Physics is a scientific discipline that explores the universe from its very largest cosmological scale to the sub-nuclear scale of elementary particles, from the synthetic materials of solid-state physics and materials science to the living systems in biophysics and medical physics. Modern physics is therefore best defined not in terms of any one specific area of interest, but by the approach it adopts to examine the universe around us. Using well-designed experiments and measurements and formal analyses, physics provides a means of developing an overarching understanding of natural processes.

Students on the Master's programme in physics at Saarland University select modules with an experimental and a theoretical focus. They also acquire insight into the content and methodologies of neighbouring disciplines. A compulsory elective module in a non-physics subject offers students the chance to see how physics is applied in the engineering and life sciences or in medicine.

The M.Sc. in physics at Saarland University is very much a research-focused programme. In the field of theoretical physics, students are initially taught advanced elements of quantum mechanics and statistical physics. The work in experimental physics centres on advanced concepts in solid-state physics and atomic physics. Lab courses and work in the departmental research groups enable Master's students to practice and apply the methods of modern physics. For their Master's research project and thesis, students investigate and report on a problem of current relevance in biophysics, soft matter physics, solid-state physics or quantum optics.

Course of study Physics
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Language of instruction German
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Start of programme Winter semester or summer semester
Restricted entry No
Application period Mid June until 30.09.2019 for winter semester 2019/20
Where to apply Online application portal (in German)
Tuition fees Not applicable
Semester fee See current fee structure
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
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