Physics (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Internship: programme-internal internship (see Semester Course Schedule)|
Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s Degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) consist of a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. |
Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester and summer semester|
Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester) and January 15 (for summer semester).|
Please note: You should apply well before the deadline (~ 12 weeks) if you also need to apply for visa.
|Special Features: Students will be expected to be proficient in English as physics textbooks are often written in English and original literature almost exclusively so.|
The aim of the Master of Science degree programme in Physics is to provide students with the multi-faceted expertise and scientific confidence required to solve problems in fundamental and applied research, technology and society. Advanced and specialised lectures and courses from the areas of experimental and theoretical physics and from a supplemental subject outside of physics, typically from mathematics, natural sciences or engineering sciences will serve this aim. Students will also be able to choose interdisciplinary courses from the complete TU Darmstadt course catalogue to increase the scope of the programme. A one-year research phase will complement this broad spectrum.
The Master of Science degree programme in Physics focuses on the mathematical and natural sciences.
The Advanced Phase covers the first two semesters and includes
- Advanced Theoretical Physics;
- the Area of Specialisation, which consists of two lectures/courses;
- Seminar in Theoretical and Experimental Physics;
- Non-Physics Supplemental Subjects;
- and Interdisciplinary Courses, including courses which deal with key qualifications, also form part of the programme.
Research Phase: The third and fourth semester will be taken up with
- the “Practical Internship: an Introduction to Scientific Research”
- and the writing of the Master’s Thesis.
Both modules will conclude with a written and verbal presentation.
The semester course schedule contains a catalogue of approved areas of specialisation, plus supplemental subjects outside of physics to fulfill requirements for the area of specialisation and the non-physics supplementary subjects. Other suitable specialisations and supplemental courses may be submitted to the departmental examination committee for approval.
Further information may be found at: Departmental Course Information
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing a scientifically broader and more profound insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focal area and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Physics (B.Sc.) (Physik, B.Sc.)|
|Physics (LaG) (Physik, Lehramt an Gymnasien)|
|Physics (M.Ed.) (Physik, M.Ed.)|
|Applied Geosciences (M.Sc.) (Angewandte Geowissenschaften, M.Sc.)|
|Geodesy and Geoinformation (M.Sc.) (Geodäsie und Geoinformation, M.Sc.)|
|Energy Science and Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Civil Engineering (M.Sc.) (Bauingenieurwesen, M.Sc.)|
|Biomolecular Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Chemistry (M.Sc.) (Chemie, M.Sc.)|
|Mechanical and Process Engineering (M.Sc.) (Maschinenbau, M.Sc.)|
|Materials Science (M.Sc.) (Materialwissenschaft, M.Sc.)|
|Environmental Engineering Sciences (M.Sc.) (Umweltingenieurwissenschaften, M.Sc.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
The spectrum of careers for graduates of Physics continues to expand not only as a result of technical progress, but also new environmental issues. Today, physicists work in basic and industrial research, in consultancy firms and in industry, in banking, politics, management and academia. Innovative problem-solving skills are needed and cutting-edge issues are investigated in various fields. In order to meet these challenges, graduates require sufficiently broad foundations in experimental and theoretical physics, including the necessary mathematical knowledge. A current example of how quickly results from physics research are technically implemented can be seen in solid state technology and optical electronics in their role as the foundation of communications and data technology. Other examples include laser physics, which serves as the foundation for modern optics and materials processing and medical applications.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) (German Physics Association)
DPG-Studie “Physikerinnen und Physiker im Beruf” (2016) (“Physicists in the job market in Germany”, DPG 2016)