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Elite Graduate Programs

Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

LMU Munich (coordinating institution), Technische Universität München; in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Physics and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics


Degree: Master of Science

Duration of studies: 4 semesters

Place of study: Munich

Requirements: Bachelor in Physics or Mathematics

Language of instruction: English

Admission deadline: July 15

Physics and mathematics are corner stones of our modern knowledge-based society. This has to do with the structural power of abstraction and mathematical algorithms as well as the far-reaching consequences of logical induction. In connection with the processes of modelling and analysing in natural sciences and technology, they account for the fact that mathematics and theoretical physics are important foundation pillars and central innovative factors of our civilization.

The elite program offers students both an in-depth and broad education in theoretical and mathematical physics. Two aspects are of particular importance:

1. The interdisciplinarity between modern theoretical physics and mathematics.
The basic goal here is to demonstrate that physics and mathematics share many common questions.

2. The transdisciplinarity, i.e. the transfer of knowledge from one discipline to a related one.
The focus for physics students, on the one hand, is on the use of mathematical methods, while, on the other hand, mathematicians are being guided in modern physics questions.

The elite master's program includes the following topics: quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and gauge theories, cosmology, general relativity and differential geometry, string theory and geometry, statistical physics and stochastics.

Highlights of the Elite Graduate Program

Funded by:
  • Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts;
  • Elite Network of Bavaria:
  • October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2017 (Funding period)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Technische Universität München, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • since October 1, 2017 (Program continuation)

Prof. Dr. Jan von Delft