Master of Science 

Start of studies: winter semester
Standard Period of Study: 4 semesters
Teaching Language: English

PHYSICS is a two-year research oriented Master of Science program, divided into four semesters. Students attend lectures, seminars and a laboratory course during the first two semesters and concentrate on their thesis research during the 3rd and 4thsemester. 

The elective module offers the chance to focus on either experimental or theoretical physics and the thesis research is conducted within the institutes of the Physics Department of the University of Stuttgart or with a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.


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Excellent graduates of qualified B.Sc. degrees in physics, interested in solid state physics and eager to contribute to fundamental research.

The Department of Physics at the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research are well known for their outstanding scientific research on solid state physics, atom and quantum optics, photonics, soft matter physics, strongly correlated many-body systems, physical modelling, and numerical simulation. PHYSICS students join the institutes for their one-year research projects and become fully integrated in the work of the group.

PHYSICS graduates mainly pursue academic careers at universities and research laboratories, whereas some choose professional paths in data science, consultancies, or R&D departments.

Studying abroad: what opportunities does the University of Stuttgart have to offer?

Are you interested in going on exchange for a semester or two? Or would you rather do some research or attend a language course? Have you ever thought of joining a Summer School or planned an internship abroad? Whatever you have in mind for your exchange, the International Office will help you make your stay abroad an unforgettable experience. The first step will be to sign up online for our information sessions at the International Office that are offered on a regular basis. We look forward to your registration!

Application and admission: how do I get a place at the University?

Admission Requirements

  • A qualified bachelor degree in Physics or an equivalent degree in Physics or in a related field of study

The complete information on the admission process, required knowledge of English, and the criteria for the assessment of professional suitability can be found in the admission regulations.

Language Requirements

  • Very good knowledge of English, non-Native speakers need a language certificate (TOEFL or equivalent test results) as proof.
  • Successful participation in the intensive German language course offered before the first semester. Students with very good knowledge of the German language can get exempted from the Intensive Course.
Admission regulation  – July 31, 2015

Application period for the winter semester: November 15 – March 1

The winter semester starts in October.

How is the program structured?

Electives to choose from:

  • Advanced Atomic Physics
  • Advanced Optics
  • Advanced Simulation Methods
  • Advanced Statistical Physics
  • Physics of Soft and Biological Matter
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Materials (Magnetism; Superconductivity: Low-Dimensional Materials; Topological Aspects of Condensed Matter Physics)
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Simulation Methods in Physics
  • Solid State Spectroscopy
  • Solid State Theory
  • Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking and Field Theory
  • Stochastic Dynamics

The Module Guide describes the modules and the required courses belonging to the module. The Module Guide (also called module handbook) is published in the Campus Management System C@MPUS [de] (please click as follows: choose the degree - click on the book behind the study program's name).

PHYSICS: a highly competitive M.Sc. program

PHYSICS is a highly competitive two-year international MSc program with a strong focus on research. The collaboration of the University of Stuttgart’s Department of Physics and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research ensures an excellent education. We offer a vibrant learning environment for young physicists from all over the world who strive to become well-equipped for a career in science.

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Patric Rommel

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Course Director PHYSICS

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