Physics is a natur­al science that both deals with very detailed exper­i­ments to describe nature and is very close to mathem­at­ics. Within the frame­work of the Bachelor’s programme not only compet­ences in the field of exper­i­ment­al physics are impar­ted, but also the intro­duc­tion to theor­et­ic­al physics is smoothed by learn­ing mathem­at­ic­al basics, which is also an import­ant part of this programme.

Foto: Chris­ti­an Hüller / Universität Leipzig


In the modules Mathem­at­ics 1 to 4, the neces­sary mathem­at­ic­al knowledge is taught. This includes the topics of analys­is, linear algebra, function­al analys­is, and ordin­ary and partial differ­en­tial equations. An applic­a­tion of the mathem­at­ic­al concepts takes place in the module Mathem­at­ic­al Methods, in which the most import­ant calcu­la­tion methods used in classic­al physics are taught.

Exper­i­ment­al Physics

The modules Exper­i­ment­al Physics 1 to 5 are oblig­at­ory in the Bachelor’s programme. Through exper­i­ment­al access, students are intro­duced to sub-areas of physics such as mechan­ics, thermo­dy­nam­ics, electro­dynam­ics, solid-state and molecu­lar physics, and quantum mechan­ics. The train­ing in exper­i­ment­al physics is accom­pan­ied by the basic labor­at­ory course. Here the scientif­ic work with exper­i­ment­al tasks is learned. In the follow­ing advanced labor­at­ory course, the methods will be improved once again by dealing with exper­i­ments that are close to current research or prepare for work in the laboratory.

Theor­et­ic­al Physics

Theor­et­ic­al physics is based on the mathem­at­ic­al approach through various models of physics. The topics of mechan­ics, electro­dynam­ics, quantum mechan­ics and statist­ic­al physics are covered.


The elect­ive area is divided into a non-physic­al and a physic­al elect­ive area. In the second and fourth semester, one of the modules Intro­duc­tion to Computer-Based Physic­al Model­ing, Funda­ment­als of Computer Engin­eer­ing 2, and Chemistry for Physi­cists must be selec­ted at 5 credit points (CP) each. Altern­at­ively, modules can be freely chosen from the offer­ings of the Univer­sity of Leipzig.
The fifth and sixth semesters comprise the physics elect­ive, in which 15 CP can be chosen from the physics modules offered by the Univer­sity of Leipzig. Among others, photon­ics, semicon­duct­or physics or astro­phys­ics can be chosen.
Detailed inform­a­tion about the offered elect­ive modules can be found on the website of the Univer­sity of Leipzig

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.


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Hypatia von Alexan­dria (Mathem­atiker­in, Astro­nom­in und Philosophin)