Document Actions

Physics (M.Sc.)

Taught in German




The Master's programme in Physics at the Justus Liebig University Giessen is a consecutive programme based on relevant Bachelor's degrees in the field of physics. Further information on admission can be found in the category "Application".

The programme is research-oriented. The ability to develop solutions to problems by means of innovative ideas, already acquired in the Bachelor's programme, is further deepened by working independently on smaller research projects, in particular within the framework of the Master's thesis.

This course of study is divided into a one-year long foundation course and a one-year long in-depth and specialisation study. These subject areas can be selected at the beginning of the 1st semester:

  • A: Subatomic Physics

with topics from nuclear and hadron physics, particle physics and heavy ion physics. These areas, represented in theory and experiment, also radiate into applications in the field of nuclear astrophysics and are rooted in the experimental part in the development of novel radiation detectors and associated electronics.

  • B: Solid-State Physics

with a broad spectrum of individual alignment variants such as industry-oriented research in the fields of micro- and nanostructuring, thin semiconductor layers, sensor technology, semiconductor electronics or basic research in the extensive field of solid state physics, both in experiments and in theory.

  • C: Atom, Plasma, and Space Flight Physics

The study contents in this focus are basics and applications of accelerator-oriented atomic and ion physics, the physics of plasmas and their applications in astrophysics and energy generation by nuclear fusion as well as in the development of ion sources for space propulsion and surface coatings, material-physical aspects in space travel and of course also the physical basics of space travel technology itself.

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


Since 23 June 2005

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme

This course of study is divided into a one-year long foundation course and a one-year long in-depth and specialisation study.

These subject areas can be selected at the beginning of the 1st semester:

  • A: Subatomic Physics
  • B: Solid-State Physics
  • C: Atom, Plasma, and Space Flight Physics

Within the first two semesters the basics are taught in the specialisations, in the third semester they are deepened and specialisation is achieved.

The Master`s degree course consists of 14 modules,  in Physics and 12 of which are physics modules and 2 freely selectable modules.

A focus area is composed of:

  • 24 cp: basic education (basic modules I-IV)
  • 24 cp: advanced studies (advanced modules I+IV)
  • 20 cp: in-depth studies (in-depth module I+II)
  • 10 cp: specialisation (induction to the topic of the Master thesis)
  • 30 cp: Master Thesis
  • 12 cp: freely selectable modules

The Master thesis in the 4th semester leads to the 2nd degree, the Master of Science, qualifying for a profession.


Further Information

A description of the core- and specialisation modules can be found in the special regulations with module descriptions and module plans (in German)

More on this... ("Spezielle Ordnung")


Courses offered in the course catalogue


Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

The requirement for acceptance into the Master`s course is a completed  Bachelor's degree.
The following degrees can be recognized as equivalent:

  1. Bachelor's degree in Physics at a German University
  2. Bachelor's degree in Advanced Materials (BSc) -p.r.n. special requirements- at Justus Liebig University Gießen

Further equivalent degree courses completed at other Universities in Germany or abroad can be recognised. The academic profile of the previous degree course should show a broad scientific education including adequate basics in Mathematics, Physics and preferably in Chemistry, Informatics or Numeric Mathematics. The focus on Physics or Physics related subjects must be visible.
The decision on whether or not the prior course of studies matches the required profile is taken by the Physics faculty board of examiners at JLU Gießen. In particular cases admission can be obtained by taking an additional examination.

Application not limited

Application for admission and registration

  • The intake capacity of this degree programme is not limited internally by the university.
  • Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by 15th January for the summer semester and 15th July for the winter semester. More on this...
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Career Options

Career options

Career Options

During your studies you will acquire a broad qualification profile, especially in areas that require analytical, systematic and synthetic skills. This will give you a professional perspective in a whole range of professions and sectors and - especially after completing your doctorate - very good opportunities on the job market.


Important fields of activity for physicists can be found in the following industries (cf. Koppel 2016:27):

  • Education and teaching,
  • Technical services,
  • Metal and electrical industry as well as
  • Information and communication services.


Job profiles in which physicists are employed are in particular (ibid.: 21):

  • Teaching and research occupations,
  • Working occupation "Physicist" (about 1/5 of physicists),
  • Engineering professions,
  • MINT expert occupations (MINT=mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology) and
  • Expert professions in economics, e.g. in management consulting and communication


but also a variety of other possible fields of activity in which the above-mentioned competences are important.


Source and supplementary information:

DPG - Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, 2008, Physik konkret, Juni 2016: Arbeitsmarkt für

Additional information:



International: incomings

Information about studying at Justus Liebig University Giessen (incomings)

Departmental contact persons:

Faculty 07



International Office
General counseling of international students
Dr. Saltanat Rakhimzhanova, Patrycja Zakrzewska

Goethestr. 58, Room 38
35390 Giessen

Contact and office hours

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study

Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Any Questions

Any Questions?

Information- and advisory services of JLU can be found under the category “contact” on this page!


Subject Advisors

Subject Advisor

Prof. Dr. Lorenz von Smekal
Institut für Theoretische Physik I
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16, room 420
35392 Giessen
Tel.: 0641 - 99 33300

Prof. Dr. Michael Dürr
Institut für Angewandte Physik
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16, room 531
35392 Giessen
Tel.: 0641 - 99 33490


Central Study Advisor

Central Student Services

Directions and welcome desk