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Master of Science in Physics

The main focus of the consecutive Master’s degree course in physics at Universität Regensburg is on research. The degree aims at two different kinds of graduates:

  • About 50 % of Master graduates will pursue a career in industry directly after graduation. During the research phase of the Master’s program, students will not only gain professional knowledge in their field but also a high level of autonomy. They are therefore highly sought after by employers across an extremely broad range of disciplines. Their areas of activity include the classic technical industries, but physicists also work as patent attorneys, auditors or analysts at the stock market. In conjunction with their scientific approach, the graduates’ familiarity with modeling methods specific to physics have proved to be extremely versatile and in demand. The additional non-physics courses also offered in the Master’s program enable students to gain the special knowledge that is relevant to their intended career path at an early stage.
  • The other 50 % of graduates will continue their scientific education by pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics. The work of these graduates will thus represent a cornerstone of university research in Germany, which is absolutely vital. For these students, the objective of the Master’s degree is the optimization of their training in the elected area of specialization.
The following specific course objectives result from these career options: The program aims to provide students with
  • in-depth knowledge in at least two (or four – as desired) areas of specialization from experimental and theoretical physics of condensed matter and theoretical high-energy physics as well as knowledge and understanding of experimental and/or theoretical principles and methods applied in the chosen areas.
  • the ability to investigate scientific problems in the two (or four) areas of specialization under supervision
  • basic knowledge as well as knowledge and understanding of the current scientific methods of a subject other than physics, if the knowledge and skills listed above have been acquired in only two areas of specialization in physics.
  • the ability to investigate a defined single problem in current research in the field of experimental or theoretical physics autonomously under supervision and to interpret the scientific results correctly within the context of the task. the capability to develop problem-solving strategies for scientific problems both autonomously and as a team member
  • the skill to write scientific texts correctly and to present scientific results.

Master’s students having passed the exam will receive the academic degree "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) by the Faculty of Physics of Universität Regensburg.

The standard time for completing the Master’s degree is four semesters. The total credit requirement for the Master’s program is 120 credits, including the Master’s thesis.

You will find application details on the overview page.

The Master’s program consists of two parts: a consolidation phase during the first two semesters building upon the Bachelor’s program, and a research phase. The research phase includes both further scientific specialization courses and the Master’s thesis.

During the consolidation phase students must complete modules from the Master’s program in Physics worth 60 CP or more. The courses comprise the following areas:

  • Subject modules belonging to the areas of specialization in experimental, theoretical and applied physics, and are currently:
    Surface physics
    Infrared / Terahertz physics
    Laser physics
    Semiconductor physics
    Low temperature physics
    Magnetism
    Light Matter Interaction
    Physics of nanostructures
    Computational Physics
    Quantum electrodynamics
    Quantum chromodynamics
    Quantum field theory
    Quantum theory of condensed matter I
    Quantum theory of condensed matter II
    Non-linearity in classical and quantum physics
  • Complementary lectures chosen from the Master’s program in Physics or from courses offered by other faculties:
    Science Informatics
    Physics in medicine
    Mathematics
    History of science
    Physiscs and Business
    Bioinformatics
    Biophysics
  • Further courses providing in-depth study of certain topics or interdisciplinary qualifications. Each semester, some special lectures are offered which cover a broad range of subjects. The topics and contents of these lectures will be different each year. Special lectures are both held at an advanced level – in that case they complement the subject modules – or as introductory courses. These introductions will give a broad overview on physical and interdisciplinary subjects.
    Special Topics Lecture
    Short Research projects
    Training Seminar
    Introduction to control engineering, data acquisition and digital signal processing
    Computer and microcontroller technology
    Databases and internet
    Programming of portable graphics applications
    Electronics
    Computer-based Measurements with LabView
    Computer-aided Mechanical Design
    IT and Media
    Linux: Basics, Concepts, Applications
As to the consolidation phase, the following minimum (alternative) requirements apply: Students must complete
  • either four subject modules
  • or two subject modules and one complementary subject
The design of the research phase of the Master’s program follows the recommendations of the Konferenz der Fachbereiche Physik (KFP, Conference of the Physics Departments) and of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG, German Physical Society) which have been put into practice by the great majority of the German physics departments. According to these recommendations, the credit requirement for the research phase of the Master’s program is 60 CP. The phase is divided into the following two blocks which complement each other in regards to their content:
  • Specialization (30 CP):
    While completing this module, students should become acquainted with the subject area of their Master’s thesis under supervision but largely self-directed. They learn experimental or theoretical methods that are essential for their thesis. All students must conclude the specialization phase with a presentation.
  • Master’s thesis (30 CP):
    The Master’s thesis is an independent academic work. It should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to investigate a problem in physics according to scientific methods and to present factually correct results in an appropriate and comprehensible manner.

A typical timetable for Master students

Sem. Course hrs/wk Σ hrs/wk
M1 Subject modules 10 22
Special lectures 8
Short research projects 8
M2 Complementary subject 10 22
Special lectures 8
Short research projects 8
M3 Special lectures 4
Specialization
M4 Master’s thesis
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Author: Christoph Strunk; thanks to Annette.Eichinger for the translation; last update: Christian Schüller / FW
 
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