The courses of study include a Bachelor-Masters programme, the state examination for teachers at secondary schools and a doctoral programme with a wide scope. The diploma in physics is no longer being offered. The department is currently educating ca. 1300 students. Among them are 900 in the undergraduate and Diploma or Masters courses, and 500 in the doctoral programme. With over one hundred Diploma or Masters graduations and over one hundred doctoral degrees awarded in the academic year 2011, Heidelberg is at the top of all German physics departments. Education and training are strongly oriented towards research.