At a glance

  • Field of study

    natural and earth science
  • Degree type

    undergraduate
  • Degree

    Bachelor of Science
  • Language of instruction

    English
  • Full/part-time

    full-time, part-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    without admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    six semesters

  • ECTS credits

    180

To „International Physics Studies Programme MSc (Master of Science)”

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Requirements

general higher education entrance qualification, subject-specific higher education entrance qualification

Applicants whose native language is not English need to submit a B2-level certificate (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Alternatively, they may provide proof of a minimum of 500 hours of English in the form of a transcript from their secondary school qualification or a letter of confirmation from their secondary school.

Contents

The Bachelor of Science course aims to equip students with fundamental knowledge and methods in physics, giving graduates an initial overview of the scope of physical insight and physics research as well as potential practical applications. This is achieved in courses on experimental and theoretical physics, in mathematics and in the laboratory; all of these courses aim both at fundamental and application-relevant knowledge. The core curriculum is complemented by courses that students can choose from a specialised area of physics research or from a non-physics specialisation, e.g. in chemistry, information technology or mathematics, and can also be further supplemented by a German language course.

The study programme ends with a scientific project in the form of the BSc thesis. One indispensable tool of physics is mathematics. This is why students are advised to take a mathematics bridge course, although this is not compulsory. At the beginning of the programme, the learning of essential mathematical techniques is supported in courses on mathematical methods, which highlight those techniques and apply them to fundamental physics problems.

Graduates of the International Physics Studies Programme BSc are equipped with fundamental skills in physics, measurement technology and applied mathematics. This guarantees a head start for graduates in a job market that already poses constantly evolving challenges. The BSc programme is also the ideal starting point to embark on an MSc degree in physics.

The course content is taught in individual, organisationally independent units known as modules. Modules comprise clearly defined areas of factually or thematically related knowledge. Modules might contain a variety of teaching units, e.g. lectures, seminars or laboratory work, and culminate in a final exam. Modules are rated according to their workload in ECTS credits, with one credit equivalent to an average workload of 30 hours.

There are three basic forms of modules:

  • Compulsory modules: all students are required to take these.
  • Compulsory elective modules: students can select modules from a thematically limited range.
  • Elective modules: students can choose these freely.

The programme ends with the BSc thesis (12 ECTS).

The BSc programme equips graduates with the basic knowledge, skills and scientific methods needed for employment in industrial settings as well as research activity in physics or related fields. Their level of knowledge and practical experience stands them in good stead when continuing their scientific education. Fields in which physicists traditionally find employment include microelectronics, scientific and medical device construction, precision mechanics, engineering, optics, industrial chemical processing and communication technology. Given the fact that they acquire analytical research skills and problem-solving strategies during their studies, physicists are often in demand in areas quite unrelated to physics, e.g. in management consultancies. Nevertheless, successful graduates are also invited to continue their education in the form of a master’s degree in physics or a related subject.

Application

Course start: winter semester
Admission restriction (NCU): no
Application period: 2 May–15 September
Application portal: AlmaWeb

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester and 5th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester, 4th semester and 6th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Application period: 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: credits form (Anrechnungsbescheid)

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Internationality

Compulsory curriculum in English

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