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Physics at the Freie Universität Berlin

Free the scientist inside of you

If you admire the complexity of things and strive for new cognitive challenges every day, then you will fit right into our community. Our students and graduates are personalities with curiosity in their blood and the perpetual question, 'Why?' in their minds.

Excellent scientific community

At the Department of Physics at the Freie Universität Berlin, you will be part of a team of professionals coming from around the globe. The department is home to research centres in the areas of nanoelectronics, quantum computing, photosynthesis, and catalysis as well as to the Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems. We are strong in both theoretical and experimental physics, with groups focused on molecular biophysics, nanosystems, and ultrafast surface physics.

Copyright: David Ausserhofer, FU Berlin Physics

A big plus — no tuition fees

Is zero a positive number? It is when it means NO tuition fees. Freie Universität Berlin charges no fees for the Master’s program in Physics. There is only a small semester student contribution of 312 Euros, which includes a public transport ticket for 6 months and discounts for food at the university eateries. The cost of living is affordable and ranges for a modest lifestyle between 600 to 800 Euros.

Working side by side with trained scientists

In the Master’s program, you join one of the 30 research groups in our department. You will work closely with postgraduates and professors and learn to perform independently in your chosen field of physics.

Copyright: David Ausserhofer, FU Berlin Physics

At the Department of Physics, the teaching staff are accessible and supportive. We encourage individual choices and inspire students to use our department’s ample opportunities for international collaboration and networking. For many students, the graduate programme in Physics opens the door to an esteemed academic career at international research institutions.

Copyright: David Ausserhofer, FU Berlin Physics

At the Freie Universität Berlin, students enjoy freedom. They are free to ask unusual questions and to choose controversial topics for their Master’s project. They are free to join large research groups using state-of-the-art resources or to choose a smaller group building up brand new equipment or pioneering new theoretical ideas. Students are free to determine the pace of the coursework and to shape their own professional development.

Open-minded and vibrant — just like Berlin

Our department reflects the stunning cultural and intellectual mix of Berlin: here, people speak many languages, live their own colourful lifestyles and engage in cutting-edge projects.

Copyright: David Ausserhofer, FU Berlin Physics

'Berlin is both, eccentric and tolerant,' Vincent Millet, a double Master student from France, says, 'Berlin will turn you into something beautiful as long as you're not afraid to stay at one hundred percent true to yourself'.

Copyright: David Ausserhofer, FU Berlin Physics

Key Facts

Our postgraduate programme offers you huge benefits at minimal costs: access to strong research expertise, close interactions with experts working in teams using sophisticated lab technology and a multicultural experience in Berlin itself.


Master of Science in Physics
Double Master of Science in Physics — in cooperation with École Polytechnique (English and French)

Application period for summer semester 2019: 03.12.18 - 15.01.2019
Application period for winter semester 2019/20: 01.07.2019 - 15.08.2019


 - 500 Bachelor's students
 - 180 Master's students
 - 160 PhD students
 - 17 core professors
 - 30 research groups
 - 22% international students
 - 28% female students


Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Physics
Arnimallee 14
14195 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 838 54010
Email: masterstudium@physik.fu-berlin.de
Web: www.physik.fu-berlin.de/en

About Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universitaet Berlin is one of the eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. 'Freie Universitaet' means 'Free University'. Since its founding in 1948, the academic life of the university has been shaped by the principles of freedom and international cooperation. Freie Universitaet Berlin is a space for ideas — a place that brings researchers and students, concepts and innovations together. It is committed to providing a supportive and creative environment that encourages everyone in reaching their full potential.