Prospective students

Why should I study physics?

Physicists shape our future: As the foundation of the natural sciences, physics provides understanding for many processes in our lives and for the development of modern technologies. Physics spans from living systems in biophysics to the most modern techniques of quantum information. It gives insight into the smallest things like atoms to the largest things like stars and the cosmos. It is a key discipline with close connections to biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, computer science and mathematics. Studying physics will give you a deep understanding of scientific thinking. You will learn methods that allow you to understand and continually develop the fundamentals of our natural world and modern applications.

Bright career prospects: Due to their high analytical skills, physicists are highly sought after as all-rounders wherever complex problems need to be solved. Physicists find exciting jobs throughout the technical industry, e.g. in biotechnology, environmental technology, energy, optics and medical technology, software development, teaching and research, but also in higher management, in management consultancies, banks, in the patent system or in the public sector.

Good salary: According to the Lohnspiegel database of the Hans Böckler Foundation, physicists have the highest average salaries among all academics. Regardless of how important your future salary is to you, this shows how sought-after physicists are on the job market.

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What can I do as a physicist?

As a physicist, you will learn numerous ways of thinking and methods that allow you to quantitatively investigate phenomena of nature and our lives. You will learn to penetrate complex issues and understand them with the help of mathematical and experimental methods.

You will learn to work experimentally and to think logically and mathematically on the basis of a broad canon of topics. In addition to basics that you may know from school (mechanics, electricity, optics, thermodynamics), you will receive training in atomic, molecular and solid-state physics, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, relativity theory and statistical physics. You will also receive broad mathematical training and computer skills. Within the framework of final theses, you will learn to work independently in a scientific manner. In dealing with all these topics you will acquire in particular: Problem solving skills! This is a skill that will be highly credited to you later, no matter in which profession.

Because physical methods are so universal, they find exciting applications in numerous professions and related scientific disciplines. By studying physics, you are not committing yourself to one occupation. Rather, it allows you to pursue exciting careers in a variety of professional fields.

What do I need to be able to do?

Do you enjoy thinking and are you curious? Do you like to work in a group, and do you also puzzle alone? Do you also bring a certain amount of tenacity and perseverance as well as an interest in logical-mathematical thinking? Then studying physics is right for you. And don't worry, you don't have to be an overachiever...

In order to study at the university, you usually need a high school diploma. If you have dropped physics in the last few years or have not taken a mathematics course, this is no obstacle: the studies start all over again. However, the school mathematics at the beginning of the study is assumed, including the longer past intermediate school topics such as binomial formulas and power laws. As a refresher, we therefore strongly recommend that you take our math pre-course, which always takes place before the start of the winter semester.

Unsure? Every winter we cordially invite you to our trial physics course, which offers you a realistic insight into the study of physics with three lectures, an internship and a final scientific lecture. Or visit us at the open day - we always offer a study consultation.

Additional information

Prospective students can find further information on starting their studies in the so-called Future Students Club. This is a mailing list that provides prospective students with tips and tricks. There are also offers for study orientation.