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.

"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)