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Master in Physics

The Faculty of Physics at LMU Munich offers a four-semester Master of Science degree program in Physics. Studies can be started both in the winter and summer semester. This Master's program is divided into two blocks: In the first and second semesters the Master's students attend courses in advanced physics and in the Faculty's research specialization areas. The third and fourth semesters are devoted to the one-year Master's thesis.

Goals

The primary goals of the Master's program in Physics are to impart expertise in current research topics on the basis of a deeper knowledge of the fundamentals of physics. Research methods, strategic planning, and critical evaluation of scientific findings, acting autonomously as well as career-relevant qualifications are central. During the two-year course of study, the ability to proceed methodically in both theoretical and practical physics is developed. Building on the knowledge gained during the first two semesters, these abilities will be strengthened during the one-year-long research phase of the third and fourth semesters.

Degree structure and credit points

In total, students in the Master's program in Physics need to achieve 120 ECTS credit points, distributed in the following manner:

First and second semesters:

  • Advanced Experimental Physics (9 ECTS)
  • Advanced Theoretical Physics (9 ECTS)
  • Key qualifications (3 ECTS)
  • Physics Seminar (3 ECTS)
  • Elective courses (lectures, exercises, seminars (maximally 12 ECTS), and/or lab courses (maximally 12 ECTS)), from the Faculty's research specialization areas (altogether 36 ECTS)

Third and fourth semesters:

  • Practical phase (30 ECTS)
  • Master's thesis (30 ECTS)

Module details

Advanced Experimental Physics module

In Advanced Experimental Physics, you need to attend one of the following lectures:

  • Advanced Particle Physics,
  • Advanced Solid State Physics

Each of these lectures is offered at least every second semester. They are listed in the course catalogue as Pflichtvorlesungen.

If you choose to attend both lectures, the one that is not credited to the Advanced Experimental Physics module can be credited as elective course on request.

Advanced experimental lectures will be given in English.

Advanced Theoretical Physics module

In Advanced Theoretical Physics, you need to attend one of the following lectures:

  • Advanced Statistical Physics,
  • Quantum Mechanics II.

Each of these lectures is offered at least every second semester. They are listed in the course catalogue as Pflichtvorlesungen.

If you choose to attend both lectures, the one that is not credited to the Advanced Theoretical Physics module can be credited as elective course on request.

Advanced theoretical lectures will be given in English.

Elective courses

The elective courses need to be chosen from the Faculty's research specialization areas. The lecture titles are listed in the course catalogue.

The Faculty's research specializations are:

  •  Astronomy and Astrophysics, Cosmology
  •  Molecular Biophysics, Statistical Physics
  •  Solid State Physics, Nanophysics
  •  High- and Medium-Energy Physics, Mathematical Physics
  •  Laser Optics und Quantum Optics
  •  Meteorology, Atmospheric Physics
  •  Medical Physics

Within their elective courses, students may choose to concentrate on a particular field, for example in Biophysics, Medical Physics, Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics.

Nearly all the elective lectures will be given in English. Some of the courses may be offered in German but the Master programm can be done completely in English. Usually, German courses will be given in English upon request. Please contact the corresponding professor for more specific informations.

 

Study and Examination Regulations

Study and examination regulations for the Master of Science degree program in Physics are currently only available in German. They may be found on the Faculty's German website.

Professional Qualification

Graduates of the Master of Science degree program in Physics have attained a degree of knowledge in modern physics at the highest international level. Because of the broad range of the program they will be able to apply their training to other areas and research topics in their subsequent careers. The Master's degree in Physics enables graduates to work independently as physicists in research and university teaching, as well as in manufacturing and service industries. Their future jobs will be concentrated in fundamental physical research, applied research and development (e.g. natural-science, technology, IT and medicine), as well as in modern administration and service businesses.

Master's Examination and Academic Degree

The Master's degree is the professional qualification attained by examination after scientific training has been completed.  In addition, the Master's degree enables the graduates to enter a Ph.D. degree program in the field of Physics. The Faculty of Physics awards the graduates the academic degree of „Master of Science“ (M.Sc.).

Entry Requirements

You will find details on the application and assessment procedures at Application for Admission to a Master of Science Degree Program.

BIOPHYSICS PROGRAM

Within the Master of Physics, we offer a Biophysics Program. The Faculty of Physics has declared this rapidly expanding field as one of its focus areas, and offers a special curriculum to motivated Master students. Depending on the interests and skills, this curriculum offers various options and combinations of courses: Students seeking a casual introduction to Biophysics are equally welcome as those wanting to become experts in Nano-Bio-Technology. [Biophysik-Website]

 

MEDICAL PHYSICS PROGRAM

Medical Physics is a newly established research area at the Faculty of Physics, which is offered as topical specialization within the Master of Science program. Interested students can concentrate their elective lectures and seminars on a curriculum in image guided diagnostic methods and modern radiation therapy. Together with the accomplishment of a Master thesis work in this field, it is possible to obtain a LMU Medical Physics Master certificate. [Medical Physik-Website]
A specialization in Atmospheric Physics is offered by the Meteorological Institute as part of the Master in Physics. Two topics are possible "Numerical weather forecast and data assimilation" or "Atmosphere and Climate". In order to earn an Atmospheric Physics certificate on top of the Master in Physics, a certain number of lectures (30 ECTS) and the completion of a master's thesis in the field is required. Of course, it is also possible to visit single lectures from this program as part of the Master in Physics elective courses. More information [Atmospheric Physics-Website]

Master's program in physics with the main focus on astrophysics