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 or in a close related subject. 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).

  • With the successful completion of our Master programme, qualification for further PhD studies in the framework of our IMPRS is automatically achieved.
  • The language of instruction in the Master programme is English.
  • The stipend that is provided during the Master programme is about 800 € per month for the duration of the MSc programme. We also welcome applications from currently enrolled students with excellent academic achievements. The acceptance by the University of Erlangen as a Master student is mandatory for the receipt of the stipend.

Structure of the Master programme in Physics

The first year of study 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. As an option, "Physics Methods and Applications in Medicine" can be selected as a core focus of the Master's course. In this case, a set of specialized lectures and lab courses must be attended, and the research phase will focus on a corresponding topic. Upon successful completion, this focus is explicitly certified in the Master's documents.

The official MSc schedule can be found online at

Curricular activities for IMPRS Master students also consist of three obligatory parts (see "IMPRS Curricula - MSc 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 or equivalent with excellent grades. Additionally, adequate proficiency in English is required. A more detailed outline of the requirements for admission is given later in the text or on the welcome page of our online application programme.

Application is possible twice a year in the periods

                December 15th – January 31st

                April 1st – May 1st

The graduate studies in Physics can be started either in the winter term (October) or in the summer term (April).

The first step of the application process is the online registration.

Apply on-line at

You will be asked to enter your personal data and information regarding your previous academic studies. The system will also ask you for the names of two academic teachers or supervisors who are able and willing to evaluate your personality, experience, and intellectual merit. At the end of the online registration you must upload your certificates and submit your application. Only after your two referees have uploaded their letters of recommendation into the system, the application will be completed and evaluated.

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.

Selection procedure

  • Pre-selection of candidates on the basis of the submitted documents
  • Shortlisted 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)

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