The Master's course is based on a solid Bachelor's degree obtained in physics or related science fields with sufficient knowledge of physics. Teaching in the Master's course focuses on two major physical fields, which participants can choose from among: functional nano-systems, non-linear physics, photonics and magnonics, material physics, solid state physics in restricted dimensions, nuclear and particle physics. In addition, a non-physical subject must be chosen from the vast selection offered by a full university, e.g. computer science, biophysics, geophysics, German language, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and many more.
Educational organisationThe first year of the programme is devoted to lectures in small learning groups, experimental and theoretical exercises, lab courses and seminars. The second year is reserved for students' own research, the Master's project, which is conducted in one of the many research groups of the faculty under the supervision of leading scientists in their respective fields.
Study abroad unit(s)Not obligatory, but possible; the faculty offers organised contacts with universities in France, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Forms of assessmentOral exams, evaluation of lab reports and seminar presentations. In total, the Master's course comprises a total of 120 ECTS.
Course objectivesSuccessful graduates of the Master's programme have acquired the competence to conduct applied or fundamental research and to take on challenging tasks in industrial research and development. In two important research fields, students obtain sufficient detailed knowledge to be able to take part in cutting-edge research. Designing experiments, developing complex computer programmes, presenting talks, writing scientific reports or articles and cooperating within a research team are key capabilities which are developed in independent work during an extended research project.
Language requirementsCandidates must provide proof of their German or English skills. German: TestDaF 3, DSH 1 or Level B2 or equivalent. English: Level B2 or equivalent
Academic requirementsA Bachelor's degree in physics or related fields with a minimum grade "C"
Enrolment feesSocial semester fee of 240 EUR per semester, including a semester ticket covering public transport for the greater Münster area and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia
Costs of livingApprox. 700 EUR per month to cover accommodation, insurance, and personal expenses
Job opportunitiesStudents may find job opportunities on the commercial job market. Furthermore, for suitably qualified second-year students the faculty offers several jobs as tutors or mentors to more junior students in Bachelor's courses.
Arrival supportSupport and advice can be organised by the "Erasmus Professor" of the faculty and the students' council ("Fachschaft").
Services and support for international studentsThe university offers advice and help via its International Office.
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