Why is physics important to science

Physics - pupils and prospective students - why physics?

Physics means: getting to the bottom of something. Physics is much more than just a school subject. Physics is the basis for understanding so many processes in our daily life and the basis of modern technologies. Physics provides answers to questions about the smallest and largest systems in nature, from elementary particles to the cosmos. Physics is an important key discipline with close links to chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering, as well as mathematics and computer science.

In the course of studying physics, you will learn numerous methods that allow you to deal with the fundamentals of our world and its modern applications. Physicists work on standardized theories that help explain a large number of phenomena and advance technological developments.

Career opportunities

A physics degree optimally prepares you for a wide range of professions. You will learn how to process, analyze and solve complex problems. This way, you will acquire many skills that go beyond physics. Our graduates not only work in national and international research centers and at universities, they enrich development departments in electrical, communications and medical technology companies, they analyze processes and complex relationships in technical and strategic management consultancies, and manage the risk assessments of share transactions on the international financial markets, structure authorities and associations. Some even go into politics ...

The unemployment rate for physicists is particularly low at around 3%. Of the few unemployed physicists, around half find a job after less than six months. The salaries of our graduates are also impressive.

Requirements and previous knowledge

Physics students should be curious and - according to Albert Einstein - "persevering and ready to throw away something that has taken a lot of work and time". If you enjoy science classes at school and like to get to the bottom of things, consider studying physics. For information about the fascination of physics, we regularly offer "Saturday Morning Physics" every autumn for interested schoolchildren. Information is available on our website and at many schools in the Rhine-Main area.

A physics or mathematics advanced course in school is not required for successful physics studies. Here you learn physics "from scratch". In addition, we offer an introductory mathematical course and a lecture on "Calculation Methods", which teaches you the most important mathematical skills for the first semester.

If you come from abroad, you should have sufficient knowledge of the German language. In this case, the Darmstadt preparatory college will be happy to help you start your studies with the “Step In” program.

Flexible: The Bachelor / Master system

The Bachelor and Master degrees are to be introduced across Europe by 2010. The physics department at TU Darmstadt consistently developed these new degrees from the start and introduced them in 2003. We at the TU have set standards here and have ensured that the training is top notch even with the new qualifications. We rely on solid foundations, various specialization options and research-related learning, even as part of the bachelor's degree. By the way, you can also start your studies with us in the summer semester.

After finishing school, you will start your bachelor’s degree. As a rule, this course lasts 3 years. With a bachelor's degree in your pocket, you will study for another 2 years in a master’s course. The master’s degree is the standard degree and corresponds to what some of you still know as a “diploma”. The bachelor's degree gives you the opportunity to flexibly pursue your own career prospects: you can, for example, decide to change your field of study after your bachelor's degree or to work in industry for a few years before returning to university for a master’s degree.

Application-oriented: technical physics

The TU Darmstadt offers a specialty for students who are particularly interested in the technical implementation of developments in physics and who would therefore like to continue their engineering education: The training to become a Master in Technical Physics. Here you can put together a program from physics and engineering, e.g. B. You have the opportunity to do your thesis on a topic from engineering.

This does not mean that you will receive a narrow-gauge training here or that the master's degree in technical physics is easier or harder than the physics degree. He is different. Just like students have different interests.

(Not) learning for school: Physics teacher training course

Do you enjoy showing young people the fascination of nature and its laws? Then our teacher training course could be of interest to you. Here you will receive solid training for a large number of subject combinations that will not make you sweat in front of your future school class.

A broad basic knowledge is on your curriculum from classical to modern physics, richly supplemented by subject didactics and pedagogy. In addition to the proven events from our Bachelor's program, a number of lectures, tutorials and internships are offered especially for student teachers.

International: exchange programs

Physics is international. All of our working groups maintain contacts with scientists abroad as part of their research. Conferences are organized internationally, large research facilities are used internationally. Thanks to our exchange programs, you can get a taste of foreign countries while you are still studying. In addition to suitable courses in a foreign country and in a foreign language, you have the opportunity to make international contacts and get to know other cultures.

In many European countries you can study for up to one year at partner universities of the TU through the ERASMUS program. In addition, TU Darmstadt has numerous other international agreements that can open doors for you anywhere in the world, in universities from Canada to Singapore.

Local: Cutting-edge research in physics at the city center

The physics department at TU Darmstadt is organized into three institutes, all of which are close to each other in the center of Darmstadt.

In the Institute for Applied Physics, topics related to modern optics are dealt with, i.e. new types of laser systems and their properties are investigated, the physics of semiconductor laser materials is researched, the quantum properties of light are used to store and cool atoms or for new quantum encryption methods that will make the computers of the future more secure could do.

In the Institute for Solid State Physics, the properties of solid and soft matter are investigated. The spectrum of the materials studied ranges from crystals and glasses to polymers and biopolymers. These investigations not only enable diverse collaborations with the departments of chemistry, biology and materials science, but also in the areas of polymers (plastics) and glasses there is great technological application potential.

At the Institute for Nuclear Physics, research revolves around atomic nuclei and their building blocks. Experiments on the shape, appearance and properties of the nuclei are carried out on an in-house electron accelerator, which was developed as part of student work. This knowledge is important for our understanding of stars and the formation of our cosmos. There are also close contacts to the Society for Heavy Ion Research in the north of Darmstadt. Other working groups use high-power lasers for plasma physics to investigate new ways in accelerator construction and for the energy supply of the future.

In all research institutes there is close cooperation between the experimental and theoretical working groups. This is one of the strengths of the Darmstadt physics department. In this way, new theoretical considerations and new experimental methods can be mutually beneficial.

All research groups and all lecture halls are usually no more than five minutes' walk from one another. The university center with student advisory service, cafeteria, student and examination offices are also nearby. The city of Darmstadt as a city of science has many research institutions, start-up centers and high-tech companies that offer optimal opportunities for scientific collaboration and professional future.

From the physics department you can walk to Darmstadt's pedestrian zone with numerous shops, cafes and restaurants, cinemas, theaters and local public transport in a short time. The Herrengarten, a large park in Darmstadt, borders the physics institutes. In addition, Darmstadt and the entire Rhine-Main area offer numerous opportunities for recreational activities.

So there are many reasons to study physics at TU Darmstadt.

On the welcome page of the TU Darmstadt you will find further information on starting your studies.