Studies at the Faculty of Physics

What makes the Faculty of Physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen special?

The Faculty of Physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen is a medium-sized, manageable faculty: approx. 140 scientists, among 34 professors, approx. 60 non-scientific staff and - currently - approx. 550 students. This offers great advantages:

  • No anonymous mass operations: teachers and students know each other by reputation and name after a while. Professors and staff don't have their heads in the clouds but are open for questions at all times and ready to help where they can.
  • You can establish closer contacts with the research groups shortly after the fourth semester and gradually get involved in a special field. Waiting lists for examinations are nonexistent and there is nothing that could stop you from finishing your studies within the designated period of study.
  • The individual operation helps to get in contact with other students. You will certainly find someone to work with. Physics means "teamwork". The earlier you start, the better.
  • The basic lectures in experimental and theoretical physics will be additionally held in English from the third semester onward - directly after the lectures in German.
  • Both locations of the University of Duisburg-Essen are no concrete jungles and are close to the respective city.
  • Everything is close together: Are you interested in visiting a lecture on the philosophy of science or listen to a  "poet in residence" in between two physics lectures? No problem, there is no need to go to the other side of the city. You just have to cross the campus.
  • Duisburg and Essen are metropolises in the heart of the Ruhr area with superb transport connections in all directions: The rich cultural offerings between Düsseldorf and Dortmund could reasonably be investigated within the time available. Also the housing situation is very "relaxed", not comparable to cities with huge universities, and the costs are limited.

Information on living in Duisburg and Essen

Contrary to common prejudice it is not all grey here but green – and rich in culture. At the same time our region is still characterized by iron, steel, industry and harbor.

There was of course a life well before the industrialization: The historical roots of both university cities Duisburg and Essen go back to the early Middle Ages.

More information on living in Duisburg and Essen (in German)