Physics (M.Sc.)

(English-language degree)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Physic (B.Sc.)


Master Studies in Physics

Institute of Physics

Institute of Nuclear Physics


Faculty 08: Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Physics deals with the study of inorganic nature. It provides the fundamental science for other natural sciences and numerous engineering sciences. Two typical and complementary aspects characterize its access to the understanding of nature: On the one hand, natural phenomena are quantitatively analyzed in experiments; on the other hand, the observed laws are formulated in mathematical "language". From these models ("theory"), further projections are made in a wider field of application and are re-examined in experiments. If the models are confirmed, "natural laws" are deduced. If phenomena are found that are not contained in the theory, more comprehensive models must be sought. This explains the division of physics into theoretical physics and experimental physics, which also applies to the main research areas of the Institutes of Physics and Nuclear Physics at Mainz University: Atomic physics, physics of condensed matter, physics of the atmosphere (meteorology), nuclear physics, and particle physics. Mainz offers a particularly wide range of research opportunities, supported by large instruments on site and several research institutes, e.g. various Max-Planck Institutes. Accordingly, there is a broad spectrum of lectures that are directly associated with modern research.

Master entrance requirements

Proof of a Bachelor's degree in Physics with a minimum grade of 2.5 (good) or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad. We require the equivalence of at least

  • 30 CP in experimental physics,
  • 19 CP in laboratory work,
  • 25 CP in theoretical physics,
  • 23 CP in advanced mathematics and calculational methods, as well as
  • 9 CP for a written Bachelor’s thesis.

Applicants with a grade of less than 2.5 may apply for a selection interview. This possibility exists also if at least 80% of the credit points listed above have been achieved or the applicant has not written a Bachelor’s thesis . Requirements to complement the achievements obtained at a foreign university may be imposed. In order to be admitted to the Master’s program,  these requirements may not exceed 27 CP and need to be met in the first year of the Master’s studies.

A sufficient command of the English language at the B2 level is mandatory for entering the Physics Master’s program at the JGU Mainz. To be precise, we require  the successful completion of one of the following tests:

  1. TOEFL “internet-based” test (iBT) of English as Foreign Language, (at least 80 points);
  2. TOEFL “paper-based“ test (PBT) (at least 550 points),
  3. IELTS test (at least 6.0),
  4. Cambridge test certificate in advanced English (CAE), or

5. A certificate proving that your proficiency in the English language is on the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).