- Master of Science
- Start of Studies:
- Winter Semester, Summer Semester
- Standard Period of Studies:
- 4 semesters
- ECTS Credits:
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What does that mean?
ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.
First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
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
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What does that mean?
You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.
Admission to First Semester
Admission to Higher Semesters
Dates and Deadlines
The RWTH Aachen University offers a novel international Master’s program in physics. Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to flexibly choose a desired course of study falling either into the research direction of Particle and Astroparticle Physics or Condensed Matter Physics, with an experimental or a theoretical focus. The large physics department in Aachen, comprising of 11 research institutes, provides a rich variety of basic and specialised Master’s courses and an opportunity to participate in top-quality research at one of the best technical universities in Germany.
RWTH Aachen University is a world renowned institution in the international community of particle physicists, both in theoretical and experimental fields. Our institutes are involved in the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, at which the last sought-after elementary particle of the standard model was discovered, the Higgs-Boson. Questions from astroparticle physics and cosmology are also answered through involvement in the AMS experiment on the International Space Station.
The research groups in the Department of Physics have strong international networks. For this reason the international experience of our graduates is very important to us. We happily support stays abroad, see Programs Abroad, however work with international research groups during Master theses also offers diverse opportunities for international experiences. Furthermore, the international physics Master course of study is held in English.
As a technical university, RWTH Aachen offers physics students in particular many possibilities to get to know interdisciplinary topics in engineering. This is illustrated in the Master's specialization fields nanoelectronics and Quantum Technology, which are offered together with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology or the Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Technology are also collaborators.
Overall, physics studies in Aachen offer graduates a great deal, that prepares them outstandingly for later professional challenges, whether they be in basic research or in industry.
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 available specialised courses can vary from term-to-term or year-to-year. 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 defense colloquium).
You can find more information about the schedule on the department website.
Tracks of Study
- Experimental Particle Physics
- Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology
- Quantum Field Theory and Gauge Theories
- Experimental Condensed Matter Physics ,
- Quantum Technology
- Condensed Matter Theory
Courses from other Master´s programs can be selected to specialize in one of the following subsidiary subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Economics, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Chemistry, Energy Technology, Computer Science, Geophysics, Crystallography, Laser Technology, Aerospace Technology, Mathematics, Patent System, Philosophy, Technical Acoustics, Process Technology, Electronic Materials, Physics of Materials.
Some of these courses are not taught in English.
The Department of Physics maintains research and teaching collaborations with a number of European and non-European universities. Stays abroad in the shape of internships and study abroad are highly recommended. It is possible to complete one or two semesters abroad at one of our numerous European partner universities during the first academic year as part of the ERASMUS program. You can find details and experience reports on the department website. Here you can get an overview of all of RWTH’s international collaborative programs.
Laboratory Courses and Research Projects
The laboratory courses take place in special laboratories of the physics department which offer an excellent up to date equipment. The courses of the first year of study provide the qualification for the research project of the second year of study. The results of this research project are described and presented in the Master’s thesis.
The research project can be chosen from one of the current research fields in the department of physics, the Forschungszentrum Jülich or another institute of RWTH Aachen University. Here you can find an overview of the research activities of the department. Collaboration with the international partners in these research activities is desired.
In order to be sufficiently qualified for the Master’s course in Physics the student applicant must have acquired a fundamental education in physics with knowledge as it is acquired in a regular Bachelor’s program in physics. The specific requirements can be found in the examination regulations of the Master’s program. The decision on the admission of the candidates is taken by the board of examiners. Please contact the Departmental Student Advising for further questions.
The Master’s program in physics is an international program. Courses are taught in English language. Student applicants who have not obtained their academic qualification at an English-language institution or who are not English native speakers must prove sufficient fluency in English. Please contact the Departmental Student Advising for further questions.
Master’s College for International Students
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 other countries, do not meet the requirements for admission. For these students, the Department of Physics and the International Academy, as 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 the Master's College for more information.
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Detailed informations on career persepectives can be found at the website of the German Physical Society.
Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.
Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.
The Master course of study in Physics is offered by the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences.