The Master degree programme in Physics imparts enhanced mathematical and scientific knowledge together with an overview of interrelations within physics as well as expertise in a field of specialization that connects to current international research, so that complex physical problems can be analyzed, formulated and to a large extent solved by scientific means. In particular, it provides the ability to familiarize oneself with new specialist subfields of physics, to review the pertinent current international scientific literature, to independently design, carry out and interpret experiments or alternatively to utilize models and simulations based on theoretical principles in order to solve physical problems.
Furthermore, it provides the ability to conceive and execute experiments or theoretical methods and assess the results and thereby to draw conclusions about technical developments and the advancement of science.
Complementing these subject-related qualifications, social skills, an awareness of the responsibility of science and the readiness to adhere to the rules of good scientific practice are acquired. Furthermore, the ability to debate complex scholarly topics and one's own scientific results in relation to the current state of research and to deliver written as well as oral presentations is developed.
The degree programme consists of an initial subject specialization phase, in which the students attend taught courses, and a subsequent research phase, which introduces students to independent research work in the field of physics by way of the master’s thesis. The master’s examination is intended to determine whether the students have mastered the principles of physics in terms of content and have acquired the systematic overview and methodological tools required for independent research work in the field of physics and its technological applications.