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!

Exzellenzcluster UniverseAt the Tandem accelarator in Garching, Master students and doctoral candidates from Jean-Côme Lanfranchi's group characterize the detectors. Neutrons are shot at it and the reaction is measured. This facility ist unique in the world. Foto: TUM/Heddergott.The Master's degree programme in Physics (Nuclear, Particle and Astrophysics) is a two-year graduate program taught in German, designed to give students an insight into current research trends and new developments in nuclear, particle and astrophysics.

Specialization Areas

Students can specialize in one or more areas of their choice:

  • Particle and astrophysics -- including topics as astrophysics, astroparticle physics, high energy neutrino astronomy
  • Experimental nuclear physics -- including topics as particle detectors, applications in interdisciplinary research, ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions
  • Experimental particle physics -- including topics as testing the Standard Model, highest energy particle colliders, modern detectors, data analysis and Monte Carlo methods
  • Theoretical particle physics -- including topics as group theory, quantum field theory, quantum chromodynamics

A mentor can give you advice in choosing the specific courses. If you are interested in a given research area, it may be helpful to choose a mentor working in it (e.g. see the lecturers of the courses).

Typical Study Program

The study program of the first year of studies can be organized individually. The following study programs show examples of how the first year of the Master's degree program Nuclear, Particle and Astrophysics could look like.

Particle and Astrophysics

Students with great interest in the link between particle- and astrophysics could e.g. choose:

ModulesCycleCP
Theoretical physics
PH1002 Quantenmechanik 2W10
Special courses KTA
PH2058 Introduction to AstrophysicsW5
PH2073 Astroparticle Physics 1W5
PH2074 Astroparticle Physics 2S5
PH2151 High Energy Neutrino AstronomyS5
Special courses non-KTA
Counseling by mentor10
Student seminar, advanced lab course and non-physics courses
Counseling by mentor4 + 6 + 8

Experimental Nuclear Physics

Students with great interest in experimental nuclear physics could e.g. choose:

ModulesCycleCP
Theoretical physics
PH1002 Quantenmechanik 2W10
Special courses KTA
PH2062 Teilchendetektoren: Theorie und AnwendungenW/S10
PH2097 Application of Methods of Nuclear Physics in Interdisciplinary Research 1W5
PH2190 Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisionsS5
Special courses non-KTA
Counseling by mentor10
Student seminar, advanced lab course and non-physics courses
Counseling by mentor4 + 6 + 8

Experimental Particle Physics

Students with great interest in experimental particle physics could e.g. choose:

ModulesCycleCP
Theoretical physics
PH1002 Quantenmechanik 2W10
Special courses KTA
PH2044 Tests des Standardmodells der Teilchenphysik 1W5
PH2045 Tests des Standardmodells der Teilchenphysik 2S5
PH2081 Teilchenphysik mit kosmischen und mit erdgebundenen BeschleunigernW5
PH2193 Moderne Detektoren für die Kern- und TeilchenphysikS5
Special courses non-KTA
Counseling by mentor10
Student seminar, advanced lab course and non-physics courses
Counseling by mentor4 + 6 + 8

Theoretical Particle Physics

Students with great interest in theoretical physics could e.g. choose:

ModulesCycleCP
Theoretical physics
PH1005 Theoretical Particle PhysicsS10
Special courses KTA
PH2040 Relativität, Teilchen und FelderS10
PH2041 Quantum Field TheoryW10
Special courses non-KTA
Counseling by mentor10
Student seminar, advanced lab course and non-physics courses
Counseling by mentor4 + 6 + 8

Individual Study Program

ModulesCycleCP
Theoretical physics
Catalog, Counseling by mentor  10
Special courses KTA
Catalog, Counseling by mentor  20
Special courses non-KTA
Catalog, Counseling by mentor  10
Student seminar
Catalog, Counseling by mentor 4
Advanced lab course
Catalog, Counseling by mentor 6
Non-physics courses
Catalog, Counseling by mentor 8