Master IPSP

Master International Physics Studies Program (IPSP)

The M. Sc. Program "International Physics Studies Program" (IPSP) deepens and widens the basic knowledge in modern areas of experimental and theoretical physics, always founding on the knowledge obtained in a B. Sc. course in Physics. Further, in physical and non-physical subjects the students have the possibility to specialize in topical areas of physics. Students can design their M. Sc. course along their own interests, such that at the time of graduation they are specialists of either experimental Condensed Matter Physics or Physics of Soft Matter, or Theoretical Physics or Applied Physics. To this end the Institutes of Experimental Physics I and II, the Institute of Theoretical Physics as well as the external Institute of Surface Modification offer a wide variety of modules and research topics. The M. Sc. Program is research oriented and is concluded by an independent research project, the master thesis (23 weeks).

By teaching a broad variety of knowledge and methodical competences, this course of studies ideally prepares the graduates for an excellent start in the job market, which in the future will present great challenges with its rapidly changing demands.


Degree:   Master of Science (M. Sc.)

Regular duration:   4 Semester

Start:   each semester

Bewerbungs- und Zulassungsverfahren


Ein erfolgreich abgeschlossener, universitärer Bachelor-Studiengang in Physik oder ein durch Rechtsvorschrift oder von zuständiger staatlicher Seite als gleichwertig anerkannter Abschluss.

Bei Vorliegen eines erfolgreich abgeschlossenen anderen natur- oder ingenieur-wissenschaftlichen Studiengangs entscheidet die Fakultät für Physik und Geowissenschaften über die Zulassung. 

Der Zugang zum Studium setzt weiterhin den Nachweis von Kenntnissen der englischen Sprache auf dem Niveau B2 des Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmens (oder Äquivalent) voraus.

Zulassungsbeschränkung:   Keine


  • 01.05-15.09 für das Wintersemester
  • 01.12-15.03 für das Sommersemester


Studieninteressierte, die ihren ersten Hochschulabschluss in Deutschland erworben haben, können sich bis zum 15.09. (für das Wintersemester) bzw. bis zum 15.03 (für das Sommersemester) über das Studienportal AlmaWeb der Universität Leipzig bewerben:

Zur Prüfung der Zulassung zum Masterstudiengang "IPSP" sind jedoch folgende Unterlagen - unabhängig von der Bewerbung über AlmaWeb - schriftlich oder per E-Mail  beim Dekan der Fakultät bis zum 01.02.2019 für das Sommersemester 2019 einzureichen:

  • Antrag auf Prüfung der Zulassung
  • Transcript of records / Zeugnis über einen ersten berufsqualifizierenden Abschluss
  • kurzer tabellarischer Lebenslauf
  • Nachweis von Kenntnissen der englischen Sprache auf dem Niveau B2 des Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmens (oder Äquivalent)

Die Prüfungskommission prüft anhand der eingereichten Unterlagen, ob die Zulassungsvoraussetzungen für den Studiengang "Master IPSP" vorliegen. Die BewerberInnen erhalten darüber einen schriftlichen Bescheid, der mit den Immatrikulationsunterlagen beim Studentensektretariat einzureichen ist. 


Studierende mit im Ausland erworbenem Hochschulabschluss:

Deutsche Studieninteressierte, die ihren Hochschulabschluss im Ausland erworben haben, müssen sich für das Sommersemester 2019 bis zum 31.12.2018 direkt über uni-assist e.V. bewerben. 

Studieninteressierte mit ausländischer Staatsbürgerschaft müssen sich für das Sommersemester 2019 bis zum 31.12.2018 direkt über uni-assist e.V. bewerben.


Weitere Informationen zur Bewerbung finden sie auf den zentralen Bewerbungsseiten der Universität. 


Entrance requirements:

Prerequisite to the admission to the master course in the International Physics Studies Programme is a successfully completed Bachelor programme in physics at university level. Further certificates have to be acknowledged by the responsible and officially recognized administration. Bachelor degrees of related subjects might be acknowledged by the board of examiners. The board might impose constraints and tests for the admission. The knowledge of the English language has to be at least on B2 level.

Admission capacity restrictions:  None

Deadline: November, 1st - December, 31st for the summer term 2019


All foreign students with a Bachelor certificate from abroad must apply through the University Application Service for International Students: uni-assist e.V.

Create your application form, print it and send it electronically. The printed copy has to be signed and sent by ordinary post with the following documentation:

  • Passport Photo
  • Secondary School Certificate
  • Grades awarded for the Secondary School Certificate
  • Certificate of European B2 Level in English Language or, 500 hours of English education
  • In addition, if you are from China, Vietnam or Mongolia please submit a certificate issued by the relevant Akademische Prüfstelle.

To the following address: 

Universität Leipzig
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin

Finally you will be required to pay some administrative fees directly in the uni-assist.

Course structure

The master course consists of two one year periods or phases, a first phase in which the physics knowledge is deepened and widened, followed by a research phase.

In the first phase the education in experimental and theoretical physics is continued and widened. This phase is structured into four areas, with three of these being obligatory by choice, whereas within the fourth area physical and non-physical subjects might be more or less freely chosen. Area 1 is devoted to experimental physics and gives the student a choice between a course in Advanced Condensed Matter Physics and a course in Soft Matter Physics. Area 2 is devoted to the advancement of the theoretical physics knowledge with a choice between advanced courses in Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Physics.  Areas 3 and 4 both serve the further specialization. In these areas the module list reflects the research interests of the Physics Institutes as well as the external Institute for Surface Modification. The division into areas 3 and 4 is due to didactical reasons. Area 3 contains a choice of various advanced seminars in experimental and theoretical physics. Besides transporting specific physics knowledge, in the advanced seminars the student learns certain soft skills, such as literature research, presentation techniques, scientific writing and scientific discussion. Area 4 contains modules with various physical content and of various module forms. Within area 4 the student might choose not only from the range of physics subjects, but – to a certain extent – also from general science subjects.

In the research phase the student is doing research work on a topical physics subject under the supervision of a professor or senior scientist. This is done in a series of three steps. The decision on a special topic is followed by a preparatory phase in which the student first studies the physical background, the experimental or computational methods, topical references to research papers and then develops a project outline. This preparatory phase lasts for half a year and is structured in the research seminars I and II. The second half of the research phase is then devoted to the actual scientific work on the specified problem. The research phase is concluded with the submission and defense of the master thesis.

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Are you thinking about taking part in our international program but still have some questions? Are you already an international student from our faculty and need a hand? Do not hesitate to contact our buddy:


letzte Änderung: 11.01.2019

Study Consultants

Experimental Physics
Prof. Dr. Pablo Esquinazi
Felix Bloch Institute for Solid State Physics
Linnéstraße 5, Room 412
04103 Leipzig


Theoretical Physics
Prof. Dr. Klaus Kroy
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Brüderstraße 16, Room 307
04103 Leipzig



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