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Physics, Department

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät at the Uni Potsdam

Institut für Physik und Astronomie

  • Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24/25
  • 14476 Potsdam
  • Phone: +49 331 977-1628
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Basic information

Total number of students 760
Number of master degree students 110

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 11/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 73.1 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 33.3 %

International orientation

Share of anglophone research groups 40.0 %


Research profile (distribution of PhD theses)

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 1.8
Support in studies 1.8
Courses offered 2.4
Study organisation 1.4
Exams 1.9
Laboratory internships 1.6
Research orientation 2.0
Support for stays abroad
Rooms 1.4
Library 1.4
IT-infrastructure 1.4
Workstations 1.4
Overall study situation 1.9

Students' assessments on consecutive master's degree courses

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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    For the Physics degree, the Universität Potsdam offers a framework which can be individually designed with small groups, personal contact to the teaching staff and early involvement in research groups. In the fields of Astrophysics and Climate Physics, colleagues from institutes for Astrophysics, Climate Change Research and for Polar and Marine Research are highly involved in teaching on both the Bachelor's as well as Master's levels. The new buildings on the Natural Sciences Campus Golm provide the best conditions for successful academic studies.
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spanien; Université Grenoble Alpes, Frankreich; Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italien; Università degli Studi di Padova, Italien; Università degli Studi di Torino, Italien; Politechnika Lubelska, Polen; Uniwersytet Warszawski, Polen; Umeå universitet, Schweden; Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Türkei; Yildiz Teknik Universitesi, Türkei
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    The Institute of Physics is a generously designed new building with bright lecture theatres and large work space for students. Seminar rooms, free seating areas, two computer clusters and student organisation rooms are available to students from the first semester. The institute has state-of-the-art equipment for the investigation of dynamical properties of physical systems on all relevant time and length scales, including several optical laser experiments with femtosecond time resolution, various scanning probe and light microscopes, as well as cell culture and microstructure laboratories.
  • Special features regarding research activities
    The new buildings on the Natural Science Campus Golm provide the best conditions for successful academic studies and outstanding research. Potsdam also houses non-university research institutes of a high international reputation. This includes the Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, the Max Planck Institute of Gravitational Physics and Colloids and Interfaces, the Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the Institute for Applied Polymer Research. The university cooperates with these institutes in research and teaching.
  • Support for founders
    The university supports start-ups with the UP Transfer GmbH. Its most important task is to organise a modern and competitive knowledge and technology transfer at the university location Potsdam and to effectively complement excellence in research and teaching by a professional transfer of the results from science and research. Among the spin-offs in physics is Diamond Inventics GmbH, a company in the field of analytics.
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Last update 2021: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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