BSc. and MSc. in Physics

BSc. and MSc. programmes

Bachelor of Science in Physics

In the six semesters of the Bachelor of Science programme the basics of classical and modern physics and the required mathematics is taught. You will gain insight into an elective subject outside of physics. In particular, the curriculum includes:

Experimental Physics (semesters 1-5): Investigation of physical phenomena in experiments, derivation and explanation of fundamental laws
Lab courses (semesters 1-6): Learning experimental techniques and the evaluation of experimental data. With the project and electronics lab courses we offer practical training at the most modern level.
Mathematics for physicists (Semesters 1-3)
Theoretical physics (semesters 2-5): Derivation of physical laws from fundamental axioms using mathematical methods
Data processing in physics (Semester 1)
Physical electives (semester 4-6)
Non-physical electives: In the first two semesters you can choose between astronomy, chemistry, computer science, materials science and physical chemistry. In the semesters 3-6 you have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of these subjects or to take further ones.
Key skills: e.g. language, rhetoric or programming courses
Bachelor thesis (6th semester): A first independent research work at the end of the Bachelor’s programme

The Bachelor’s programme in Erlangen is taught in German only.

Master of Sciences in Physics

The Master’s degree program in physics is designed for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in physics or in a closely related subject. It aims at an advanced training in selected fields of physics, offers the opportunity for specialization and, finally, in its second phase, provides a one-year training phase directed towards the capability of performing independent research.
The language of instruction in the Master’s program is English.
The Master’s program can be started either in the winter term (October) or in the summer term (April).

Application and additional information

For admission to the Master’s degree program in physics, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in physics or a closely related degree with above average success. Additionally, adequate proficiency in English is required. A more detailed outline of the requirements for admission is given in the examination regulations.


The application is requested online:
General information on the application procedure:…

Application deadlines:

  • July 15th  for the upcoming winter semester
  • January 15th for the upcoming summer semester

International applicants should, if possible, apply by May 31st, for the upcoming winter semester and by December 15th for the upcoming summer semester.

Application documents

For a more detailed description, see the application web page.

  • Secondary education certificate
  • University degree certificate with transcript of records
  • CV
  • Proof of proficiency in English. The required English proficiency level is B2 (vantage/upper intermediate) (CEFR) or an equivalent score on another internationally recognized test.
  • Letter of motivation (about one page)

Structure of the Master’s program in Physics

The first year of study focuses on the deepening of theoretical and experimental foundations and methods of physics. In addition to obligatory advanced courses in theoretical and experimental physics, it includes elective physics and non-physics courses, as well as lab courses. The second year of study is dedicated entirely to a research project in experimental or theoretical physics, the results of which are documented in the Master’s thesis and are presented in a public lecture. You can choose from the study focuses

  • Astrophysics and astroparticle physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Optical sciences
  • Physics in life sciences
  • Theoretical physics.

Advanced courses in experimental and theoretical physics

Experimental physics


  • EV (winter term): Solid state physics
  • EV (winter term): Atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics
  • EV (summer term): Particle and astroparticle physics

Theoretical physics

  • TV (winter term): Advanced quantum mechanics
  • TV (summer term): Theoretical solid state physics

In accordance with the examination regulations, modules EV and TV can be used as EV-1/-2 or TV-1/-2 independent on the enumeration or the announcement at the online platform UnivIS.

The formal requirements for a successful completion of the program are outlined in the examination regulations. The course curriculum given on pg. 33 of the examination regulations provides a suggestion for the planning of the program.