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, our Master’s Programme in Physics broadens your foundations in physics, and teaches you the most important methods for analysing and solving natural science problems and for developing models. In your advanced lab course you will sharpen your skills required for working in a lab. 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
  • Nanostructures and their production, their mechanical, electronic and magnetic properties
  • Photonics: laser physics, non-linear optics, quantum electronics, optoelectronics
  • Regenerative energy: organic and inorganic photovoltaics, CO2-reduction

Overview

DegreeMaster of Science
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Period of study4 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.9. | 3.12. - 15.3.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS120
⌀ Number of students:45

Why study Physics at Konstanz?

  • Individual focus areas of study
  • Introduction to top-level research in modern materials, nanoscience, regenerative energy and photonics
  • Broad spectrum of required electives taught in English
  • Lectures and sessions on questions surrounding careers and the patent system
  • Excursions to businesses or research institutions
  • Numerous options for research stays abroad
  • Open-door policy: flexible office hours and individual supervision

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Content

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Typical work areas include:

  • Basic and industrial research
  • Teaching in schools and higher education
  • Software industry
  • Automobile sector, chemistry, electrical engineering
  • Medical technology, mechanical engineering, engineering offices

If you prefer to opt for scientific research and teaching you can continue with doctoral studies.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.


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

Internship and study abroad

Internships

Internships help you to gain insights into various professional areas and to build up contacts. The department and our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommendable. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • Good general education
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to interdisciplinarily work on projects
  • Knowledge of economic correlations

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.

German language skills
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).

Language(s) of instruction

German and English Course work and academic performance assessments can be completed both in English and in German.

Admission requirements

  • 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 the contents of the modules Integrierter Kurs (IK) III or Integrierter Kurs IV (integrated courses III or IV) of the Bachelor's Programme in Physics at the University of Konstanz (see attachment or module guide physics bachelor).
  • Passing the admission examination (if applicable) according to § 4 of the admission regulations for the Master's Programme in Physics at the University of Konstanz. Applicants who completed their bachelor’s 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 4444, or
  • DSH-1/TestDaF 3 3 3 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).

Mandatory admission examination
The examination consists of individual modules of the areas experimental physics and theoretical physics. The examination is an oral examination and lasts 45 minutes per area.


For details, please see the admission regulations.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.9. (winter semester) and 3.12. - 15.3. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Application for admission
  • 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 the contents of the modules Integrierter Kurs (IK) III or Integrierter Kurs IV (integrated courses III or IV) of the Bachelor's Programme in Physics at the University of Konstanz
  • Documentation of passing the admission examination (if applicable) according to § 4 of the University of Konstanz Admission Regulations for the Master's Programme in Physics (see admission requirements)
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).

    Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "Admission requirements".

International applicants:

  • Documentation of German language skills level DSH-2 /TestDaF 4444, OR
  • DSH-1/TestDaF 3 3 3 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.
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