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Description of Theoretical Physics

This programme serves as a gateway to understanding the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the unimaginably small scales of elementary particles to the vast dimensions of our universe. The central goal of the Theoretical Physics programme is to obtain a detailed understanding of the collective behaviour of many particle systems from a fully microscopic point of view. In most physical systems, microscopic details determine the properties observed.

Our condensed matter theorists and statistical physicists develop and apply methods for explaining and predicting these connections. Examples include density functional theory, renormalisation-group theory and the scaling theory of critical phenomena.

Dynamical properties are studied using such methods as kinetic theory and the theory of stochastic processes. These theories can be quantum mechanical, including theories of the quantum Hall effect, superconductivity, Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum magnetism and quantum computing. More classical are relationships between chaos and transport, nucleation phenomena, polymer dynamics and phase structure and dynamics of colloids.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 February: September (non-EEA: September). Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 19080 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date February  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Types of teaching (in year 1):

  • theory: 30%
  • practice: 40%
  • self study: 30%

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

Requirements for Theoretical Physics

Written request

Grade list

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 237
  • TOEFL internet based: 93

Work Experience for Theoretical Physics

No work experience is required.

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