Master’s Programme in Physics
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.
- Prof. Dr. Walter Zimmermann (Programme Advisor)
- Prof. Dr. V. Martin Axt (Deputy Advisor)
- Prof. Dr. Matthias Weiss (Deputy Advisor)
Please direct your e-mails to:
- List of courses for the Master's Proramme Physics (as of May 2017)
- Examination and study regulations in English (preliminary version)
- Examination and study regulations in German (official version)
- Module handbook in English (preliminary version, as of May 2017)
- Module handbook in German (official version, as of May 2017)
- Sample curricula in German (English version in preparation)
- Studying physics in Bayreuth: a student perspective
- CHE Ranking 2015: An outstanding learning environment in the field of physics at the University of Bayreuth (report available only in German)