International Master Programs

The Department of Physics of Paderborn University offers three interesting Master Programs with different focuses, all oriented towards current research. The international master program in Physics provides a general, reserach-oriented education that allows different specializations. Optoelectronics & Photonics combines topics from physics and electrical engineering in the field of optical technologies and Material Science combines topics from physics, chemistry and process engineering to process materials for new applications.

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Dr. Sascha Hohmann,
Representative for International Affairs of the Physics Department


The international Master Program of Physics provides a general, thorough, research-oriented scientific education. Specialisation fields are theoretical and experimental physics with focus on materials science and/or optoelectronics.

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Op­to­elec­tron­ics and Photon­ics

The Optoelectronics & Photonics Master combines selected course content from the scientific Physics Masters with current topics in Electrical Engineering. This interdisciplinary concept provides a targeted training of young academics for the field of optical technologies.

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Ma­ter­i­als Sci­ence

The Master program Materials Science combines the competences of materials physics, materials chemistry as well as process engineering in an interdisciplinary union. Profound knowledge is gained in order to process functional materials for new applications.

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Aca­dem­ic Re­quire­ments

(see details on the pages of the different programs)

Bachelor's degree in physics (or equivalent)

The applicant's final grade should be at least 3.0 (according to the German grading system, a GRE may be required).

Lan­guage Re­quire­ments

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills:

Cambridge English Certificate: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) or

TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) or equivalent (e.g., IELTS 6.0). 

Applicants holding a Bachelor's degree from an institution in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, or the USA do not have to provide proof of their English skills. An English-language Bachelor's degree from another country is not enough!

Ap­plic­a­tion for in­ter­na­tion­al Stu­dents

If you are not a citizen from the European Union, you have to apply via Uni-Assist for the Master's programs (you can find details here).

Please consider that you documents have to be ready on time, otherwise you cannot apply for this semester.

Feel free to contact the academic advice!

Aca­dem­ic Ad­vice

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Dr. Sascha Hohmann

Department of Physics

Public Relations & Study Guidance

Write email +49 5251 60-5836