Physics – Master of Science

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Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree. For this, the University of Konstanz offers the bachelor's programme in physics.

At the beginning, the master’s programme in physics broadens your foundations in physics, teaches you the most important methods for analysing and solving natural science problems, as well as how to develop models. In the course of your studies you will also enhance the skills that are needed for laboratory work, for instance during the advanced internship/lab course (in German). In addition to this, you will develop your specialist interests in a particular branch of physics through compulsory elective lectures, seminars and your master’s thesis. You can choose from the following main areas:

  • Condensed matter: modern materials with special electronic and magnetic properties
  • Soft matter: colloids and polymers
  • Spintronics and quantum information
  • Nano structures and their production, their mechanical, electronic and magnetic properties
  • Photonics: laser physics, non-linear optics, quantum electronics, optoelectronics
  • Renewable energies: organic and inorganic photovoltaics, CO2 reduction


Overview

DegreeMaster of Science
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Language(s)Deutsch | Englisch
Period of study4 semesters
Application deadlineaktuell –  15.9. | 15.3.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS120
⌀ Number of students:45

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

After gaining your master’s degree in physics you will be equipped to work in the wide spectrum of basic research, and to implement research results for improved or new applications in the development departments in industry. Consequently, the majority of positions for physicists are available in industry, as well as in teaching and research (including universities and large-scale research facilities). The main employment areas within the industrial sector are electrical engineering and the software sector, followed by mechanical engineering, the automobile sector and engineering companies. As a physicist you can also aim for a scientific career at a university or research institute.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

The master's programme consists of 4 semesters: in the first 2 semesters you attend lectures and seminars; in the last 2 semesters you focus on your master's thesis. You write your master's thesis in a working group at the University of Konstanz.

View the study plan here.


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the exam regulations (in German).

Internship and abroad

Internships

Internships help you to gain insights into various professional areas and to build up contacts. The department (in German) and the staff of the university’s Career Service (in German) are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommendable. Equivalent study and exam achievements acquired during your stay will be recognised. You can spend semesters abroad at numerous European and non-European universities. The University of Konstanz enables study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other exchange programmes.

Why study Physics at Konstanz?

The Department of Physics provides you with excellent supervision. The professors in the department cultivate an open-door policy, so that you can seek advice at any time without having to wait for appointments during special consultation hours. At the University of Konstanz you will receive an early introduction to top-level research in modern materials, nanoscience, regenerative energy and photonics, and you will be able to benefit from the many contacts with research centres in Germany and abroad. In addition to this there are regular lectures and sessions on questions surrounding careers and the patent system.

What interests and skills should I have?

During your MA studies you expand and deepen your knowledge of physics. In addition to this, skills and qualifications in areas other than physics are becoming more important. For example: a good general education, communication skills, the ability to interdisciplinarily work on projects, and knowledge of economic correlations.

Language skills

International applicants please provide:

  • Documentation of German language skills level DSH-2 /TestDaF 4, or
  • DSH-1/TestDaF 3 with adequate English skills level B2, proved by  either: TOEFL-test (87 points or more/internet-based), IELTS (score 5.5 or better), or Cambridge First Certificate (Grade C or better).

Teaching language and language(s) of instruction

Teaching languages are German and English.

Admission requirements

Entry requirement for the master's programme is that you have earned an above-average degree in a three-year (or more) study programme in physics or a related subject at an institution of higher education or Berufsakademie.

German Applicants:

  • An above-average bachelor's degree in physics or a related subject at an institution of higher education or Berufsakademie or equivalent institution (abroad).
  • Academic performance assessments in modules that cover 1.) the contents of the modules Integrierter Kurs (IK) III or Integrierter Kurs IV (integrated courses) and 2.) the contents of the module Analytische Mechanik (analytical mechanics) of the Bachelor's Programme Physics at the University of Konstanz (see attachment or module guide of the bachelor’s programme physics).
  • Successfully completed admission examination (if applicable) according to § 4 of the admission regulations for the Master's Programme Physics at the University of Konstanz. Applicants who completed their bachelor degree in physics at the University of Konstanz (or have an equivalent degree) and meet the requirements stated above, are exempt from the admission examination.

International applicants please also provide:

  • Documentation of German language skills level DSH-2 /TestDaF 4, or
  • DSH-1/TestDaF 3 with adequate English skills level B2, proved by  either: TOEFL-test (87 points or more/internet-based), IELTS (score 5.5 or better), or Cambridge First Certificate (Grade C or better).

Information on the admission examination: The examination consists of individual modules of the areas experimental physics and theoretical physics. You can find more information in the module guide of the Master's Programme Physics.
The examination is an oral examination and last 45 minutes per area. You can find more information in the admission regulations (§ 5).

Application

Please provide:

  • Application for admission, please attach a passport photo
  • Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far;
  • Documentation of two academic performance assessments in modules that cover 1.) the contents of the modules Integrierter Kurs (IK) III or Integrierter Kurs IV (integrated courses) and 2.) the contents of the module Analytische Mechanik (analytical mechanics) of the Bachelor's Programme Physics at the University of Konstanz (see above);
  • Documentation of passing the admission examination (if applicable) according to § 4 of the admission regulations Master's Programme Physics of the University of Konstanz (see admission requirements);
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (please indicate your semester).

International applicants please also provide:

  • Additional questionnaire for international students
  • Documentation of German language skills level DSH-2 /TestDaF 4,  OR DSH-1/TestDaF 3 with adequate English skills level B2: TOEFL-test (87 points or more/internet-based), IELTS (score 5.5 or better), or Cambridge First Certificate (Grade C or better).
  • Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy of your home country;
  • Applicants from Georgia: please submit a declaration of consent for the verification of your documents' authenticity by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZaB) in Bonn, Germany.

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

Application documents

You can find an overview of all required application documents in your application for admission. You will get this application at the end of the online application process.

Application

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