Master of Science Physics

The two year Master’s degree program is strongly oriented towards research on the “frontier of knowledge” and places an emphasis on practical training. In Mainz, our programs in Physics include the following subject areas that many of our research groups contribute to:

  • Quantum and atomic physics
  • Hadron and nuclear physics
  • Particle and astroparticle physics
  • Condensed matter physics

In the first year of the Master’s program, students can select from a wide range of courses in both theoretical and experimental fields. Our goal is to provide students with room for flexibility in the Master’s degree program, allowing them to determine the focus of their studies. The second year is reserved for a comprehensive research project that is completed with the Master’s thesis. This is when – with the assistance of their supervisors – students determine their chosen field of research. Although not obligatory, it makes sense if the topic corresponds to the student’s selected specialist lectures.

During the course of the Master’s program, students will be integrated into one of more than fifty different scientific groups and will work at the forefront of science. They will also have the chance to participate in international research or work in international university laboratories. During the course of their research, students will work with state-of-the-art equipment and work in cooperation with other academics in their field. Students will be assisted and advised by a supervisor as well as an experienced member of the research group. On top of mathematical abilities, students will acquire soft skills such as cooperativeness, problem solving skills, as well as writing and presentation techniques. Since the beginning of the winter term 2016/2017 all courses belonging to this Master's degree program are exclusively held in English.

Since summer term 2021, we offer the Excellence Track, an extension program of the M. Sc. in Physics at JGU.