Study Theoretical Physics in Germany: 42 Universities with 56 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2024/2025)

Updated: 02-29-2024 | Reading Time: 3 minutes

While physics concerns exploring the mysteries of the universe and nature, the theoretical branch of this subject employs mathematical models and abstractions to rationalize, explain and predict natural phenomena – contrary to experimental physics, which uses practical tools to analyze these same questions. Students

Overview

masters
56

Study Programs in English

universities
42

Universities

ranking
36

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

€ 0 (55 programs for EU citizens, 45 programs for Non-EU citizens)

Maximum:

€ 10,000 per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between March 01 and December 31

Summer Semester

between March 01 and September 30

View all 56 courses still open for next intake

Top-ranked German Universities in Theoretical Physics

#32Times Higher Education Ranking
LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

public University

No. of Students: approx. 51,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #48, QS World University Rankings #64
#38Times Higher Education Ranking
Technical University of Munich

public Technical University

No. of Students: approx. 47,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #50, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #52
#42Times Higher Education Ranking
Heidelberg University

public University

No. of Students: approx. 28,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 - € 1,500 (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #57, QS World University Rankings #63
#83Times Higher Education Ranking
Freie Universität Berlin

public University

No. of Students: approx. 38,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #127
#84Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
University of Bonn

public University

No. of Students: approx. 37,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

Times Higher Education Ranking #112, QS World University Rankings #226

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3 English Degree Programs for Theoretical Physics in Germany

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Master the fields of theoretical and experimental physicsAcquire a Double Degree in cooperation with the Institut Polytechnique de ParisStudy at the Freie Universität Berlin - a “University of Excellence”
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Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2024/2025

Summer Semester 2024

Winter Semester 2025/2026

Open Programs

Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
19.6% local admission restriction (local NC)
62.5% no admission restriction
17.9% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

57.1% directly at University
12.5% directly at University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
33.9% via uni-assist

3 English Degree Programs for Theoretical Physics in Germany

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Level-up your expertise in PhysicsChoose specializationObtain a double degree
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Become an expert in physicsBe part of a renowned German universityForge your own scientific path
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Take a Future-Proof ChoiceJoin the School of Mathematics and Natural SciencesTurn Classroom Theory into Career Success

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

4.5 (1 program )

Minimum:

72 (6 programs )

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (10 programs )

Maximum:

7 (4 programs )

Maximum:

95 (5 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (9 programs )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

4.5 (1 program )

Maximum:

7 (4 programs )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

72 (6 programs )

Maximum:

95 (5 programs )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (10 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (9 programs )

3 English Degree Programs for Theoretical Physics in Germany

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Program Features

2-8 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Science

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Engineering

Master of Engineering

Beginning

Winter intake

32.1%

Summer intake

0%

Winter & Summer intake

71.4%

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Theoretical Physics

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Bielefeld University

public University · No. of Students: 24,000

Program Fees: € 0

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

public Technical University · No. of Students: 6,800

Program Fees: € 0

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

Coburg University

public University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 5,000

Program Fees: € 0

B.Eng. (Bachelor of Engineering)

Constructor University

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 1,500

Program Fees: € 10,000

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

public University · No. of Students: 38,000

Program Fees: € 0

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

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