International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Science in Mathematical Physics Master of Science in Mathematical Physics

Leipzig University • Leipzig

Master of Science
In cooperation with
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English (100%).

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

31 May for the following winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Physics and mathematics are indispensable for understanding the world and are strong driving forces for technical innovations in modern society. Their importance in research and development both in the academic sector as well as in industry is bound to increase over the next decades

We offer a wide range of courses on:

  • dynamical systems
  • general relativity and differential geometry
  • stochastic processes and statistical physics
  • gravity and cosmology
  • condensed and soft matter
  • partial differential equations
  • representation and operator theory
  • particles and quantum fields
  • advanced quantum mechanics

In the Master's programme, you will:

  • learn general principles of mathematical physics and in-depth knowledge on selected topics
  • apply this knowledge to describe, analyse and solve complex problems
  • transfer concepts to related questions in other or interdisciplinary fields
  • train to read and understand current international specialist literature
  • perform independent research in one year research phase under the guidance of a professor or senior scientist
  • prepare for a job in academia or industry and economy

Key benefits:

  • Study in a vibrant place with long-standing tradition in mathematical physics.
  • Enjoy small courses led by dedicated lecturers.
  • Contribute to current projects in research groups at Leipzig University or MPI MiS.
  • Profit from a high flexibility and chose the courses according to your own preferences.
  • Have the option to continue your carrier in the prestigious graduate school IMPRS MiS.
  • Live in a vibrant city with a rich cultural scene, affordable housing, a lot of green spaces and nearby lakes.
Course organisation

The Master's course consists of two one-year periods, a first phase in which the basic knowledge in mathematical physics is deepened and widened, followed by a research phase.

The cornerstones of the first phase are the two courses on mathematical physics. They will base on your fundamental knowledge on mathematics and theoretical physics, and they will set the background for the advanced specialised modules you will take later on.

In the research phase, you will learn to do independent research on a specific topic under the supervision of a professor or senior scientist, become a part of a research group and contribute to research problems of current interest.

The course structure allows individual choices and thus a wide range of specialisation options. It consists of compulsory modules (rectangular boxes), elective modules (boxes with rounded corners) and compulsory elective modules (octagonal boxes).

In addition to the wide variety of topics in mathematics and theoretical physics mentioned above, you can also make use of the extended selection of elective modules, e.g., meteorology (data assimilation or numerical weather prediction and climate modelling) or informatics (neuro-inspired information processing, artificial neural networks and machine learning, visualisation, graphs and biological nets).

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Integrated internships

There are options for internships at:

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
220 EUR
Costs of living
About 700-800 EUR per month
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

The prerequisite to the admission is as follows:

  • a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics or informatics at university level
  • alternatively, Bachelor's degrees of related subjects might be accepted, subject to approval by the aptitude commission, provided the following criteria are met:
    • 30 CP (ECTS) of basic mathematics with at least 20 ECTS covering algebra and analysis;
    • 20 CP (ECTS) of knowledge in theoretical physics or equivalent subsects as regards content
Language requirements

English language proficiency equivalent to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required.

Applicants need to submit one of the following forms of proof / certificates:

  • Certificate of European B2 Level in English Language
  • TOEFL scores (minimum)  PBT: 500, CBT: 173, iBT: 61
  • IELTS score (minimum) 5.5
  • Proof of a minimum of 500 hours of English

A certified knowledge of German is not required.

Application deadline

31 May for the following winter semester

Submit application to

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


Possibility of finding part-time employment

The income from typical student jobs is capped at 450 EUR per month.

There are work opportunities at the faculty. Students might be employed for homework corrections, programming, specific laboratory work, or tutorials.


Student halls of residence run by the "Studentenwerk Leipzig", shared apartments, accommodation services and estate agencies

Leipzig University

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Leipzig University, Augustusplatz campus, Neues Augusteum / Paulinum

Leipzig University was founded in 1409, making it one of the oldest universities in Germany. It is one of Germany’s leading universities for top-class research and medical expertise. It offers a unique variety of subjects, from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and life sciences. Leipzig University is home to over 30,000 students. More than 3,500 of these made their way to Leipzig from about 135 foreign countries. Fourteen faculties offer 155 study programmes taught in German and, to some extent, in English and other European languages. The university also focuses increasingly on interdisciplinary research both within the university's departments and with external research institutes and business partners such as Max Planck Institutes and the BioCity Leipzig.

Over the past years, Leipzig University has fully implemented the Bologna process. A growing number of international degree programmes indicate that internationalisation has a top position in the university's priorities. Furthermore, Leipzig University is internationally engaged as a member of the Utrecht Network – a global network of 32 European university partners with cooperation extended to 21 partners in the United States and Australia.

Leipzig University also has a long-standing tradition in mathematics and physics with a line-up of famous former professors. Examples include the following:

  • Werner Heisenberg, who received the Nobel Prize and the Max Planck medal during his time in Leipzig
  • Felix Klein, founding father of the “Mathematics Seminar”, with his fundamental contributions to the theory of algebraic equations and function theory
  • Felix Bloch, Nobel Prize winner, assistant of Heisenberg with fundamental work on quantum mechanics
  • Sophus Lie, with major contributions to continuous groups of transformations
  • Peter Debye, Nobel Prize winner and Max Planck medalist
  • Bartel Leendert van der Waerden, with his work on the group-theoretical formalism for quantum mechanics

These days, we not only have strong mathematics and physics departments, but we also benefit strongly from the presence of the local Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI MiS) Leipzig with world leading groups, e.g., in partial differential equations, non-linear algebra (algebraic geometry), information theory and mathematical machine learning.

We invite you to come to Leipzig and prepare for your career in a fascinating subject by signing up for our new international Master's programme in Mathematical Physics.

30,000 Total number of students
1409 Year in which the university was founded – more than 600 years ago

University location

As a university city, Leipzig is a charming, student-friendly metropolis located in the heart of Germany. Leipzig is not only an up-and-coming city of academia and the sciences with numerous universities and research institutes, but is also a lively centre for the fine arts, as shown by the famous "Gewandhaus" (the Leipzig Concert Hall), the "Thomanerchor" (boys' choir), and the Leipzig opera as well as many theatres and museums. The city is also an important centre of finance, trade, and media.
Leipzig is famous for its lively student population and its free-spirited cultural scene. Open podium discussions, literary readings, and exhibitions characterise this scene, as do small independent cinemas and a myriad of concerts, pubs, and night clubs.
In addition to being a city of cultural interest, Leipzig University itself is also a significant cultural institution that has made its treasures accessible to the public in three of its own museums: the "Ägyptisches Museum" (Egyptian Museum), the "Antikenmuseum" (Museum of Antiquity), and the "Musikinstrumenten-Museum" (Musical Instrument Museum). Cultural treasures can also be found in the 450-year-old "Universitätsbibliothek" (university library) and the "Kunstsammlung der Kustodie" (art collections) as well as in numerous scholastic collections.