Course Information

Physics - Master of Science (MSc)

The goals of physics are to gain a deep understanding of the universe at its most fundamental levels and to extend such knowledge to more complicated systems ranging from the subatomic to the cosmological scale.Physics can then be considered the basis for all natural sciences and the bearing structure of any modern technological development. This is well reflected in our master programme in Physics which prepares graduates for careers in research and teaching at the university level or research in industrial laboratories.

Key data

Type of programme

Master of Science (MSc)

Type of study
  • full-time
Study curriculum

Information on the study curriculum

Application

Information for applicants

Start of programme
  • next summer semester: 01.04.2018
  • next winter semester: 01.10.2017
Language of instruction
  • English
Admission
  • no restriction
ECTS credit points

120

Standard period of study (semester)

4

More about the course

Students enrolling in the two year Master's programme will broaden their previous background in general physics and will be supported in carrying on their first independent research project in one of our exciting specialisation areas such as biophysics and soft matter, condensed matter and nanoscience, econophysics, quantum information and quantum technologies. Students have so the opportunity to experience forefront scientific research in an academic international environment.

Graduates from the Master degree programme in Physics:

  • have a deep knowledge of methods and techniques relevant for the chosen specialization area of physics
  • are ready to work in a cutting-edge international research environment
  • have learned to plan, set up and conduct a research project
  • know how to model a physical system both numerically and analitically
  • have developed key skills such as the ability to work in a team and communication skills.

Study

  • Objectives

    • Scope of the program: Scientific principles, experimental research, analytical methods and applications in the field of physics
    • Emphasis on lab work: Students get trained in conducting scientific experiments, recording and analyzing experimental data. Lab courses deal with modern techniques in physics and state-of-the-art experiments close to current academic research.
    • Independent research project: For completion of the program students work independently on an experimental master´s thesis project in an area/institute of their choice.

     

    Educational requirements to be met by future students:

    • Solid undergraduate education in mathematics and physics.
    • Students will attend demanding intensive courses that summarize the basics and lead to advanced topics fast.
    • Willingness to actively participate in classes, labs and seminars.
    • Social skills to live and study in a multicultural, scientifically and personally stimulating environment.
  • Aims and Syllabus

How to Apply

  • Deadline

    Start of application period

    16th March of each year for winter semester

    15th October of each year for summer semester

    End of application period

    15th June of each year for winter semester

    15th January of each year for summer semester

    Start of the programme

    1st October of each year for winter semester

    1st April of each year for summer semester

  • Online registration and documents download

    Please follow the link to the Online Registration.

    You will be asked to enter the following data: personal data, information on Bachelor degree and the university where you obtained it.

    At the end of the online registration, you will receive a confirmation email. 

    Documents to be downloaded before closing the online registration:

    • Data View of your records showing the data you entered.
    • Cover Sheet for the application package, it carries your application number.
    • Application Form to be sent both via email and regular mail.
  • Application form

    After completing the online registration, please proceed to fill the application form. The application form has to be downloaded at the end of the registration procedure, if you have forgotten to do so, please send us an email.

    It is very important that the application form is filled correctly with information on the grading system at your university as well as information on the courses you attended. If the application form is not filled properly, your application will be rejected.

    The filled application form has to be sent by e-mail (excel file is ok) to the address:

    physics.msc(at)uni-ulm.de.

     

    Please enter all the required data:
    • Application number, received during the online registration.
    • Grading system at your university:
      Does a credit point or credit hour system exist at your university? Please enter the max. grade and min. passing grade.
    • Final grade of your Bachelor degree or current grade point average (GPA) of all courses (if you have not yet finished the Bachelor programme).
    • Courses details: title, credit points/credit hours earned, grade (it has to be consistent with the max. /min. passing grade entered). Please copy the title exactly as it is stated on your transcript of records, all the information entered have to be retrievable in your transcript.
  • Documents to send

    Please send the documents listed below (only copies of official documents!) by regular mail to the following postal address:

    Ulm University
    Studienkommission Physik
    MSc Physics
    Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
    89081 Ulm, Germany
    1. Cover sheet Please sign it and fill in the date.
    2. Data View
    3. Application form Printout of the form that was already send by email, please sign it and fill in the date.
    4. Curriculum Vitae
    • The CV has to be complete, i.e. there should be no gaps and should to cover the time period since you finished your Bachelor degree,
    • insert your name, application number and signature.
    5. Transcripts of records (copy!)
    All semesters studied in the Bachelor programme and exams taken have to be reported. If the transcripts are not written in English or German you have to provide copies of the certified English translation.
    6. Official information on Grading
    Unless already reported in the transcripts, please provide an official document from your university on the grading system (maximum grade, minimal passing grade, conversion of letter grades to number grades).
    7. Bachelor degree certificate (copy!)
    The final grade has to be reported.  If the certificate is not in English or German you have to provide copies of the certified English translation.
    8. English certificate (copy!)

    TOEFL (ibT) test with minimum score: 88
    or
    IELTS test with minimum score: 6,5
    or
    any English Language Certificate corresponding to the same according to the CEFR (Common European Framework Reference for Languages)
    or
    evidence that the Bachelor was completed exclusively in English.

    Applicants who are English native speakers don't have to submit any English test result.

    Students are welcome to apply without an English certificate, however they should plan a test as soon as possible. A valid English certificate has to be presented at the moment of enrollment the latest.

