All graduate studies (for Master and PhD) at our department are coordinated by the Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy (BCGS).
The Bonn-Cologne Graduate School, a joint programme of graduate studies between the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, leads students with a BSc through an MSc phase directly to doctoral studies.
The Master's programme includes one year of coursework: compulsory theoretical and experimental lecture courses and laboratory work, specialisation courses, elective advanced lectures and seminars in the fields of theoretical or experimental particle physics, condensed matter and photonics. During the second year, work on a research-oriented thesis is required, including project planning.
Study abroad unit(s)
Recommended for German students at collaborating partner universities
Research internships are a key element in the research training of the graduate school. As members of a research group, the students start their first small research project. This not only provides initial research experience but also helps with the selection of an MSc project. The internships are coordinated by the lecturers. The lecturer responsible for the research area should be contacted prior to the internship. The student becomes a temporary member of a research group for a typical duration of four weeks. Participation in at least one research internship is mandatory for first-year students in the honours class.
Forms of assessment
Modules are credited according to ECTS and are evaluated based on the results of written or oral examinations, reports, oral presentations, etc.
The programme's primary goals are:
- to gain expertise that is guided by contemporary problems and challenges, founded upon a thorough knowledge base
- to acquire methodological and analytical skills which enable the students to expand their scientific background, with emphasis on research methods and strategies
- qualifications relevant for a future career
The programme provides the student with the qualifications to enter PhD studies. The Master's degree allows immediate access to PhD programmes.