In the English-taught study programme International Physics Studies Program (Honours) BSc, or “BSc IPSP (Honours)” for short, you will obtain your bachelor’s degree within eight semesters. The bachelor’s programme includes all core areas of modern experimental and theoretical physics as well as a sound education in mathematics. You gain basic knowledge of measurement processes in physics as part of experiments carried out during your practical courses. The programme is concluded with a 23-week bachelor’s thesis.

At a glance

  • Field of study

    natural and earth science
  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Bachelor of Science
  • Language of instruction

  • Full/part-time

    full-time, part-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    without admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    8 semesters

  • ECTS credits


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

  • Knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


In the initial semesters of this programme, you will learn fundamental experiments and theories while expanding your knowledge of mathematics. After this, the focus is placed on modern physics. This includes lectures on atomic and molecular physics, soft-matter physics, solid-state physics, quantum mechanics and statistical physics.  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.  These courses all aim to provide you with fundamental and application-relevant knowledge, providing the foundation for your career, opportunities for further development and the ability to continue your education on your own responsibility.

The programme is rounded off with the bachelor’s thesis and colloquium. The bachelor’s thesis has a scope of 10 credit points.

Mathematics is an indispensable tool in physics. This is why students are advised to take a mathematics bridge course, although this is not compulsory. At the beginning of the programme, students are supported in learning of essential mathematical techniques with courses on theoretical physics, which highlight those techniques and apply them to fundamental physics problems.

Upon graduation from the International Physics Studies Program (Honours) BSc programme, you are equipped with fundamental skills in physics, measurement technology and applied mathematics. This guarantees you will have a head start in the job market.

The degree programme comprises a student workload of 240 credit points (CP) and is made up of a compulsory area, an elective area and the final phase.

  • You complete compulsory modules totalling 145 CP.
  • These are supplemented by an elective area of 80 CP, which is structured as follows:
    • 20 CP non-physics electives, including 10 CP from other programmes (entire range of modules offered by the university), including key qualifications and language courses
    • physics-related electives for specialisation (35 CP): modules for the introduction to a specialisation (of which 25 CP can be completed) and a specialisation area (of which 10 CP must be completed)
    • one advanced seminar (5 CP)
    • 10 CP advanced theoretical physics
    • 10 CP advanced experimental physics
  • The final phase comprises 15 CP and includes a colloquium (5 LP) and the bachelor’s thesis (10 CP).
  • Bridge course in mathematics for a smooth start to your studies

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. Your level of knowledge and practical experience stands you in good stead when continuing your 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. Successful graduates are also able to continue their education in the form of a master’s degree.

It is generally recommended that students carry out a study stay abroad. The third year of the programme is available as a window for this purpose. The study stay abroad must by organised by the students themselves. Coursework and examinations completed abroad can be recognised upon request.


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

Please ensure that you read and take note of the further information provided on the pages “Online application”.

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply on the page “International”.

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester, 5th semester and 7th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester, 4th semester, 6th semester and 8th 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)

You can find more information on our page for “Applying for higher semesters of study”.

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply on the page “International”.


Compulsory curriculum in English

Lecturer stands in front of students in the lecture theatre and prepares equipment
View of an experiment with different devices. In the background, the lecturer points to the full blackboard
Lecturer standing bent over an experimental setup
Student working in a room filled with a device
Student works on a large device
Student looking into a microscope
Student holding something in his hand and working on an experimental setup
Aerial view of the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences