DegreeDr rer natIn cooperation withUniversité de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Coventry University, Coventry, England, UK
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv, UkraineJoint Degree/Double DegreeYesCourse language(s)Courses are held in English (100%). For general discussions and conversations, German and French are useful. Participants can choose to write their PhD thesis in either language.Admission semesterSummer and winter semesterBeginningWinter semester: 1 October
Summer semester: 1 AprilProgramme durationSix semesters (three years)Application deadlineNo specific deadlinesCourse contentThe statistical physics of complex systems is a very broad field ranging from the study of quantum phenomena to the conformational behaviour of biomolecules which can only be successfully tackled by employing a variety of different theoretical methods. In this respect, this joint graduate college brings together the expertise in analytical theory from Nancy and the long-standing experience in sophisticated computer simulation studies from Leipzig, promising unique prospects in the education via research into this important field.
The current research topics include: disorder effects on phase transitions (diluted ferromagnets, spin glasses, random graphs and networks), topological excitations, conformational statistics of macromolecules such as polymers and proteins (folding, aggregation, adsorption), non-equilibrium relaxation, ice and water models, and quantum phase transitions. The emphasis of the school is on fostering close collaboration between the PhD students in Leipzig and Nancy. To this end, extended visits by the students of the partner universities, a joint seminar programme taking place reciprocally in Leipzig and Nancy, joint supervision by scientists in Leipzig and Nancy and a final degree from both universities ("co-tutelle de thèse") are an integral part of the graduate college.
Bi-national grants and an EU Marie Curie International Network provide an additional excellent background for further collaborations with internationally renowned scientists in, e.g., Armenia, India, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the USA. The additional bi-national support is made possible by the CNRS in France and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.
Educational organisationThe research training consists of research work and a well-structured training programme carried out by the doctoral students under supervision. The training is individual, flexible in time and problem-oriented. Besides the research work, the training activities include workshops and conferences, scientific symposia and colloquia, literature seminars, summer/winter schools, tutoring, and transferable skills offered by the Research Academy Leipzig. The Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences in Leipzig offers an International Physics Study Programme (IPSP) for Bachelor's and Master's students. Some of the advanced Master's courses may be also useful for the PhD students. All students are expected to spend an extended research stay at the respective partner university, i.e., Université de Lorraine, Nancy, for those primarily based in Leipzig. In addition, also visits of the associated Coventry University in England and the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Lviv are possible. In return, students based in Nancy will spend several months in Leipzig, Coventry or Lviv. Moreover, the training programme profits from the involvement of international partners.Study abroad unit(s)All students are expected to spend an extended research stay (from two weeks to several months) at the respective partner university, i.e., Nancy University for those primarily based in Leipzig. In return, students based in Nancy will spend several months in Leipzig. Per month a flat rate of 600 EUR will be reimbursed.
In the current granting period, also visits of the associated Coventry University in England and the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Lviv are possible. All research stays will be planned individually.Forms of assessmentAccording to the faculty's graduation rules and the general guidelines of the Research Academy LeipzigFunding of the joint degree / double degreeDeutsch-Französische Hochschule - L-Université franco-allemandeGeneral promotion / fundingDeutsch-Französische Hochschule - L-Université franco-allemandeCourse-related German language coursesYesCourse objectivesThis bi-national German-French graduate school with its associated partners in England and Ukraine aims at attracting highly motivated and excellent applicants to engage in top-level research and high-quality training which will prepare them for positions in academia and industry.
Tuition feesNoneEnrolment feesCurrently, students have to pay approx. 195 EUR enrolment fee per semester. This fee is for Student Services, the Student Council, a semester ticket and the mobility fund.Costs of livingApprox. 750-800 EUR per month to cover personal expenses.Job opportunitiesSee offers in the student job market organised by the "Studentenwerk Leipzig"
Language requirementsKnowledge of EnglishAcademic requirementsTypically a Master's or Diploma degree in natural sciencesWhere to applyUniversität Leipzig
Institut für Theoretische Physik
Prof. Dr. Wolfhard Janke
Arrival supportA central orientation week for foreign students organised by the International Centre of the university. Arrival support for doctoral students is possible upon request.Services and support for international studentsDoctoral students are supported with everyday problems, such as accommodation, health insurance, visa issues, childcare, etc. Besides counselling programmes, cultural activities are offered. In addition, doctoral candidates can benefit from central offers organised by the university's International Centre and the Research Academy.AccommodationStudent halls of residence run by the "Studentenwerk Leipzig", shared apartments, accommodation services and estate agencies.
Course websiteAbout the universityLeipzig University was founded in 1409 and is the second oldest university in Germany. Its motto "A Tradition of Crossing Boundaries" has been pursued ever since the university's foundation more than 600 years ago. Today, Leipzig University is home to over 29,000 students. More than 3,300 of these made their way to Leipzig from about 120 foreign countries. 14 faculties offer 140 study programmes taught in German and, to some extent, in English and other European languages. The Research Academy Leipzig is actively contributing to the process of internationalisation on the PhD level. The commitment of the faculties and institutes working hand in hand with the International Centre has resulted in the implementation of five Erasmus Mundus programmes. These are embedded in altogether 28 international programmes on Bachelor's, Master's, and doctoral level, also including summer schools and trainer courses. Yet Leipzig University does not only cross boundaries in geographical terms. It also focuses increasingly on interdisciplinary research both within the university's departments and with external research institutes and business partners such as Max Planck Institutes and the BioCity Leipzig.
Over the past years, Leipzig University has fully implemented the Bologna process. A growing number of international degree programmes reserved internationalisation a top position in the university's priorities. Furthermore, Leipzig University is internationally engaged as a member of the Utrecht Network - a global network of 31 European university partners with cooperation extended to 21 partners in the United States and Australia.
The ALMA MATER LIPSIENSIS has attracted world-class scholars in every century. Its famous former students comprise philosophers, poets, composers, and politicians. Prominent examples of a long list include Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Robert Schumann, Friedrich Nietzsche, Werner Heisenberg, and the current German chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Join in and become a member of Leipzig University yourself!Total number of students29,500Total percentage of international students11 %About the cityLeipzig is a lively and student-friendly metropolis. With over 500,000 inhabitants it is a culturally active community looking back on outstanding achievements. Leipzig is marked by its central positions as a city of composers and thinkers as well as an early centre for trade and fairs, and as the cradle for the peaceful revolution in 1989. Both modern and traditional taste will easily be satisfied by the city's cultural offerings. These comprise numerous museums, the "Gewandhaus" (Leipzig Concert Hall), the famous boys choir "Thomanerchor", and the Leipzig Opera as well as modern festivals like the film festival "DOKFilm" and the modern dance and theatre performance "euro-scene". Leipzig is known for its engaged student population and its free-spirited cultural scene. Open podium discussions, literary readings and a myriad of concerts, pubs and night clubs characterise the scene. To relax in between studies and events, beautiful parks are spread all over the city. Berlin, the German capital, is only one hour by train away.
In addition to Leipzig being a city of cultural interest, the university itself made treasures available to the public. The Museum of Antiquity, the Custodian Art collections and the University Library are some examples of this heritage. With its own orchestra, big band, and choir, Leipzig University contributes actively to the dense cultural landscape.
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