Physics (M.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester


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.)


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 3.3 (satisfactory) or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad, of which at least two-thirds of the study and examination qualifications are in Physics. A selection interview is required for applicants with a Bachelor’s degree with a grade less than 3.3 (satisfactory) or a non-equivalent final degree.

It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. Proof is not required.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the “German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)” is required for foreign applicants from non-German-speaking countries. Almost all classes will be given in English upon request.


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).

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