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M.Sc. Physics

Degree awarded
Master of Science (M.Sc.)

University of Kassel
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Institute of Physics
Heinrich-Plett-Straße 40, 34132 Kassel, Germany

0049 561 804 4775

Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
4 semesters

Date of commencement
Winter or summer semester

Application deadline
01.03. - 15.07. for the winter semester
01.09. – 15.01. for the summer semester

Class size
Lecture < 20

Cost / fees
No tuition fee.
Administrative fee: approx. 300€/semester

Student grants / Financial assistance
Please see the German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship Database:

Accommodation available.

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
Research, various industries, IT, financial sector, consulting

Exchange partner schools
Various, e.g. Technical University of Madrid, Spain; Czech Technical University in Prague; Israel Institute of Technology

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students 50/50
3. Age range 20-30 years

Admission requirements
Please see:

Programme Director
Prof. Dr. Thomas Giesen

Contact details for application
Dr. Andreas Hans
Telephone: +49 561 804-4062
Fax: +49 561 804-4150
E-mail: hans(at)

University of Kassel, Germany
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Institute of Physics

M.Sc. Physics

Master’s Programme in Physics

The interaction between light and matter, quantum dynamics and control, nanostructures, laboratory astrophysics, magnetic layers and surface physics are the main research topics at the Institute of Physics at the University of Kassel. In our Master’s Programme in Physics, you will have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scientists on highly topical issues in basic and applied research.

A special research area dealing with “Extreme Light for the Analysis and Control of Molecular Chirality“ (ELCH) gives you the chance to use the most advanced tools in experimental and theoretical atomic and molecular physics, as well as in optics and quantum optics (AMO) in the gas phase to control and manipulate chirality at the single molecule level.

In laboratory astrophysics, you can use precision spectroscopy to study exotic molecules and clusters that otherwise only exist in interstellar space and compare your laboratory readings with astronomical observations to detect previously unidentified molecules.

In technical physics, for example, you analyse semiconductor nanostructures and nanophotonic components for optical communication and quantum information processing and optimise them using semiconductor quantum dots.

At the Centre for Interdisciplinary Nanostructure Science and Technology (CINSaT), you can work on interdisciplinary research issues from the nanostructure sciences at the interface between physics, chemistry, biology and the engineering sciences.

These and other research topics in the University of Kassel’s Master of Physics Programme will prepare you for a scientific career and research-related work in future industrial projects. We offer you fascinating experiments in our own laboratory and elaborate modelling in theoretical physics, both of them in a multinational research team environment with an intensive exchange of ideas – ideal conditions for a subsequent doctorate or entry into the profession.

As a precondition, you should have completed a bachelor's degree in physics and want to work in research. Then the Institute of Physics is the right place for you.

Other courses offered by University of Kassel, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • M.Sc. in Mathematics
  • M.Sc. in Nanoscience

  • The University of Kassel

    The University of Kassel is a young, modern, and vibrant university, characterized by its openness to new ideas in every single area of its work. Receptivity, initiative, transdisciplinary thinking and unconventionality are traits we cherish and welcome in studies, research and teaching, but also in knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial ventures, to which the university provides special support. We aspire to develop, validate and implement ideas – even if they are not yet in the mainstream.

    The University of Kassel has an unconventional profile with fields of expertise in nature, technology, culture and society. Questions relating to the future of our planet and our existence such as globalization, climate change, environmental protection as well as questions regarding the evolution of technical systems or demographic change are characteristic of our profile in both research and teaching.

    With more than 23,000 students and approximately 1,800 scholars, among them more than 300 professors, the University of Kassel is one of Germany’s mid-sized universities. It plays a key role in the development of the northern Hesse region, but its profile also attracts many students and scholars from across Germany and abroad. We nurture creativity, critical analysis, ethical reflection and unconventional thinking.

    Extending the development of academic fields beyond their boundaries is another marker for many University of Kassel research centers searching for sustainable answers to our most important questions. This focus offers scholars and scientists exciting challenges and also paves the way for students into their lives and careers.

    The University of Kassel views itself as a European university. It has an international focus and networks around the world. Internationalisation plays a central role in both courses and teaching, but also in research and in the transfer of knowledge.

    Within its fields of competence, the University of Kassel has established the following focus areas:
    • Technical system simulation - Industrial system technology
    • Nanostructure and molecular sciences
    • Educational research including university research
    • National and global social policy, development policy and decent work
    • Environment, climate and nutrition
    • Energy supply systems of the future
    • Culture and gender research
    • Social useful IT-Design
    Several research approaches have a common platform in scientific centers and interdisciplinary research groups across different faculties. Among these is the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanostructure Science and Technology (CINSaT). Here, a main focus is the research interdisciplinarity of nanotechnology. Due to the extension of departments beyond biology, chemistry and physics this scientific center of the University of Kassel requests and promotes the cooperation of miscellaneous working groups.

    Based on the contribution of the special expertises of the groups, specific novel project ideas are developed to fabricate, analyze, and characterize nanostructures and are implemented into new applications.

    Within the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanostructure Science and Technology (CINSaT), 32 scientific groups work on their vision for the future of nano science. By this, CINSaT is a nucleus for pursuing nano science activities at the University of Kassel, with a broad participation from the departments of ‘mathematics and natural science’, ‘electrical engineering and computer science’, ‘civil engineering’, ‘mechanical engineering’ and ‘philosophy’.