Research-oriented • International Physics
Student im Master Physik in der Laborhalle Panta Rhei
Master of Science (M.Sc.)


The Master's degree in physics teaches the key skills for a future career as a physicist in a research-intensive and closely mentored study programme. The international Master's programme comprises four semesters with in total 120 credit points. It is divided into an advanced studies phase within the first two semesters and a research phase in the final two semesters.

The modules in the advanced studies phase are generically structured in applied, experimental and theoretical subject areas and content is based on the research priorities of the Institute of Physics and its partner institutions. In particular, our focus is on materials research related to semiconductor devices and functional materials. This comprises identification and characterization of new materials for future silicon-based nanotechnologies, the development and investigation of innovative semiconductor devices, as integrated sensors, on the basis of new physical concepts and/or materials as well as spectroscopic analysis of interfaces and nanostructures. Moreover, concepts for the integration of new devices into existing technology platforms (e.g. the development of integrated THz radiation sources) and questions regarding technical reliability are major issues of research at the institute of physics of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. These experimental and applied research topics are supplemented by strong activities in theoretical physics in the field of condensed matter theory and non-linear physics.

The strong networking with non-university research institutes such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems, the DESY Zeuthen, the Institute for Crystal Growth Berlin and the IHP Frankfurt Oder, allows, during the advanced studies phase, for a focus across a broad spectrum of research directions and direct contact with the relevant working groups .

The main part of the research phase is the preparation of the thesis. Here students will approach the current state of research in a branch of physics and demonstrate their capacity for independent research, also with the aim of a subsequent doctorate.

Professional Fields of Activity

  • Basic and industrial research
  • Applied development of new physic-technical solutions
  • Participation in research projects
  • Since the study programme supports curiosity, methodical, rational and logical thinking, physicists are also qualified for a huge variety of working areas apart from laboratories.

Applications and Admissions

Admissions Requirements

Proof of a physics-related bachelor's degree, in particular a Bachelors of Physics. The course content of the Bachelor's degree is deemed sufficiently similar when the training in experimental physics and theoretical physics is equivalent to one of the bachelor's degrees in physics of the BTU.

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