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Master of Science in Physics: International Program

The Institute of Physics has redesigned the Master's degree programme tailored to the needs of foreign students. The new programme will start in October 2015. Please switch to new site.

The regulations for the "old" progamme M.Sc. in Physics are in effect until March 31st, 2018 for those students who have enrolled not later than winter semester 2014/15.

Why would you want to join Rostock University?

Rostock University, being one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe, is rich in tradition but also proudly innovative in many ways. After German unification, the newly-won freedom was used to implement a major organizational overhaul and a full relaunch of structures, staff, and all research and teaching programs. This major improvement now bears fruit, as is reflected in all recent evaluations.

Consider Physics: In a recent independent evaluation this institute has been ranked No. 1 in teaching quality among all physics departments throughout the German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). At the same time the Institute of Physics receives high marks for its top notch research.

Do not take our word for it!
Check here what past and current participants say about their Rostock experience! 

Evgeni Shoifet; Yeong Zen Chua (3. from left); Sonia Gholami  

In a nutshell: Facts about the International Master's program

Language: English throughout. Should you enjoy to learn the German language, you also have the possibility to attend courses in German, but there is no obligation.

Duration: 4 semesters = 2 years. Program starts annually in October. (Please submit your application by August 1).

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Curriculum

Which specializations are available? You choose your major and minor subject from these specializations:

  • Optics and Laser Physics
  • Physics of Nanomaterials
  • Physics of Particles and Fields 
  • Physics of Atmosphere and Oceans

Structure: First year, mostly courses. Second year, mostly preparation of thesis. For more detail see curriculum. To prepare your thesis you will join one of our research groups (you choose!) and have the chance to take an active part in an actual research project. Then you write up a report of your progress and results – your thesis!

We will be happy to advise on your more specific questions – don't hesitate to ask: boris.hage(at)uni-rostock.de

Degree: The successful student is awarded the degree of a Master of Science. Enjoy the benefit of quality teaching and a reputed degree "Made in Germany".

Is there more beyond? Absolutely. More than half of this program's graduates have stayed on to pursue a doctoral degree. There are no academic or administrative obstacles hindering the transition.

Cost: There is no tuition fee. It is a tradition in Germany that education is considered a common good that should be accessible to all. The German taxpayer subsidizes the cost of universities. A few German universities recently began charging tuition, but Rostock is not among them.

Fringe Benefits: Germany is one of the major economies of the world. Over centuries it has acquired a reputation in science and humanities, as well as in culture and the arts. To be immersed in this country will be a unique experience. You will likely pick up some of the language (you may also want to get serious about that; we offer language classes). This will enable you to grasp German culture in its various facets, and also obtain an impression how the national psyche copes with the darkest spots in our history.
Rostock (population 200 000) is located ca. 200 km each from two of the largest German cities, Berlin (the capital) and Hamburg. Rostock is on the shores of the Baltic Sea; the area is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Germany. There is ample opportunity to enjoy wonderful beaches and more – even the most diligent student appreciates that! 

Requirements: Entry qualification

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree in Physics or equivalent.

Applicants must have a good working knowledge of English.

Application details

  • Application documents
  • Certified copies
  • Application deadlines

See here.

What is the degree good for?

 Graduates will be qualified to find employment in a wide range of professions. Employers include commercial enterprises in all fields of technology, including computer and information technology, environmental monitoring and protection, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, and many more, as well as public and private universities and research laboratories. The degree is also the launch point for any scientific career.

Physics deals with items big and small: from the most minute elementary particles to the vastness of the universe as a whole. Quantitative methods are used to analyze the complexity of things around us. For this reason, methods and results from physics are often applied to fields such as chemistry, biology, or engineering – this widens the options for career paths available to holders of a degree in physics. Past experience shows that even careers as management consultants or in the insurance industry are pursued frequently and successfully.

 

Interested? Contact for all further questions boris.hage(at)uni-rostock.de.
Download the Program Flyer.

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