M.Sc. in Physics (Germany) Deadline: May 31, 2019

Paderborn University

Application Deadline

May 31, 2019

Program Commencement

October 1, 2019

Duration of the Program

Four Semesters

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Program Details

The Department of Physics at the Paderborn University invites applicants for the international Master’s programme in Physics. The program imparts enhanced mathematical and scientific knowledge together with an overview of interrelations within physics as well as expertise in a field of specialization that connects to current international research, so that complex physical problems can be analyzed, formulated and to a large extent solved by scientific means. In particular, it provides the ability to familiarize oneself with new specialist subfields of physics, to review the pertinent current international scientific literature, to independently design, carry out and interpret experiments or alternatively to utilize models and simulations based on theoretical principles in order to solve physical problems.

Degree holders will have a deep understanding of the fundamentals of physics and have the qualifications for independent scientific work in research and technology. The special expertise in optoelectronics, materials science, and/or computational physics (depending on the choice of specialization), represents a key advantage for employment in the optics and electronics industry or in relevant academic institutions. The degree also qualifies graduates to enter Ph.D. programmes in Paderborn or elsewhere.

In the first two semesters, the students will attend lectures in theoretical and experimental physics as well as seminars. There is a compulsory course in advanced quantum mechanics in the first semester, but most other courses during this phase are electives and can be chosen according to your interests and desired specialization. The lectures are accompanied by practical classes in which experiments are performed, and/or theoretical exercises in which solutions to physics problems are worked out and presented by the students. In addition, you will learn to develop a scientific topic based on existing literature and present it to your fellow students in two seminars. Finally, a few courses of general studies can be freely chosen from the university’s complete lecture catalogue. In particular, this includes the possibility to attend German language classes.
In your second year, the students will join one of the research groups within the department and work on a supervised individual research project that will form the basis for their Master’s thesis. The special skills and knowledge required for the project are acquired during a preparatory phase in the third semester. After completion of the research project, the written thesis will be submitted at the end of the fourth semester. Usually, the thesis work is defended in a colloquium, which consists of a presentation followed by questions.

There are NO tuition fees for the program.

Eligibility/ Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics (or equivalent)
  • Applicants must provide proof of their English skills: TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) or equivalent.

Application Process

For a successful application, you need to fulfill the academic prerequisites as well as the language requirements.

Please prepare the following supporting documents:

  • An officially certified copy of your secondary school leaving certificate which qualifies you to study at the university level in your home country (please make sure that you provide proof of all grades you obtained).
  • Officially certified copies of all other relevant documents such as academic transcripts, final degree certificates, etc.
  • Proof of English language proficiency.

International applicants, please visit Uni-Assist for further information. Find more details about the program here

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