Master of Science in Physics

The next application period for the Physics master's degree programme will start on October 14th 2016. The link to the portal for the online registration will be available after that date.
Please have a look at the update Entry Requirements.


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. 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.

All courses are given in English, therefore an excellent knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite for the admission to this program.

Program Coordinator

  • Dr. Rachele Fermani
    Phone: +49 (0) 731/50-22292

Quick Guide

  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Application period:
    Winter semester: 15.03 - 15.06
    Summer semester: 01.10 - 15.01
  • Start: winter and summer semester 
  • Language: English
  • Tuition fees: None
  • Administrative fees:
    158,50 Euro each semester

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Study Programme

In-depth information for enrolled students

  • Timetable                              
  • Curriculum/Study Plan                How many credits have to be obtained and which modules to be completed.
  • LSF Portal                                       Students can access their grades, register for exams and retrieve courses information.

"Physics MSc Examination Regulation" (2014)

General Examination Regulations of Ulm University (Framework 2013)

Application and Admission

Information for external applicants:

  • How to apply                                Detailed information on how to apply and which documents are required.
  • Entry Requirements                   Condition of eligibility for the Master programme. For detailed information please refer to the official Opens external link in new windowAdmission Statute (2014)

Graduates of the University of Ulm with a BSc degree in Physics or Wirtschaftsphysik, should use the application form "Opens external link in new windowAntrag auf Studiengangwechsel / Umschreibung vom Bachelor in den Master". For more information please follow this Opens external link in new windowLink.


Study Objectives

Students graduating in the Master degree programme in Physics:

  • have a deep knowledge of methods and techniques relevant for the chosen specialization area of physics and as a consequence they are ready to work in a cutting-edge international research environment;
  • have learned to plan, set up and conduct a research project during the second year (e.g. analytic and numeric modelling of a physical system, carrying on experiments in a team or independently);
  • have developed key skills such as the ability to work in a team, independent project planning, communication skills together with a strong commitment in order to reach their objectives.



The Master programme is based on the ongoing research activities at our Physics department. The main research fields are:

and Opens internal link in current windowcourses in one of these fields are to be combined with elective lectures avalaible in our physics department.


Exam Regulations

  • There is an exam for every course (lectures, seminars) at the end of the lecture period of each semester.
  • To attend an exam and earn the credits for the relative course, students must register via the Opens external link in new windowonline study portal .
  • For lab courses students usually have to earn a "Certificate of Achievement" (pass/fail).
  • Exams are usually available for registration in the online study portal from ca. 15th June (summer semester) and 15th January (winter semester).  For courses with few students, the instructor may arrange a date directly with the students.
  • Registration and Cancellation

    • Registration is active till 4 days before the exam date, midnight the latest.
    • If students cannot attend the exams for any reason, they should cancel the exam registration 4 days before the exam date, midnight the latest. 
    • If a student does not show up on an exam date, and has not cancelled his/her registration, the exam will be considered as failed.
    • In case of difficulties with the online portal around deadline for registration, or cancellation, the student should send immediately an email to the Student Registrar, as a proof of either registration or cancellation.
    • If a student fall ill during the three days between registration and the exam date, and cannot attend the exam, should see a doctor an get a medical certificate stating the illness. The medical certificate has to be sent to the Student Registrar as soon as possible.

  • Time period for exams: last week of lecture period + three weeks following lecture period.
  • Passed exams cannot be repeated.
  • Retake Exam

    • Failed exams can be repeated only two times.
    • Time period for retake exams: one week before start of lecture period of the subsequent semester + first week of new lecture period.
    • Courses can have an open or closed retake exam.
    • Open retake exam: the retake exam is open for everyone to attend. 
    • Closed retake exam: the retake exam can be attended only by students who failed in the first exam or who were ill.
    • In case no retake date is listed for an open retake exam please talk to the lecturer about the retake exam.



Financial Issues

Financial Issues

  • There is no tuition fee at Ulm University
  • Students will be asked to pay only administrative fees: 158,50 € per semester
  • Dormitory rooms are provided for international students by the Studierendenwerk Ulm as far as possible. Rent (average): 300 € per month
  • Ulm University does not offer any scholarships for incoming students
  • Information on scholarship programmes can be found at the German Academic Exchange Services Opens external link in new windowDAAD