PHYSICS at a glance
Physics is concerned with problems that range from minute particles to the universe as a whole. Quantitative methods are used to analyse the apparent complexity of the system in which we live. For this reason, the methods and results from this science are often applied to other fields such as Chemistry, Biology or Engineering.
The MSc in Physics at the Universität Stuttgart is taught entirely in English and takes two years (four semesters) including a one-year thesis. Upon completion of this programme which was established in 1999 you will be awarded a degree which is equivalent to the German degree of "Diplomphysiker" and a qualified graduate of this programme will be entitled to continue to study towards a doctoral degree in Physics at a German university without having to fulfil additional academic requirements.
Our programme addresses all holders of a B.Sc. degree in physics, international as well as German students who would like to study in an international environment. International students are offered a six-week intensive Intercultural Training programme which has a strong German component. This, together with the "Welcoming Service" of the Universität Stuttgart, will provide you with the help you need when making your first steps towards starting your studies and feeling at home in a new environment.
PHYSICS has a duration of four semesters. The focus of the programme is on Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics.
During the first two semesters, there will be lectures, seminars and the Advanced Physics Laboratory. All the courses without exception are at graduate level and will provide not only an extensive introduction but also a deep knowledge of the most important areas of modern Physics. During the last two semesters, students concentrate on their Master's thesis which can be undertaken either at one of the participating institutes of the Universität Stuttgart or one of the two Max Planck Institutes on campus (MPI for Solid State Research and MPI for Intelligent Systems ). Whilst working on their thesis, students are directly involved in a research project on either Theoretical or Experimental Physics.
The credits comply with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The curriculum is shown in detail here. The elective lectures offered as part of the MSc Study Programme focus on two main fields: Condensed Matter Physics and Statistical Physics. These are also two of the major research fields of the Department of Physics and of the two Max Planck Institutes of Solid State Research and Intelligent Systems. The success of the research done at these institutions has contributed significantly to the international reputation of Physics in Stuttgart.
Not only is the scientific structure ideal in Stuttgart with the University, the Max-Planck-Institutes and other well-known research institutes, but there are also very close ties between the academic world and the industry. The Stuttgart Region is a leading high-tech region in Europe with a large number of national and international companies in the area of information technology, automotive industries, electronics and communication, high precision machine tool industries, research and technical services sectors.
Non-EU citizens are allowed by law to work for 90 days per year. Students who are employed by the University in one of the institutes or departments are exempt from this regulation.
Graduates of the MSc in Physics will have experienced a balanced but diverse period of postgraduate studies and will be qualified to find employment in a wide range of professions. Physics graduates do not only find employment in universities or research laboratories but will frequently be found in computer companies, management consultants or in the field of telecommunications.