Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics)

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The Master's degree program in Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics) is a two-year international graduate program, designed to give students an insight into current research trends and new developments in modern physics.

Department of Physics

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

The Master’s degree program gives an insight into current research trends in modern applied physics. Possible areas for specialization within the Master's program are: 

  • Appliedsolidstatephysics - including topics such as magnetism, semiconductor physics,applied superconductivity, spin electronics
  • Energy sciences - including topics such as fuel cells, energy conversion, reactor physics and nuclear technology, nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, renewable energy.
  • Experimentaltechniquesandnumericalmethods - including topics such as physics with neutrons, modern x-ray physics, advanced materials analysis with synchroton radiation, magnetic measurement methods.
  • High energy physics - including topics such as particle detectors, particle physics with highest energy particle colliders, computational physics, data analysis and Monte Carlo methods.
  • Medicalengineering - including topics such as image processing in physics, biomedical physics.
  • Nanosciences - including topics such as nanosystems, nanomaterials, nanostructured soft materials, surface and nanoscale science.
  • Plasma physics - including topics such as plasma physics, fusion research, kinetic plasma physics, magneto hydrodynamics, turbulence in neutral fluids and plasmas.
  • Soft matter science - including topics such as polymer physics, nanostructured soft materials.
  • Science of light - including topics such as quantum optics, ultrafast physics and attosecond science, various light sources from infrared to X-rays, optoelectronics, ultra cold quantum gases. 

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

The Master's program is divided in a course phase of advanced studies in the first two semesters and a research phase in the second year.

During the advanced studies students chose modules from the theoretical physics catalog and a number of special courses from the comprehensive offer. These special courses deal with selected topics of modern physics and reach the frontiers of actual research. Here the diversity of the research activities of our Physics Department is visible and accessible to the students. A student seminar, the advanced lab course and the non-physics elective courses, which give an insight into related sciences of the student's choice complete the profile. A mentor supports students in choosing the courses.

The research phase brings the students directly in contact with current topics of research in physics. After a period of vocational adjustment (Master's seminar and Master's training, 3rd semester) students work on their own research project for the Master's thesis. An intense supervision during the whole research phase is assured by the large number of senior scientists at the campus Garching and students benefit from the excellent research environment with a broad national and international research network.

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.09. - 30.11.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview. 

In detail: 

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application. 

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.