Department of Physics and Astronomy


The department of physics and astronomy is dedicated to a broadly laid-out programme of teaching and research. It feels itself committed to Humboldt's ideal of teaching rooted in research and sees its research programme an the borders of knowledge as a pre­requisite for teaching and training its students at high quality.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new students!

Our teaching in the winter semester will be face-to-face -- in compliance with 2G; with face mask; and with social distancing only where possible.
We look forward to finally seeing our students again!
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Research encompasses core areas of fundamental physics as well as inter­disciplinary border areas. In the core areas, research focuses on the structure and evolution of the universe, the properties of complex classical and quantum systems and elementary particle physics. The inter­disciplinary border areas include environ­mental physics, bio- and medical physics. Research is located at four department institutes and the Heidelberg Centre for Astronomy. Apart from that, the research environment in Heidelberg is distinguished by a multitude of extra-university research institutions which are topically and personally closely connected to the department. ... more.

Physics degrees

The courses of study include a Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree and a doctoral programme with a wide scope. The department currently educates about 2500 students. About 2150 of these are enrolled in the undergraduate courses, and more than 350 participate in the doctoral programme. With over four hundred Bachelor's or Master's graduations and over one hundred doctoral degrees awarded in an academic year, Heidelberg lies at the top of all German physics departments. Education and training are strongly oriented towards research.