Master's Program in Physics





Stefan Roth

Academic Advisor


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Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester, Summer Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • 1st university degree, required qualifications according to P.O. Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Dates and Deadlines


The international Master's program in Physics is a two years program. The first year consists of lectures, seminars and lab courses. The second year is dedicated to an individual research project. The program starts every year in the winter semester. Hence, a start of studies in the summer semester is not recommended.

The international Master’s curriculum is organized along six different tracks, see list below. For each track the first year of Master’s studies has several mandatory courses as well as elective courses. The elective courses can be chosen from the many specialisation courses offered by Aachen physics faculty, researchers at the research center in Jülich as well as elective courses from other related Master’s programs (biophysics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, laser technology, material science etc.). An overview of these courses is available in the course module catalogue, the appendix of the examination regulations (see below). The available specialised courses can vary from term-to-term. The curriculum is set up to offer maximum flexibility and allows students to select courses which prepare them to achieve the research goals of the second Master's year.

At the end of the first year of studies, students choose a Master's thesis supervisor in one of the institutes. During the second year, the students will complete a Master's thesis research project. The precise form of the project depends on the research topic and is developed together with the responsible supervisor. In the last semester, the students complete their Master's thesis work, write up their Master’s thesis and give a presentation about their research project (Master's defence colloquium).

The successful participation in the Master's program in Physics at RWTH Aachen University requires an undergraduate education that enables students to follow lectures at a very advanced and specialized level. Hence, some Bachelor graduates, especially from foreign countries, might not meet the requirements for admission. For these students, the Department of Physics and the International Academy, an official institution for education attached to the university, have developed a new master’s entry programme, the Master’s College. This innovative programme includes bridging courses in theoretical and modern physics, scientific guidance, involvement in research and laboratory experiments, as well as an intense social support especially for international students. Please refer to Master's College for more information.

Tracks of Study

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