Entry requirements and Admission for the Physics M. Sc.

Reference on evalution criteria from March 2016 onwards:

Please note that starting from March 2016 - application for Winter Semester 2016/17, the Physics Admission Commission will proof that succesfull candidates have obtained knowledge 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 more information, please have a look at the Module Handbook of B.Sc. Physics and at the M.Sc. Physics Admission Statute.  
Moreover, in case the final Bachelor grade is worse than 2.4 in German grades, the final thesis will be considered as a valid admission criterion if the amount and scope of work done is comparable with a Bachelor Thesis at Ulm University (10 ECTS on a total of 180 ECTS).


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

1. Bachelor Degree

Bachelor degree in Physics
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
IELTS test with minimum score: 6,5
any English Language Certificate corresponding to the same according to the CEFR (Common European Framework Reference for Languages)
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
final thesis with grade 2.0 or better
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.

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

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.

Dr. Rachele Fermani

Coordinator M. Sc. "Advanced Materials" and M. Sc. "Biophysics"

Room N25/3101
Office hours: Mo-Thu 9 am - 12 am

Department of Physics 
Ulm University
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm, Germany

Tel.: ++49 (0) 731-50-22292