Elite Network: Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Mathematics is the universal language of theoretical physics that is fundamental for an under­stan­ding of our world at the smallest and largest scales. Conversely, physical intuition supplies mathe­matics not only with relevant problems but can also suggest paths to new answers. Those at home with both worlds who have acquired a broad education can form fruitful connections and explore promising innovative approaches.

The Elite Graduate Program at a glance

DegreeMaster of Science
Duration of studyFour semesters
Place of studyMunich
PrerequisitesBachelor’s degree in mathematics or physics
Language of instructionEnglish
Application deadlineJuly 15th
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Begin of studiesWinter semester
HeadProf. Dr. Jan von Delft
CoordinatorDr. Robert Helling
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Further informationWebsite Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

At home with both worlds

The Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram “Theo­retical and Math­emati­cal Phys­ics” offers an unpar­alleled wide range of cours­es at the high­est level. Op­tional sup­ple­men­tary classes pro­vide stu­dents not only the possi­bility of deep­ening their com­pe­tences in the fields they spe­cialize in but also of gain­ing an over­view on topics and meth­ods in a vari­ety of math­emat­ics and phys­ics.

Men­tored by top scien­tists of Ludwig-Maximili­ans-Universi­tät Mün­chen, Tech­nische Uni­versi­tät Mün­chen and the Max Planck Insti­tutes in the area of greater Mu­nich, stu­dents direct­ly plunge into re­search pro­jects. The major­ity of our stu­dents come from abroad, which shows the high attrac­tive­ness of the­Pro­gram. Grad­uates from “Theo­retical and Math­emati­cal Phys­ics” are sought after as doc­toral stu­dents at the world’s lead­ing uni­versi­ties.

Portraitphoto: Jan von Delft

We are particularly proud how our students make use of the classes offered in mathematics and physics to perform transdisciplinary fundamental research at the highest levels as well as studying an exceptional spectrum of special topics.

Prof. Dr. Jan von Delft

Seeking answers to big questions

In their studies, students seek answers to big questions such as:

  • What is the quantum structure of space-time?
  • Why is the Fermi-scale stable?
  • Can one give a mathematical proof of the structure of the periodic table?
  • Can topology be used to design materials with new properties?
  • Which physics governs the origin of life?
  • What is the UV-completion of the Standard Model of particle physics?
  • What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy?
  • How can a quantum computer simulate quantum field theories?
  • Which disorderd systems fail to thermalize?
  • How can quantum many body systems be effectively computed?
  • What is the geometry of a random 3-manifold?

Snippets of the program

Quantum Fields in Curved Space-Time

Prof. Jorma Louko of Nottingham will teach an intensive course on quantum fields in curved space-times.

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A black disk with a large number of swirly black lines emanating.

Winter excursion on Black Holes

This year’s TMP winter excursion’s topic are images of Black Holes.

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A hot accretion disk around a Black Hole.

Snippets of the research


Tobias B. Russ worked on a modified theory of gravitation in his master’s thesis.

Effective equations

Johannes Sedlmeir devoted his master’s thesis to the microscopic explanation of effective equations.

The Stringy Swampland

In his master thesis, Daniel Panea Lichtig investigates conjectured criteria to decide if some models of elementary particles can be unified with quantum gravity