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Master programs at the Physics Department of TUM

Our Master programs cover all aspects of modern Physics. The three German language programs represent the three research areas within the Physics Department. The English language program in Applied and Engineering Physics covers research topics in Physics related to applications and engineering aspects from all three research areas. The Physics programs are completed by interdisciplinary programs. Two programs in cooperation with Munich Institute of Biomedical Engineering (MIBE) and two programs in cooperation with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU).

In each of our Master’s programs students are guided to do scientific research in the respective area of Physics on their own. This is a perfect first step for starting a Ph. D.

„Direct Track“ from a Master Program to a Ph. D.

Talented students can continue the Master's research phase seamlessly with a doctoral project, speeding up their academic career.

The "Direct Track" combines the advantages of the traditional model with the speed of a "Fast Track" – without the disadvantages like a (formally) missing Master’s degree.

Master programs Physics

Our Master programs build the natural continuation to our Bachelor program in physics. All four Master programs convey the academic width which is typical for a physicist. Thus it is assured that our Master graduates are outstandingly qualified for the various tasks in research, development and industry.

Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics)


Discover the amazing power of physics through its applications! Learn all about lasers, super strong magnets, solar cells, biosensors and more.

The M. Sc. Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics) is an English language program.

Physics (Condensed Matter Physics)


When atoms are allowed to interact things can get really interesting! Did you ever wonder why metals are shiny, why some materials are magnetic while others are not, how electrical currents can flow forever without resistance and how nano machines and devices can be constructed remarkable quantum mechanical functionality?

The M. Sc. Physics (Condensed Matter Physics) is a German language program.

Physics (Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics)


Are you fascinated about understanding our world at the subatomic scale? Join us to learn more about the nuclei inside atoms down to the most elementary building blocks of matter!

The M. Sc. Physics (Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics) is a German language program.

Physics (Biophysics)

Biophysics Lab

What is Life? Explore with us the fascinating frontier of modern Physics far away from chemical and thermodynamical equilibrium. Research the most complex systems on earth: biomolecules, cells, and organisms. Create the foundation for new technology of the 21st century inspired by biology.

The M. Sc. Physics (Biophysics) is a German language program.

Interdisciplinary Master programs

The study offers at Physics Department is completed by interdisciplinary Master programs. In these students from a broader background are educated at the frontiers to neighboring disciplines.

Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics

Lung of a mouse

The Master program Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics is an interdisciplinary program focussing on the translation of novel principles from natural sciences and engineering to the application in medicine and life sciences. Its aim is to foster the development of new methods for better prevention, diagnostics or therapy of human diseases. The master program is offered in collaboration with the Munich Institute of Biomedical Engineering (MIBE), which provides the students an excellent learning and research environment in the field of Biomedical Engineering.

The M. Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics is an English language program.

Quantum Science & Technology

Quantum Science & Technology

The Master program Quantum Science & Technology starts in WS 2020/1 jointly at the two Physics departments of Technical University Munich (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (LMU). Students learn to directly translate current results from research and development in science (e.  g. Physics, Chemistry), Mathematics and Engineering (e.g. informatics, electrical engineering) into applications, such as quantum sensors, quantum algorithms, and quantum computers, which exploit quantum phenomena – especially superposition and entanglement.

Students benefit from the research environment provided by the excellence cluster Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST).

The M. Sc. Quantum Science & Technology is an English language program.

Matter to Life

Max Planck School Matter to Life

The Master program Matter to Life teaches students the multi-disciplinary background, the practical skills, and the social competencies necessary in order to act as creative innovators within the research area of molecular bioengineering. Special emphasis is put on the scientific play instinct and explorative thinking out-of-the-box and stimulating the combination of new technologies. The study program is integrated with the Max-Planck School by the same name providing the students with additional networking possibilities.

The M. Sc. Matter to Life is an English language program.

Elite Master program Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (TMP)

Elite Master program Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (TMP)

Mathematics is the universal language of theoretical physics that is fundamental for an understanding of our world at the smallest and largest scales. Conversely, physical intuition supplies mathematics not only with relevant problems but can also suggest paths to new answers. Those at home in both worlds who have acquired a broad education can form fruitful connections and explore promising innovative approaches.

The Elite Master program Theoretical and Mathematical Physics is offered in cooperation with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) within the framework of the Elite Network of Bavaria. Students are enroled at both universities.

The M. Sc. Theoretical and Mathematical Physics is an English language program.

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