Master’s Programme in Physics


The master’s programme Physics at the University of Bayreuth is a two-year programme that builds on the bachelor’s programme Physics. Our master course in physics offers the opportunity to work in a highly creative research environment of renowned researchers that meets highest international standards. It provides specialized knowledge in the various subdisciplines of physics. The one-year research part is designed to foster the student’s ability to carry out independent scientific work.

The master’s programme in physics leads to the degree Master of Science (M.Sc.). It is a key qualification in central Europe and it is comparable with the formerly in Germany awarded Diplom. A master degree opens the possibility to pursue doctoral research of about three years. New students can enter the master’s programme in the winter semester or summer semester.

A Research-Oriented Master's Programme

Our master’s programme Physics encourages early involvement in research. The programme promotes a number of qualifications and skills, such as the following:

  • an advanced scientific understanding of the subject matter at a high international level,
  • the ability to carry out scientific work independently,
  • additional key skills such as project management, teamwork, and presenting complex facts clearly.

Successful graduates can pursue doctoral research and participate in a structured doctoral programme, e.g. in the framework of the Bayreuth Graduate School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (BayNAT). A fast track option to the doctoral programme is also available.

Excellent Career Prospects

Investigating complex interrelationships in the natural sciences provides students with skills that are currently in high demand in science, technology, development, industry, and administration. More and more, physics is considered to be an indispensable factor for innovation in a broad spectrum of occupational fields. Demand for physics graduates is expected to grow further over the coming years. For this reason, a programme of study directed towards current research topics provides an excellent basis for launching your career.

Achieving Success with Creativity

The study of physics at a high academic level requires many degrees of freedom for creativity. For this reason, the master’s programme Physics gives students a great deal of freedom in selecting their focus within the research fields biological physics, solid state physics, nonlinear dynamics, soft matter physics and physics of molecular systems.

The students’ individual initiatives are actively supported. With the guidance and supervision of experienced teaching staff, students can select their main emphasis to develop a demanding individualized curriculum that includes a period for studying abroad. The short distances on our campus contribute to an overall exciting atmosphere for collaborations between professors and junior scholars in our well-equipped laboratories.

Physics connects – interdisciplinary projects

Physics research at the University of Bayreuth contributes central building blocks to the University’s research priorities in the natural sciences, especially macromolecular research, nonlinear dynamics, and materials science. Collaborations with partner universities and research institutions around the world provide research and teaching with valuable impetus and offer a broad range of opportunities for students to get involved.

Who is the programme of study directed towards?

The master’s programme Physics is directed towards students with a strong interest in the natural sciences. A first degree – generally a Bachelor of Science (Physics) or an equivalent degree – is a requirement for admission. Building on this basis, the master’s programme deepens the student’s expertise. Graduates are well-prepared for a broad range of demanding occupational fields at universities and research institutions, in industrial companies, medium-sized businesses, in public administration.

Application, Enrolment, and Duration of Study

New students can enter the master’s programme Physics in the winter semester or the summer semester. The standard period of study is four semesters.

No special application is required. Many years of experience have shown that those students who are able to succeed in their first three years of physics studies (i.e. the bachelor’s programme) are also generally able to succeed in the master’s programme.

Admission to the master’s programme Physics at the University of Bayreuth is often based on a bachelor’s degree in physics awarded by a university in Germany. The admission of other applicants is described in §2 of the examination regulations for the master’s programme Physics.


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