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Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics)

Course of studies



Duration of study (semesters)






Description of course of studies

The Master of Science in Applied and Engineering Physics is a two year full time programme with 120 CP in total. The programme is consecutive to the Physics Bachelor programme and leads to actual research contents.

During first year students choose from the wide catalogue of specialty modules, according to their interests. The catalogue consists of chosen topics from experimental to theoretical Physics and represents the scientific profile of the Physics-Department at TUM. The research areas cover Condensed matter (KM), Particle-, Nuclear- and Astrophysics (KTA) and Biophysics (BIO). The applied fields in these areas compose the contents for the study programme Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP). Examples of the catalogue are listed at the end of the course description. Four elective modules (worth 20 CP) have to be chosen from the focus AEP, two more elective courses (10 CP) from the complementary fields.

The programme is consolidated by the mandatory course in Advanced Theoretical Physics and completes hereby the broad profile and professional focus of the physics course. Additional students have to pass a Proseminar and the advanced laboratory. These are thematically assigned to the main focus and will be credited as course achievements.

Connections to neighbouring sciences and applications of Physics in Engineering or Medicine are ensured through the Non-physical electives. Students can choose exams compassing 8 CP from a catalogue that is to be defined by the examinations board. Two CP will be credited as course achievements from the module “Soft skills”.

During second year students concentrate on their research project which can be carried out either at one of the institutes of the physics department of TUM or one of the associated institutes (Max Planck Institutes, etc.). Students are directly involved in the research on a recent topic in either Theoretical or Experimental Physics whilst working on their project. The research is supplemented by the Master Seminar (10 CP) and the Masters-Praktikum (15 CP) which provide necessary prerequisites in conception and creation for the following Master’s thesis (30 CP). The Master’s thesis has to be defended in the concluding Master Colloquium (5 CP).

Examples of special courses:
Modules for study programme assigned to Applied and Engineering Physics:
  • Applied Physics: Polymer physics
  • Applied superconducting: Josephson effects and superconductor electronics
  • Application of nuclear physical methods in interdisciplinary research
  • Computational Astrophysics
  • Computational Biophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Introduction to Plasma Physics
  • Fundamentals of Surface and Nanoscale Science
  • Light sources and glass laser- low temperature plasma physics and its applications
  • Magnetism
  • Magnetism and spin phenomena in semiconductor- and low dimensional electronic systems Molecular Biophysics: spectroscopic methods
  • Nanostructured Soft Materials
  • Neutron scattering and complementary methods
  • Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems
  • Particle Detectors – Theory and Practice
  • Principles of energy conversion
  • Quantum optics
  • Reactor physics and new concepts in nuclear technics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Superconducting and Low temperature physics
  • Particle Physics with high energetic accelerators (Tevatron and Large Hadron Collider)
  • Particle Physics with neutrons
  • Ultra cold Quantum gases
  • Frontiers of Surface and Nanoscale Science
  • Fuel cells in energy technology
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulations: from principles to applications
  • Optoelectronics
  • Physics and technics of magnetic measuring processes
  • Plasma physics and fusion research
  • Particle physics with cosmic and earth-bound accelerators

Curriculum (link)


Course of studies

Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics)


Application and admission


Online-application: http://www.tum.de/en/studies/before-your-studies/application-and-acceptance/

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.09. – 30.11.
Our online application portal will create a checklist with documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.

You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline, i.e. before 31.05. for winter semester and before 30.11. for summer semester.

You must submit all documents you need for enrollment before 15.09. for winter semester or before 15.03. for summer semester. If individual documents for enrollment are not available at that date, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.

Please check your TUMonline account regularly to see if we have any questions concerning your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

Aptitude assessment


Information on the aptitude test


Start of course

Winter and summer semester, winter semester recommended

Admission notification

Via Email after verification of application documents

Application documents

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Letter of Motivation, passport-size photo, Personal ID (copy), Subject and grade transcript of studies to date (certified copy), Certificate of English language proficiency, Degree certificate and Diploma (certified copies)
Attention! You will get a check list of all required papers after filling the online-application.

Application documents (International students)

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Letter of Motivation, passport-size photo, Personal ID (copy), Subject and grade transcript of studies to date (certified copy), Certificate of English language proficiency, Degree certificate and Diploma (certified copies)
Attention! You will get a check list of all required papers after filling the online-application.

Application form/ Online application (Link)


Further information on admission procedure (link)


Information | Counselling

Academic counseling

Dr. Martin Saß, Maria Eckholt

General student counseling (Link)




Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations (Link)


Examination information

For the recognition of already earned semesters & examinations, please contact the office of the faculty’s examination board.

Further links

Website of course of studies (link)


Department website


Student´s representatives (link)


Gender Equality Officer


Study abroad program coordinator

Prof. Stefan Schönert, Dr. Maria Eckholt

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