Physics (Condensed Matter Physics)

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's program in Condensed Matter Physics covers one of the widest ranging fields in physics, and combines fundamental research with innovative applied fields.

Department of Physics

The application deadline for the summer semester 2021 for this programme is extended once until 18.12.2020.

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
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

As an area of research, Condensed Matter Physics represents one of the most diverse fields in physics. Of central interest is an array of fascinating phenomena, defined by the complex interplay and spatial organization of a variety of atomic or molecular constituents. Understanding and monitoring the material systems, interfaces, and nanostructures under investigation places the highest demands on the art of experimentation, as well as on theoretically informed descriptions. The knowledge gained as a result enables the development of novel properties for customized functional materials and components.

The program combines fundamental research into solid state elements, nanostructures, and new materials with applications in lasers, solar cells, super strong magnets, or biosensors. In accordance with students' interests, specialization is possible in one of three areas: applied solid state physics, the nanosciences, or soft materials.

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

The master's program in Condensed Matter Physics offers a high degree of flexibility when creating your own study and competency profile. With the help of a mentor, you can organize your study program in the first year of studies individually.

The degree concludes with the master's thesis.

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German 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 German 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 German.

As a graduate, you have at your disposal extensive knowledge of the discipline-specific fundamentals of condensed matter physics. You are also familiar with current research topics in this area.

Furthermore, in accordance with your individual specialization, you possess an individual competency profile that incorporates advanced knowledge of applied solid state physics, nanosciences, or soft materials.

Upon successfully concluding the master's program in Condensed Matter Physics, opportunities arise across a broad professional spectrum. This ranges from industry and the service provider sector to research and development.

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: 01.04. - 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.

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