Uni-Tübingen

Mathematical Physics - Master

Key data on study program

Faculty
Science

Academic Degree
Master

Restricted admission
None

Regular duration of studies
4 semester

Is a combination subject required?
No

Application deadline
Overview of application deadlines

Program start
Winter semester

Language of instruction
English

Costs
Tuition and other fees

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Requirements and application

The study program is not admission-restricted. To apply for the Mathematical Physics program please follow the online application procedure on the University's website.

The study program requires enthusiasm, curiosity, and a solid background in Mathematics and/or Physics and acquaintance with the other field. We expect broad interest in Mathematical Physics as well as the willingness to familiarize and work with complex scientific details, and to be able to scientifically communicate in English in written and oral form. Courses are taught in English.

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics or Physics (or a comparable undergraduate degree) with a German grade of 2.5 or better (or international equivalent). An adequate knowledge of English is required (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Since the degree is in English, you will need very good written and spoken English (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference of for Languages). No formal certificate is required, if you are a native speaker, if your previous degree was taught in English or if your school-leaving exam gives evidence of a sufficient level of English.

The Mathematical Physics program cannot be complemented with a minor subject.

Program details

The master's programme Mathematical Physics is a research oriented interdisciplinary programme geared towards fundamental research at the interface of mathematics and physics. In the Tübingen master program, students will learn advanced mathematical concepts and fundamental physical theories in a specific interdisciplinary study program.

In contrast to several other programs in Mathematical Physics, the Tübingen program has its focus on established physical theories with important applications in science and technology. The main areas are Quantum Theory, General Relativity, and Statistical Physics, reflecting the main research areas present in Tübingen's Mathematics and Physics Departments. So if you are interested in understanding our most successful physical theories on the most fundamental level, this master program is tailor made for you.

Every student will be assigned a mentor from the group of professors involved in the master program. In particular, the choice of modules for each semester must be discussed with and approved by the mentor. This ensures that students choose matching modules in line with their desired specialization.

In the Tübingen master's program in Mathematical Physics, students will learn advanced mathematical concepts and fundamental physical theories in a specific interdisciplinary study program. Apart from the mandatory core modules Geometry in Physics, Mathematical Quantum Theory, Mathematical Relativity, and Mathematical Statistical Physics, students can choose between a wide variety of advanced courses in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, and Mathematical Physics. Thereby they can specialize according to their personal preferences in certain areas of Mathematics and/or Physics. During the second year we offer a Mathematical Physics Colloquium where students learn about recent developments in Mathematical Physics and also present the results of their own master thesis research.

Details on the program structure
People and Institutions
  involved in the master program

Every student will be assigned to a mentor from the group of professors involved in the master program. In particular, the choice of modules for each semester must be discussed with and approved by the mentor. This ensures that students choose matching modules in line with their desired specialization.

Information about the Erasmus Exchange Program within the Department of Mathematics.

Optional time abroad
You may choose to spend some time abroad as part of any study program. You should start planning it 12 to 18 months before your departure. 
Here you will find general information and advice on studying abroad. In addition, some departments have their own subject-specific services providing information on studying abroad.

Facts and figures:

In the winter term 2019/2020 about 730 students study at the Department of Mathematics:

  • Mathematik B.Sc.:                  191
  • Mathematik M.Sc.:                   69
  • Mathematical Physics M.Sc.:  19
  • Mathematik B.Ed.:                                                283
  • Mathematik B.Ed. berufl. Lehramt:                       3
  • Mathematik Vorleistungen Erweiterungsfach:  10
  • Mathematik M.Ed.:                                                 36
  • Mathematik Lehramt Gymnasien:    78
  • Mathematik Erweiterungsprüfung:    8
  • Mathematik Lehramt Berufsschule:   1
  • Mathematik künstlerisches Lehramt: 6
  • Mathematik Promotion: 29

You can find an overview of courses and modules here.

You can find a formal description of the degree here.

After your studies

This Master’s program is designed to prepare students for a research career in academia or industry by introducing advanced ideas and techniques in the area of mathematical modeling and analysis that are applicable not only within physics but to a wide range of research areas and sectors in academia, industry, education, and finance.

Mathematical physicists with a graduate degree have a strong reputation for general versatility and problem-solving skills that make them highly sought after for high-level positions even in fields such as finance, software, and management consulting. In industry, graduates in Mathematical Physics are sought after in all technology driven fields where professionals with advanced skills in mathematical modeling are a scarce resource.

Advice and internships
The University’s Career Service assists with careers orientation and getting started in your profession. Jobs and internships can be found in the Praxisportal.

Depending on the course selection, the master program qualifies for doctoral studies in Mathematics and/or Physics. In particular, for some graduates there will be the possibility to undertake doctoral research in one of the two contributing departments of Mathematics and Physics with various forms of financial support. For example, a Research Training Group on Spectral Theory and Dynamics of Quantum Systems that provides several PhD positions is at the moment funded by the German Science Foundation.

For further information see the website Faculty of Science - Doctoral Studies.

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