What holds the world together – at its core

Physics examines the functional principles of nature, ranging from the search for the smallest particle and phenomena in our environment and technology up to cosmic incidents. It thus forms the basis for chemistry and biology as well as for engineering.

In a time when lifelong learning is called for, the study of physics offers a sound foundation for working in many, varied professional areas. Physicists are wanted in jobs dealing with microelectronics, in the chemical industry, in the finance sector or in consultation companies. Our graduates acquire competencies such as structured, analytical thinking, the ability to describe complex events with quantitative methods, to deal with problems in practical and goal-orientated ways, and communication skills. They also acquire knowledge of electronics, modern measurement methods, computing and numeric methods.

The quality of teaching and research in the Department of Physics is internationally acclaimed. Scientists of Kiel University have taken part in the developing and building of instruments for space probes and are leaders in the field of nanoscience. Other key research areas are the examination of plasma as ionized state of matter, the physics of solid-state bodies as well as interfaces and surfaces. Various projects have attracted third-party funding. Among these are the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centres, projects of space science in collaboration with ESA and NASA, as well as the development and utilisation of large research establishments such as the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile.

Courses at the Department of Physics

  • Physics B.Sc.
  • Physics M.Sc.
  • Physics B.Sc. / B.A., becoming a teacher
  • Physics M.Ed., becoming a teacher

More information on individual courses can be found here.