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Thank you very much for your interest in the Master course of Physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

For Master courses applications go directly to the respective department - in contrast to Application to Bachelor and Teaching courses.

All applicants with a German (Bachelor) degree apply directly to the admission committee for the master course in Physics:

Examination Office Physics
Claudia Herrmann
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Universit of Cologne
Zuelpicher Str. 77
50937 Cologne
or via
E-Mail to: ch(at)


All applicants with a foreign (Bachelor) degree apply through the portal of uni-assist e.V.
These applications are collected through uni-assist e.V., are verified for formal accuracy, and finally passed on to the admission committee for the Physics Master course for final verification. uni-assist e.V. is an association founded by the German universities, which takes care of the technical processing of applications.

In case you are interested in a full scholarship (two years) for the Master course please apply for the honors branch of our graduate school.

Application Deadlines

  • for summer term: 15 January
  • for winter term: 15 July

Important: international students are highly recommended to apply before 1 June (winter term) or 1 December (summer term) to avoid scheduling conflicts especially in the visa process.

Requested Documents for Application

The admission committee requires the certified copies of the following documents in order to be able to verify your application:

  • School leaving certificate (or an equivalent degree of qualification for access to German universities)
  • Transcript of Records
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics degree (or an equivalent university degree). The degree certificate can be handed in later.

Applicants with a foreign school and university degree need to send also:

  • Certified translation of degrees unless they exist in German or English.

Additionally, all applicants have to hand-in the following documents:

  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV
  • Proof of English language skills: minimum score 80 (TOEFL Internet-based Test) or comparable proof (e.g. university certificate stating that English is the language of instruction in your Bachelor program)

Sequence of Application (for applicants with a foreign school and university degree)

The common sequence of an application is the following:

You will receive an e-mail with a security link.

  1. Activate your access by clicking on the secured link
  2. Sign on in the application portal (online application service)
  3. Enter your personal data (name, address, etc), your desired course in Physics and save.
  4. Create a PDF document of your application by using the link "Antrag drucken“.
  5. Send your application electronically to uni-assist using the link "Antrag übermitteln“.
  6. Transfer the administration fees to the account of uni-assisst (bank account details).
  7. Print and sign the PDF document.
  8. Send the printed and signed PDF document together with your documents and the transfer receipt to the following address:
    University of Cologne
    uni-assist e.V.
    D-11507 Berlin

On the home page of uni-assist you will find a general overview of the steps for a successfull application. Important: Do not follow the link to the general portal for applications on the uni-assist home page. Follw the instead the individual application portal of the University of Cologne (Cologne University's online application service).
Decisions concerning admission for the Master course are regularly send out after the meeting of the admission committee, latest one to two months after the application deadline.

Handing in the Bachelor Degree Later / Admission with Qualified Acceptance

Handing in the Bachelor certificate later is in general possible for German Bachelor degrees within a time period given by the admission committee. The admission is then with qualified acceptance. In case the proof of the Bachelor degree is not given on time the admission to the master course will be retracted and the right to inscription ceases.


Should you have any queries, please address the Examination Office of Physics or the student advisors Dr. Petra Neubauer-Guenther and Dr. Harald Kierspel.