Study information
Key facts
Master of Science
4 Semester
Teaching language
English, German
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
250,27 €
Study start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
Find your application procedure

Programme summary

In this master's programme, students will deepen their knowledge of both experimental and theoretical physics and pursue specialisation in several sub disciplines of physics. Moreover, they will learn how to design and implement research concepts in the field, analyse complex physical problems across sub disciplines, and find solutions to these problems.

Special features

Students may choose from the following areas of specialisation: astronomy/astrophysics, solid-state physics/materials science, gravitational and quantum theory, and optics. 16 credits points must be earned in the selected field and the student must write his or her master's thesis on a topic in the same sub discipline. Students complete one or two additional modules from the above-mentioned areas to ensure a well-rounded education.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme are equipped with the key competences (such as social skills and teamwork) that are required for a research-oriented and academically based occupation. They are qualified to pursue a career in the field of physics within and outside the university.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent Show content

For this master programme you need a subject-specific bachelor degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or a recognised equivalent.
The curriculum of this degree should contain at least 32 credits (ECTS) in basic subjects of mathematics, at least 32 credits (ECTS) in experimental physics, at least 32 credits in theoretical physics and at least 24 credits (ECTS) obtained from internships/practicals in physics.

language requirements Show content

For this master's programme the following language proficiencies are required:  

  • proficiency in German on level DSH-2 (or recognised equivalent) OR proficiency in English on level C1 (CEFR),

Application documents

Registration form Show content

The registration form is the single document you need to submit in paper during the application process (all other documents must be scanned and uploaded as PDF files to our online application portal). Once you finish an online application, this document will be generated under the filename "Application for admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the masters programme". You need toprint out this document, sign it and send itwithin the application timeframe via regular mail to the Master Service Centre.

CV Show content

Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

Motivation letter Show content

A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

  • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
  • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
  • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
  • Why Jena?


University entrance qualification certificate Show content

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned Show content

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Detailed transcript of records Show content

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

Proof of relevant work experience Show content

Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of subject-specific practical experience Show content

Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Additional application documents for international students

Proof of German language proficiency Show content

For German taught master's programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction, a sufficient German language proficiency proof is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the master's programme of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German language proficiency proof exclusively:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), min. level 2 (= DSH-2),
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule,
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.

Please note: If you do not have the required mandatory German langugae proficiency proof at the time of applying, you may only apply if you can provide a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g.Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaF at least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognizedlanguage school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught master's programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • Applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelor's degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • Holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
Proof of proficiency in English Show content

If sufficient proof of proficiency in German cannot be demonstrated, applicants might be admitted when they demonstrate proficiency in English on level C1 (CEFR), e.g. by IELTS 7.0+, Toefl IBT 95+. Alternatively, an official confirmation of English as Medium of instruction during undergraduate degrees will be sufficient.

translation of foreign/external application documents Show content

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system Show content

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system used at the respective University.

Certificate APS Show content

Applicants with degrees from Mongolia, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam Show content

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of  pre-University course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advisor - apl. Prof. Dr. Frank Schmidl
Max-Wien-Platz 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-47010/47429
+49 3641 9-47012
Opening hours:
by arrangement


Master Service Centre
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-411555
+49 3641 9-411552
Opening hours:
Tuesday + Wednesday 2 PM - 3 PM
Thursday + Friday 10 AM - 11 AM
Individual appointments outside the consultation hours may be arranged.

Consultation hours by PHONE:
Monday to Friday 9 AM - 10 AM and 1 PM - 2 PM
Postal address:
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Master Service Centre
07737 Jena
Examinations Office of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
Max-Wien-Platz 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-47014
+49 3641 9-47012
Student Representatives Physics/Material Science
Max-Wien-Platz 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-47095
Central Academic Advisory Service
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-31111
+49 3641 9-31122
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