Doctoral study at the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Graduate study at the Department of Physics and Astronomy is varied and tailored to the specific needs of each graduate student.

With its many research groups, the Department of Physics and Astronomy can offer many attractive opportunities for studies and research towards a doctoral degree. Specialization is possible either in one of the core areas in fundamental physics or in a more interdisciplinary field. The possibilities reach from elementary particle physics, research on the structure and formation of the universe, classical and quantum-mechanical complex systems, up to environmental, medical and biophysics as well as technical computer science.

Students wishing to pursue a degree in any of these branches of physics and astronomy can do so directly through the Department of Physics.

In addition, the Department of Physics runs special schools for certain branches of physics.

In the fields of astronomy, complex systems or fundamental interactions, the schools that are run by or affiliated with the department are:

  1. The Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics (HGSFP). This school has been established through the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. The three fields mentioned above are covered by this school.
  2. The International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD). This school forms an independent part of the HGSFP. The HGSFP branch of Astronomy and Cosmic Physics is effectively identical with the IMPRS-HD. The admission and the programme are coordinated with the HGSFP.
  3. The International Max Planck Research School for Quantum Dynamics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IMPRS-QD). This school covers studies in fields that overlap in different departments of the University. Students entering the IMPRS-QD School who are accepted into the Department of Physics may also be accepted into the HGSFP, to which it is loosely affiliated.
  4. The International Max Planck Research School for Precision Tests of Fundamental Symmetries (IMPRS-PTFS). Students who are accepted into this school are automatically accepted into the HGSFP.
  5. The Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences. This school also covers studies in fields that overlap with research in various different departments of the University. Students pursuing their degree through studies that are relevant for physics may be accepted into the Department of Physics.
In addition, there are several specialized programmes that graduate students may enter into at the Department of Physics. These are:
  1. The research training group on simulational methods in physics. This group also has an interdisciplinary focus and students in this group may also be members of the HGSFP, should their field of research be appropriate.
  2. The international research training group: 'Development and application of intelligent detectors'. Members of this group may also be members of the HGSFP, should their fields of research be appropriate.

and

  1. The Marie-Curie Training Network FACETS-ITN is an international and interdisciplinary Graduate School in the field of bio-inspired information processing.
 
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