Description of the Degree Program
The course has a standard period of six semesters and begins in the winter semester. It is a fundamental introduction to theoretical and experimental physics and allows students to take a master’s degree in physics at all German universities that offer such a course.
The Integrated Course
In the first four semesters in Dortmund we chose a different type of physical education than is usual in Germany. The lectures Physics I-IV in these first semesters are given jointly by lecturers from experimental and theoretical physics (we call this the "integrated course"). At most German universities it is customary to hold lectures on experimental physics and theoretical physics separately in the first semesters.
The important mathematical education takes place primarily in the lectures "Higher Mathematics I-IV", which are tailored to the special needs of a physics degree. For those who are not certain yet whether they may end up aiming for a bachelor's degree in mathematics or a teaching degree in physics / mathematics, there is an alternative to mathematics training. You can find out more about this in the examination regulations, the information brochure of our department (both in German) or from the academic advice service.
Modules and Credit Points
The degree program is divided into modules that include one or more courses. The time required for a module is weighted by so-called credit points (CP) (in German also called LP). In total, courses worth 180 credit points must be successfully completed during the course. Successful participation in a module is proven by exams. The grades of the module examinations (weighted according to the scope of the module) are included in the final grade. There is no final examination for the entire course. The type of examination (oral, written) is specified in the module descriptions or announced at the beginning of the module. The module descriptions can be accessed via the module handbook. The examination regulations (in German) clarify further details. Please note that the degree program is conducted in German and only individual modules from the elective area take place in English if required.
Research at the Department of Physics
The focus of our research, and thus also the possible specializations of our students, are in the areas
- Condensed Matter Physics (Solid and Soft Matter), Theory and Experiment
- Elementary particle physics (in accelerators and with particles from the universe), Theory and Experiment
- Accelerator Physics and Synchrotron Radiation
- Medical physics, Theory and Experiment
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Location & approach
The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.
The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.
One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.
From Dortmund Airport, it takes just over 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".Zum Lageplan
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