|Leipzig University||6 Semesters|
This Bachelor’s course is traditional university education in physics. The aim of the Bachelor of Science course in physics is to provide international and German students with a basic scientific understanding. Fundamental courses in experimental physics, theoretical physics, and mathematics are given in the English language provide an overview of the whole spectrum of topics in the field of physics. Laboratory courses introduce to the basics of measurement in physics.
Choosing advanced specialization courses from a catalog of state-of-the-art physical research enables the students to develop and follow their own interests, which they may further pursue a Master’s program. A range of topics outside physics, including chemistry, informatics, and German language, completes the Bachelor’s course. The program is concluded by a compulsory, project-oriented internship and a first research project, which is documented in the BSc thesis.
Overview of topics covered in our course program:
- Experimental Physics and Laboratory Courses (Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat, Electricity, Magnetism, Optics, Atomic Physics, Molecular Physics, Soft Matter and Solid State Physics)
- Advanced Physics Laboratory Course
- Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Advanced Differential, and Integral Calculus, Sequences and Series, Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations) and Numerical Mathematics
- Theoretical Physics (Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Field Theory, Special Relativity, Thermodynamics, Introductory Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Physics)
- Electives in Physics (Semiconductor Physics, Photonics, and Superconductivity, Astrophysics, Spin Resonance, Introduction to Computational Physics or Ion Beams) and outside physics (German language courses, Chemistry, Computational Software)
- project-oriented internship and Bachelor’s thesis
The course contents are taught in single, organisationally independent units (modules). Modules contain clearly defined areas of knowledge that have a factual or thematic relationship. Modules might contain various teaching units, e.g. lectures (L), seminars (S) or laboratories (P) and are concluded by a final exam. Modules are rated by their teaching load in credit points (CP); one credit point corresponds to an average teaching load of 30 hours.
The core of the study program comprises six subjects:
- Experimental Physics (semesters one to five),
- Mathematics (semester one to three),
- Theoretical Physics (semesters one to five),
- Advanced Physics lab course (semester six),
- Numerical Mathematics (semester four),
- Internship (semester five).
The remaining credit points are awarded for the specialization courses in topical physics areas, the electives (German courses or chemistry/computational software) and the Bachelor’s thesis.
The general or subject-oriented matriculation standard (12 years of school attendance) is necessary for admission. Further certificates have to be acknowledged by the responsible and officially recognized administration. Extended school courses in mathematics and/or physics are recommended, but not obligatory.
Recommended Skills: The main reason for studying physics ought to be a love of the subject. After the first lecture, students soon realize that physics at the university level is a different matter to school physics: the degree program involves logical thinking and a precise method of working. Other necessary skills are the perseverance and patience required to complete weekly problem sheets. In addition, creativity and capacity for teamwork are also very useful.
English language proficiency equivalent to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required.
Applicants need to submit one of the following forms of proof/certificates:
- Certificate of European B2 Level in the English Language
- TOEFL scores (minimum) PBT: 500, CBT: 173, iBT: 61
- IELTS score (minimum) 5.5
- Proof of a minimum of 500 hours of English
Certified knowledge of German is not required.
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Non-EU applicants: 15 July for the following winter semester
EU applicants: 1 September for the following winter semester