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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Science
  • Language: German
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

Physics - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

This research oriented programme teaches comprehensive and specialised skills and knowledge within the greater discipline of physics. Furthermore, this degree course trains students in specialised areas of physics research. Students learn to carry out scientific work in an independent, problem oriented, interdisciplinary, and responsible manner, presenting their results in a coherent way. Students should be able to quickly work their way into modern, complex issues and problems, independently and creatively developing solutions and coming up with practical applications for them.

Study Design and Contents

This programme is structured so as to consist of a consolidation phase (60 credit points) and a research phase (60 credit points), including the master's thesis.
Consolidation areas are
  • acoustics and signal processing,
  • biomedical physics and neurophysics,
  • field theory and many body theory,
  • materials science,
  • photonics,
  • the physics of renewable energy and
  • environmental physics
  • minor subjects include, for example, mathematics, chemistry, computing science, and economics.

Teaching and Learning

Large modules with lectures, seminars, practice sessions, and a large practical component. Some modules are offered in English. From the third semester on, students are intensively integrated into research activities.

Reasons for Studying

From the beginning on, there is intensive contact between students and lecturers, as well as a very strong orientation towards research. According to student assessments, Physics in Oldenburg has regularly received a top ranking in the university rankings. Physics in Oldenburg distinguishes itself through years of experience with master's programmes (since 1998), diverse research groups, internationally cutting edge research, forward looking specialisation areas with exceptional opportunities on the labour market and attractive general study conditions in one of the most beautiful university buildings in Germany.

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

Physicists with a master's degree can enter a variety of career fields: in the areas of foundational and applied physics oriented physics research, technological development, or teaching, as well as in banking and insurance, consulting, patents, and administration. Generally speaking, employment opportunities for physics graduates are excellent. In addition to opening the door to careers, this master's degree also prepares students for doctoral studies.

Find out more about the professional field of Physics (in German).

Target Group/Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Physics or from prior studies in a closely related field.

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for both the winter and summer semesters.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).
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