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Physics, Department

Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät at the Uni Erl.-Nürnb./Erlangen

  • Universitätsstraße 40
  • 91054 Erlangen
  • Phone: +49 9131 85-22747
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General remarks
This department is also featured in the U-Multirank world university rankings.

Basic information

Total number of students 940
Number of master degree students 210

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 12/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 91.7 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 57.0 %

International orientation

Share of anglophone research groups 80.0 %


Research profile (distribution of PhD theses)

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 1.7
Support in studies 1.6
Courses offered 1.9
Study organisation 1.4
Exams 1.7
Laboratory internships 1.8
Research orientation 1.6
Support for stays abroad 1.7
Rooms 2.1
Library 1.5
IT-infrastructure 1.8
Workstations 2.0
Overall study situation 1.7

Students' assessments on consecutive master's degree courses

Teacher support 1.9
Support in studies 2.1
Courses offered 1.7
Study organisation 1.5
Transition to Master's studies 1.7
Research orientation 1.8
Overall study situation 1.8

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    Extensive support in small groups with double supervision; very good student-teacher ratio (approx. 22 students/Professor); innovative internships (project groups, modern electronics internship); Electronic Service Centre (students have access to the equipment of the electronics internship and can independently design circuits, create and assemble the circuit boards); new high-quality equipped CIP pool; broad selection of focal points in the Master's degree; research programme unique in Germany; specialised English courses for physicists.
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    University of York, UK; Imperial College London, UK; Universite Lille 1, Sciences et Technologies, Frankreich; Universtät Grenoble, Frankreich; Universität Parma, Italien; Universität Krakau, Polen; Universität Lund, Schweden; Universität Santander, Spanien; Karlsuniversität Prag; Universität Belgrad, Serbien
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Modern, well-equipped electronics lab; computer centre with high performance computing; modern multimedia equipment in the lecture halls and seminar rooms; participation in well-equipped centres such as OICE (Optical Imaging Centre Erlangen) and CENEM (Centre for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy). Own physics sub-library in the building (with online access to subject-relevant literature); new ECAP research building, move-in 2021.
  • Special features regarding research activities
    Broad range of key areas of research: Astro- and Astro Particle Physics, Optics and Quantum Optics, Quantum Gravitation, Biophysics, Physics in Medicine; close cooperation with local research institutes and facilities: Collaborative Research Centres (Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter), Research Units and Research Training Groups; Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Light, Fraunhofer Institutes, Biotronics, Siemens and other companies.
  • Support for founders
    Access to FAU services (Start-up Office), including FAU Sandbox (to support student start-ups).
  • Further information on research activities
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Last update 2021: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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