The Inter­na­tion­al Physics Studies Program (IPSP) was created especially for foreign students whose knowledge of German is not yet suffi­cient to follow German lectures, which is why all lectures are in English. This expli­citly does not mean that German first-year students cannot opt for the IPSP. The course includes gener­al physics and some mathem­at­ics lectures, as well as a bit of computer science and chemistry. For inter­na­tion­al students, a German course is integ­rated into the course of studies. In the higher semesters there are more special­ised lectures on modern topics of theor­et­ic­al, basic, applied and exper­i­ment­al physics. There is also an accom­pa­ny­ing labor­at­ory course.

Foto: Swen Reich­hold / Universität Leipzig


As a physi­cist you cannot avoid mathem­at­ics. It is needed to under­stand and describe physic­al phenom­ena. All students must attend mathem­at­ics lectures from the first to the third semester. The basics of analys­is, algebra and differ­en­tial equations are covered.

Exper­i­ment­al Physics

From the first to the fifth semester, lectures are held in exper­i­ment­al physics. In the first semesters, classic­al areas such as mechan­ics, electro­mag­net­ism and optics are covered in order to create a basis and prepare students for more challen­ging topics. The last semesters will be devoted to modern physics, with topics ranging from atomic physics to solid state physics. The profess­ors try to present as many exper­i­ments and examples as possible to illus­trate intro­duced topics and phenomena.

Theor­et­ic­al Physics

Lectures in theor­et­ic­al physics are held from the first to the fifth semester. Physic­al phenom­ena are described more gener­ally and with the help of more complex mathem­at­ics than in exper­i­ment­al physics. The content consists of classic­al mechan­ics, electro­dynam­ics, quantum mechan­ics and statist­ic­al physics. In the first two semesters, besides the physic­al topics, mathem­at­ic­al topics are intro­duced, which are somewhat more complex but neces­sary to under­stand the taught physic­al contents.

Labor­at­ory Course

In addition to the exper­i­ment­al physics lectures, exper­i­ments are carried out in the labor­at­ory. They serve to put what has been learned into practice. The basic lab course takes place from the first to the third semester. Some light exper­i­ments are carried out, either during the semester or during the semester break after the exams. The basic lab course is part of the respect­ive exper­i­ment­al physics module, the grades are offset against each other (1/3 attempts, 2/3 EP examin­a­tion). In the fourth semester the advanced lab takes place. This is an extra module and as the name suggests, the exper­i­ments are more modern, more demand­ing and relate to advanced physic­al topics.

Bachel­or Thesis

The bachel­or thesis serves to show that one can work scien­tific­ally. This is either written in one of the faculty’s intern­al insti­tutes, both exper­i­ment­al and theor­et­ic­al physics, or in an extern­al insti­tu­tion from business or research.

Master studies

During your Master studies, you are given the oppor­tun­ity to increase your exper­i­ment­al and theor­et­ic­al abilit­ies through elect­ive modules, which serve to deepen your knowledge accord­ing to your person­al prefer­ences. To this end, you can choose out of two mandat­ory modules each from the theor­et­ic­al and exper­i­ment­al sector. Various elect­ive modules related to current research at the Univer­sity of Leipzig are added to this choice. The second year in the Master program is dedic­ated to research. Two research projects serve to give you an insight into the day-to-day life in science by working independ­ently in a reasearch group. The newly learned abilit­ies are then to be demon­strated by creat­ing a Master’s Thesis.

For further inform­a­tion concern­ing the offered elect­ives, please consult the faculty web page.

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be under­stood. Now is the time to under­stand more, so that we may fear less.

Marie Curie (Physi­cist, Chemist)