses with the corresponding content)

Ability to carry out physical experiments

(documented by successful participation in physical or technical lab courses)

Practical experience in scientific work

(documented by a Bachelor's thesis, comparable thesis or comparable work)

Command of the English language

(Native language or e.g. TOEFL-ibt score 80, IELTS score 6.0)



Application deadlines:

  • 15th of March (for the summer term, starting in April)
  • 15th of September (for the winter term, starting in October)
  • 15th of June (for early admission for the winter term)

  • All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applicants, who require a visa to study in Germany should apply at least 3 months before the start of the semester. Later applications will be processed, but the time between admission and start of the semester might not be sufficient to obtain a visa.



Check whether the applicant can be admitted to the selection process (response within six weeks after receipt of the application).


Selection process (3 - 4 times a year).


Decision will be communicated to the applicant and to the student's office.


Enrollment at the registrar's office. 


Required documents:

  • Completed application form.
  • Bachelor diploma and transcript or suitable documents which demonstrate that a Bachelor programme will be completed before the requested start date in our Master programme. (While the selection of candidates can be based on suitable documents, certified copies of the final school certificate and the Bachelor diploma are required for final admission to the university by the student's office.)
  • Statement of purpose (approx. 1 page): Why do you want to be accepted to a Master's programme in Physics ? Why do you want to study at the University of Düsseldorf?
  • For non-native speakers: proof of sufficient knowledge in English, e. g. through TOEFL (Institution Code: 5272), IELTS or documented previous studies with English as language of instruction. (Applicants requiring a visa should check the visa requirements concerning language proficiency since they might be more stringent than the admission requirements at HHU Düsseldorf.)

Recommended documents:

  • Letters of recommendation from University professors.
  • GRE test results (Institution Code: 5272).
  • Other documents revealing the qualification of the applicant for the master programme in physics (e.g. own publications).

International applicants have to submit at least one of the documents no. 5 - 7, in addition to all of the documents no. 1 - 4.

Please send your application to:

Prof. Dr. Axel Görlitz
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Institut für Experimentalphysik
Gebäude 25.42 Raum 01.24
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf


Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners organizes the tasks that result from the examination regulations according to § 4 Master-Prüfungsordnung.

Meeting once per year. The members are elected according to §4 Abs. (2).

The members of the Board of Examiners are:

Chairman: Prof. Dr. M. Getzlaff

Co-Chairman: Prof. Dr. A. Görlitz

Professors and scientific employees: Prof. Dr. G. PretzlerProf. Dr. A. PukhovDr. Dirk Hemmers

Students: Tobias Löffler


Consultation for Students

Consultant for Medical Physics
Prof. Dr. Thomas Heinzel

Institut für Physik der Kondensierten Materie
Gebäude 25.23 Raum 00.35
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Universitätsstrasse 1
D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany

Tel.: +49 211 81-14813

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Consultant for Physics
Prof. Dr. Axel Görlitz

Institut für Experimentalphysik
Gebäude 25.42 Raum 01.24
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Universitätsstrasse 1
D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany

Tel.: +49 211 81-15190

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