Information about the IMPRS Master programme

Key features

Our new IMPRS programme is a joint effort with the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen. It offers graduate studies in Physics for students holding a Bachelor’s degree in physics. The programme includes a complete course work in fundamental physics and the opportunity for specialization and is followed by a one-year research training (MSc thesis).

  • The language of instruction in the Master programme is English.
  • The stipend of about 800 € per month is provided first by the IMPRS (for 18 months) and for the remaining six months by the MSc thesis advisor.
  • The Master’s programme can be started either in the winter term (October) or in the summer term (April).
  • We also welcome applications from currently enrolled students with excellent academic achievements, but only during their first semester.
  • The acceptance by the University of Erlangen as a Master student is mandatory for the receipt of the stipend.


The first year of study in the Master of Sciences in Physics focuses on theoretical and experimental foundations in modern physics. In addition to obligatory advanced courses, the programme includes elective physics and non-physics courses as well as lab courses. The second year is dedicated entirely to a research project in experimental or theoretical physics, leading to a Master's thesis. The results are presented in a public lecture.

The official MSc schedule can be found online at

Curricular activities for IMPRS Master students consist of three obligatory parts (see "IMPRS Curricula - Master students") besides the regular course curriculum that has to be fulfilled at FAU.

The 2017 Master's degree programme information sheet can be found here.


For admission to the Master's degree programme in Physics, applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree in Physics with excellent grades. Additionally, adequate proficiency in English is required.

Interested students need to submit two applications, one for the master programme at FAU and one for the acceptance into our IMPRS-PL.

The admittance to FAU is one of the preconditions to the final acceptance into our IMPRS programme. But the admission to FAU does not automatically entail the acceptance into our IMPRS.

Application for the IMPRS

Applications will be accepted until May 31st, 2022. Applications received by January 15th, 2022 will be processed by the end of March.

To apply, please send an email to containing one pdf file with the following information:

  • motivation letter
  • CV
  • Highschool certificate (and transcripts)
  • Bachelor certificate (and transcripts)
  • Short abstract of Bachelor thesis
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS test)
  • your FAU application number
  • if available: additional information

Please note: Your personal data will be stored only for application purposes. According to the German privacy law all data of unsuccessful applicants will be deleted after completion of the selection procedure.

Application for the FAU

Application for the master programme at FAU is possible until


•          July 15th (for the winter term, starting in October)

•          January 15th (for the summer term, starting in April)

on .


More information about this application can be found here:

Selection procedure

  • Your application will be evaluated as soon as it has been sent.
  • After a positive evaluation, the applicant will be asked for an interview
    • Candidates living close by will be invited to Erlangen for a personal interview (travel expenses will be reimbursed by the IMPRS)
    • Candidates living far away will be interviewed via video conferencing (e.g. Skype)

For the interview, the applicant should prepare a presentation (including powerpoint or pdf slides) of the bachelor research topic [15-20 minutes] and answer questions [10-15 minutes].

  • Candidates whose interviews have been assessed positively and who have been accepted for the Master of Sciences in Physics at FAU will be admitted to the IMPRS master programme and obtain a stipend

Which means:

Your application has been successful, if you are admitted to FAU and accepted into IMPRS. Regular master courses and the official master certificate will then be offered by university, whereas the IMPRS framework will support you with a monthly stipend, curricular necessities and possibilities and a social Max Planck and IMPRS network.

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