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Master's degree at the Physics Department

The TUM offers four Master's degree programmes in Physics according to the research foci of the Physics Department:

  • Master of Science in Physics (Condensed Matter Physics) - Physik der Kondensierten Materie, taught in German
  • Master of Science in Physics (Nuclear, Particle and Astrophysics) - Kern-, Teilchen- und Astrophysik, taught in German
  • Master of Science in Physics (Biophysics) - Biophysik, taught in German
  • Master of Science in Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics) - taught in English

All four programmes together cover the complete scientific sprectrum of the Physics Department. Students choose at the beginning the focus of their studies and the field of their Master's degree thesis, which is carried out within one of the research groups in Campus Garching.

All courses built on the Bachelor's degree programme in Physics.

Application and admission

Application is based on an online procedure and it is possible for both winter and summer semester, although starting in the winter semester is recommended. The application deadline for the winter semester is May 31st, while for the summer semester is December 31st.

Oversea-students are encouraged to apply for the winter semester five months in advance until December 31st (summer semester deadline).

You can find further information on the procedure and the admission requirements in the application section.


The Master's degree programmes are divided into two parts, the advanced studies (first year) and the research phase (second year).

The key element of the first year is the special courses catalogue. The courses of this catalogue represent the scientific profile of TUM's Physics Department and introduce students to the state-of-the-art in physics.

The second year, the research phase, forms one integral unit, being the brand mark of our physics studies. Students work independently on a current problem in modern physics within one of our research groups and attain the practical expertise a physicist requires.

The detailed study plan is drawn in the curriculum section.