Transition to the Master program
|Lectures/Exercises Experimental Physics||30 ECTS||20 ECTS|
|Lectures/Exercises Theoretical Physics||30 ECTS||20 ECTS|
|Lectures/Exercises Mathematical Fundamentals||25 ECTS||15 ECTS|
|Basic Laboratory Course||10 ECTS||together
|Physical Experiments||10 ECTS|
|Elective Lectures and Exercises||30 ECTS||–|
|Bachelor Thesis and Colloquium in Physics||10 ECTS||10 ECTS|
If not all requirements are fulfilled, the admission can be given under the condition that the missing requirements be fulfilled, at the latest, within a year after acceptance to the Master degree program.
For a student-teacher in the secondary school sector with the subject combination of mathematics/physics who want to transfer to the physics Master program after their Bachelor degree, it will be required to take the missing modules of theoretical physics. This way the student would have at least TP-1 and two modules from TP-2 through TP-4 (TP-L2 and TP-L3 are also alternatives), which are required for the physics Bachelor. Modules from the mathematics area, will, in this case, be recognized as part of the elective area. Additional requirements in the area of physical experiments will be placed, only with a large discrepancy, in the above mentioned 10 ECTS points.
The application period for a place in the program takes place every year until January 15th and July 15th (these deadlines will typically be extended until March 15th and September 15th) of the corresponding semester. The application should be submitted through the Web platform campo. This website doesn’t distinguish the listing of required documents according to the course of study. Please be aware of the information on the Master-registration-page of the FAU. To apply for the Master degree program, the following documents must be submitted:
- The secondary school certificate, a transcript of records of the (current) Bachelor course, the Bachelor degree certificate, or if not available yet, a confirmation that you are registered for the final required exams of the Bachelor course of studies. Important: if you complete your Bachelor degree at the FAU, a confirmation of registration for the Bachelor thesis is sufficient.
- The signed application for admission in duplicate.
- A complete Curriculum Vitae in English or German in tabular form.
- If your native language is not German or English: proof of sufficient language skills in one of these languages (scroll down).
- Letter of motivation (not required for applicants to the physics Bachelor degree program or for material physics at FAU).
Please be aware, that you also have to deliver these documents in written form to the secretary’s office (Masterbüro); uploading these documents for an online submission alone is not adequate.
The applications are evaluated by the Master office on formal aspects (completeness, formal rights to access of study) and then the content is evaluated by the Master admissions committee of the department of physics. Once that is done, the approval notifications are sent. If you receive this notification, you are approved for admission to the Master degree program in physics at the FAU, but not yet registered.
The proof of English language skills (for candidates whose native language is not English) or German language skills (for candidates whose native language is not German) is required. The German language skills are to be proven through the test DSH-2 (written) and DSH-1 (oral). These tests can also be completed right before the study begins by request, if the German language skills are demonstrated to be at an intermediate level (approx. 600 teaching hours). The English language skills can be proven through various ways:
- At least level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
- Internet Based TOEFL Score of at least 90;
- IELTS Score of at least 6.5;
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) or Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher.
Students who don’t have any certificate from the above options can undergo a placement test of the Department of English HaF. They have to accomplish level 3 or better and under the resolution condition, they can be permitted to provide the proof of Level C1 or higher by the beginning of the third semester.
This regulation means that you can start your degree with moderate English skills, and during the study, you must prepare and present the English test.
The English requirements after the complete conversion of the Master study courses to English are still under discussion. While the recognition of the English Secondary School Certificate is still under consideration, it is always advisable to take English language courses during the Bachelor degree program.
- The enrollment in the Master course of study in person at the Student Office completed by the declared deadlines (this is common for students who did not complete their Bachelor degree at FAU and who are not enrolled in the university).
Please be aware that students with a foreign Bachelor degree must (along with the other documents) present their Bachelor certificate. Students from other national universities who haven’t received their Bachelor certificate can hand it within a year.
- Students who are already enrolled for their Bachelor degree at FAU have to send the transfer application with a copy of the admission letter (other documents are not necessary) to the student’s office. There, the transfer to the Master degree program will be carried out. The enrollment certificate can be seen on the meinCampus website and printed out after eight days.
- Subsequent transfers in the Master course of study (only for FAU students). If you want to not yet register for the Master degree program (for whatever reasons), but initially stay enrolled in the Bachelor course of study: in this case you have to deregister from the Bachelor degree program and apply to the Master degree program, at the latest, before the beginning of the exam registration period with the Students Administration office. In addition, you must present the approval for admission and, if possible, the Bachelor certificate (this can also be subsequently submitted by the end of the following semester). Please note that both (application for transfer, and the other certificates) must be carried out unprompted (this means you will not receive any reminder). Please also be aware that for a semester where you are enrolled in the Master program, but still complete requirements for the Bachelor program, it will count as a study semester in both courses.
Please be aware, that if necessary, you can influence the end date of your Bachelor degree, so that you can schedule the date for the exam in a mandatory module. The Bachelor colloquium is particularly useful for this.
Useful information about BAföG can be founded in BAföG-Page of the Student Union.