The Department of Physics offers an international Master's program with a focus on particle physics started in the winter semester 2021/2022. The program is offered by the physics faculties of the University of Bologna (It), the University of Clermont Auvergne (Fr) and TU Dortmund University and it is supported by internationally renowned partner institutions. TU Dortmund University is responsible for the program. The duration of the Master program is four semesters and the Master's degree is a joint degree of all three universities.
The main focus of the program is on experimental and theoretical particle physics. The training in these subjects takes place at all three universities. Methodologically, the program is based on three pillars, each of which is associated with one of the three universities. These are statistics and machine learning (University of Clermont Auvergne), instrumentation and detector physics (TU Dortmund University) and scientific computing (University of Bologna). Training in these methodological aspects is the second focus of the program. The language of the courses is English.
Mobility and Time Schedule
The students of one year study as a cohort, which attends courses together at the University of Clermont Auvergne (1st semester), TU Dortmund University (2nd semester) and the University of Bologna (3rd semester) during the first three semesters. In the fourth semester, the students will write a Master's thesis, which can be carried out at one of the three universities or at one of the associated partners.
Relevance for the Job Market
Even though the program provides for a specialization in a subfield of physics and is thus less aimed at the generalist typical in physics, the degree offers significant advantages over classical physics programs. On the one hand, it allows for increased mobility and a great potential for international experience. On the other hand, the three pillars of methodological education are associated with skills that are in demand on the job market. In addition, the program is a ticket to a promising academic career, e.g. through a subsequent doctorate.
Admission to the master's program is open to students who have passed a bachelor's degree in physics (or equivalent) with at least "good" (2,8; or "B", according to the best 35% of the students) and who have a demonstrable knowledge of English (level B2).
Tuition fees of currently about 950 € per semester are charged for the program. One part of this amount goes to the partner universities in Bologna and Clermont, the other part covers the tuition fee ("Semesterbeitrag") at TU Dortmund University.
Current Status and Schedule
Enrollment in the degree programme is possible as of now. The accreditation of the program is completed at all locations.
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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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