The Master's programme allows a high flexibility for each student in choosing the order and the topics of his/her courses. The programme is designed for two years and can last for a maximum of three years.
The first year focuses on advanced courses (60 credits) and the second year is fully research-oriented (60 credits) as described in the following:
The first year is composed of several blocks (modules).
"Advanced Experimental Physics" (6 credits):
Several advanced courses (6 credits) are offered every year which are eligible for this block.
"Advanced Theoretical Physics" (9 credits):
Four advanced courses (Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Physics of Continua, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics) are offered every year (9 credits each), and one is compulsory for the module.
"Physics Internship" (6 credits)
Students can select between different advanced experiments that are closely related to current research.
The modules "Physics Focus" (12 credits), "Physics Specialisation" (6 credits) and "Advanced Seminar Physics" (6 credits) allow each student to select the subfields of her/his major interest in physics.
The module "Elective A" (9 credits) and the module "Elective B" (6 credits) allow each Master's student to develop his/her interdisciplinary expertise. Each student can select both modules from a rich pool of courses in neighbouring fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Earth Science, Mathematics, or Economics.
The second year of the Master's programme is fully research-oriented. It includes the Project Seminar, the Research Project, and the Master's thesis. It is designed to foster the student's ability to carry out independent scientific work. The Project Seminar and the Research Project prepare students for the Master's thesis. Active participation in both is required. The second year is completed with a Master's thesis (30 credits), which is prepared in international research teams. The Master' thesis has the weight of 60 credits (about 50 percent weight of the Master's programme).