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  • 1. Can I enter directly a Ph.D. programme, when I have a Bachelor degree?
  • Yes, under two conditions:
  • high level B.Sc. degree finished by thesis work with outstanding grading
  • a special preparatory year of advanced studies (see Certificate in Environmental Physics
  • 2. My bachelor degree is not in Physics, but in Chemistry, Engineering, or other fields. Can I still apply?
  • The PEP Master programme requires a firm base in physics and mathematics at university level: up to atomic and molecular quantum physics, and, beyond calculus and linear algebra, up to vector analysis and matrix algebra with eigenvalues. Please see our brief "self-test" (.doc , .pdf) for a rough check of what we mean. If you feel that you meet the requirements, your application is welcome! While not strictly required, applications including a GRE General Test or Subject Test in physics, chemistry, or mathematics will be given priority over those without.
  • If you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
  • 3. Where and when can I do a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) subject test?
  • This depends on where you live, please see www.ets.org and www.ets.org/gre
  • 4. Can I apply for the M.Sc. Physic with specialisation in environmental physics, if I hold a Master degree in science from another university?
  • Yes.
  • 5. What are the differences between a certificate and M.Sc. study programme?
  • The M.Sc. study progamme takes two years (or 120 credits ECTS) and is finished with an accredited and internationally recognized academic degree. The Certificate study programme is only 60 credits ECTS, and may be thought of as a special training in the areas of environmental physics you are most interested in. In practice, all lectures and exercises are shared between both study programmes, thus enabling the student to easily pass from one to the other during his study.
  • 6. Do I have to pay tuition fees at the University of Bremen?
  • Literally spoken, no. However, the student's association requires a contribution of about €240 per semester (mostly for the student's special free transportation ticket in the region), and the university takes €50 per semester for administration. Students must have sufficient money on their own for their living and lodging in Bremen (about €700 per month, on the average)
  • 7. Can I start in the M.Sc. programme with a Vordiplom in physics?
  • Yes, with a Vordiplom plus two more semesters of regular studies in the central areas of physics like: quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and advanced laboratory.
  • 8. Is there a possibility to do a M.Sc. in one year?
  • No. Like in the German Diplom, you need a full year for the thesis alone, which is seen as the crown jewel in the education of a scientist.
  • 9. Is there a difference in the application to the programme between EU, non-EU, and German citizens?
  • In principle, no. In practice, however, the admission board has difficulties to evaluate what a foreign degree exactly means in terms of the skills you need to study in PEP. Therefore, an independent assessment like the GRE subject test is required to assure that all study requirements are met to ensure a successful participation in PEP.
  • 10. What are the deadlines for submitting my application?
  • In principle, any date that gives you sufficient time for your personal preparation and visa procedures etc. For practical reasons, applications should arrive as early as possible, certainly before May 31