    9. APS-certificate (original!)
    Required for students from China, Vietnam and Mongolia.
    Further information: APS China, APS Vietnam, APS Mongolia
    10.* Module HandbookWe strongly recommend all non-EU applicants to send the Module Handbook containing the module description, workload and hours of lessons. This is mostly in the interest of each applicant as it would greatly help the Admission Commission in the evaluation process.

    You will obtain a confirmation e-mail once we received all necessary documents.


    Please note:
    • We do not accept documents sent by fax or attached to e-mails (only exception: application form which has to be sent both via e-mail and by regular mail).
    • All envelopes sent have to contain a copy of the cover sheet carrying your name and application number to ensure that the documents can be allocated correctly.
    • Application is not valid if documents are sent without prior online registration.
    • Do not send any certificates not related to your academic or professional qualifications.
    • We cannot return any documents.
     
  • Ulm Students

    Graduates of the University of Ulm with a BSc degree in Physics or Wirtschaftsphysik, should use the application form "Antrag auf Studiengangwechsel / Umschreibung vom Bachelor in den Master". For more information please read here.

Admission

  • Entry Requirements

    To be eligible for the "Physics" Master of Science programme, the following qualifications are needed:


    1. Bachelor Degree

    Bachelor degree in Physics
    or
    any comparable study course with essentially the same content at any institute of higher education in Germany or abroad.

    2. Good proficiency of English

    TOEFL (ibT) test with minimum score: 88
    or
    IELTS test with minimum score: 6,5
    or
    any English Language Certificate corresponding to the same according to the CEFR (Common European Framework Reference for Languages)
    or
    evidence that the Bachelor was completed exclusively in English.

    Applicants who are English native speakers don't have to submit any English test result.

    Students are welcome to apply without an English certificate, however they should plan a test as soon as possible. A valid English certificate has to be presented at the moment of enrollment the latest.

    3.  Strong academic records

    Final Bachelor Grade (GPA in German grade system): 2.4 or better
    or
    final thesis with grade 2.0 or better
    or
    evidence that you are among the top 20% of your class.

    If the Bachelor has not been completed yet, an average GPA of 2.7 or better on all the examination results obtained by the date of application (the volume thereof must be equivalent to 140 or more ECTS).

    4. Sufficient knowledge of experimental and theoretical physics and of mathematicsKnowledge and competences in theoretical and experimental physics, as well as in mathematics, closely comparable to the ones of a Physics Bachelor at Ulm University. For non-EU students, this is checked via the Module Handbook.
  • Admission Statute

    For detailed information on our admission requirements, please have a look at our  Admission Statute (2014).

  • After Admission

    Most foreign students have to apply for a student visa at the German Embassy in their home country. German Immigration Law does not allow to change the Immigration status whilst in Germany; do not enter with a tourist visa!

    As soon as you know about your admission make an appoinment at the nearest embassy or consulate. Go there immediately after receiving the admission letter. Be aware that the visa procedure will take several weeks (up to 3 months). The embassy will inform you about the details of your visa application. Usually you have to present the following at the Embassy:

    1. our letter of admission (Zulassung)
    2. our Information for the Embassy
    3. a proof of your financial means (700 Euro/month at the least). Be prepared to show a bank statement covering the full expenses of the first year
    4. in addition to the above the respective embassy may require you to submit additional material - check with your nearest German embassy

    The excellent frequently asked questions pool at the DAAD website is a good resource (select from drop-down menu at the top of the page).

    Services and assistance

    Together with the admission letter you will receive detailed information on services we provide. We will assist you in finding housing, i.e. we will make reservations in the students' dormitories.
    Upon arrival a senior student will meet and assist you during your first hours on foreign terrain. You will soon meet your new classmates and become familiar with your new surroundings.

Professional Prospects

  • Positions in industry

    A wide range of careers are open to physicists given their scientific and analytic training:

    • Research and development positions in government-funded labs and private research industries
    • Scientific and technological areas: material science, computer programming, automotive and aerospace research, manufacturing and technology-based areas, healthcare sector
    • Specialized applications such development and test of new products and processes
    • Patent searches and writing
    • Sales and Marketing positions: identification of potential customers and information about new products technical aspects
  • Career in Academia

    • PhD in Germany and all over the world
    • Teaching
    • Research

Campus life

  • Links - Uni Ulm

  • Support services, Counselling & Co.

    The International Office and Studierendewerk Ulm provide a broad range of advising and assistance services for international students, from housing service, canteen, tandem programmes and so on. Please have a look at the links below for more information on the services provided.

  • Fees and costs

    FeesThe government has introduced tuition fees for students from outside the European Union starting their study in Baden-Württemberg from winter semester 2017/18. This means that non-EU students starting in 2017 or later need to pay 1,500 Euro per semester.
    Living Expenses
    1. Administrative fee: ~ 160 € each semester
    2. Health insurance: ~ 80 € each month
    3. Rent: approximally 300 € each month
    4. Public transportation (semester ticket): ~ 120 € each semester
    5. General cost of living (depending on the lifestyle): 400 € each month
    For a more detailed overview, please consult this page.
    Financial AssistanceUlm University does not provide scholarships for incoming students. Please check the DAAD Website.
    Proof of financial resourcesMany German embassies require students to prove that they dispose of a specific amount of money (approx. 8000 €) on a German bank account before a visa will be issued. Please inquire at the German embassy in your country for specific requirements.

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