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Studying Physics in Dortmund

The Department of Physics offers a diverse selection of study programs and a wide range of research topics.  We attach particular importance to a common basis of knowledge at the beginning of the degree program and intensive support for students in their first year.

The faculty requires a mathematical self-test as a prerequisite for enrolment. This does not have to be "passed", but is intended to give first-year students an indication of where they stand in terms of their prior mathematical knowledge. Subsequently, the faculty offers a mathematical refresher course and a mathematical preliminary course.

In the first four semesters of the Bachelor's program in physics, we have chosen a different type of physics education in Dortmund than is usual in Germany. The lectures Physics I-IV in these first semesters are held jointly by lecturers from experimental physics and theoretical physics (we call this the "integrated course"). At most German universities it is common to hold lectures on experimental physics and theoretical physics in parallel in the first semesters.

For many first-year students, the beginning of a physics degree programme means a change of routine compared to school. In addition to the lecture formats typical for the university, the faculty offers a wide range of exercises in which the students apply the theoretically imparted knowledge to concrete problems, sometimes working in small groups. In addition, there are electronic formats and later the physics practical. The Department of Physics accompanies the first year of study with so-called tutorials, which are designed to help students answer mathematical and physical questions.

You can find more information about the start of your studies under "The first two semesters". The TU Dortmund University website also provides information on starting your studies. In addition to study formalities and general advice, the Dortmund Centre for the Start of Studies in particular supports first-year students in the preliminary phase of their studies and the first semesters. The TU Dortmund offers particularly high-achieving high-school students the opportunity to take part in selected lectures and exercises, also in the Department of Physics. Information on this can be found on the SchülerUni pages.


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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.

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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".

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