Leipzig University was founded in 1409, making it one of the oldest universities in Germany. It is one of Germany’s leading universities for top-class research and medical expertise. It offers a unique variety of subjects, from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and life sciences. Leipzig University is home to over 30,000 students. More than 3,500 of these made their way to Leipzig from about 135 foreign countries. Fourteen faculties offer 155 study programmes taught in German and, to some extent, in English and other European languages. The university 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 indicate that internationalisation has 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 32 European university partners with cooperation extended to 21 partners in the United States and Australia.
Leipzig University also has a long-standing tradition in mathematics and physics with a line-up of famous former professors. Examples include the following:
- Werner Heisenberg, who received the Nobel Prize and the Max Planck medal during his time in Leipzig
- Felix Klein, founding father of the “Mathematics Seminar”, with his fundamental contributions to the theory of algebraic equations and function theory
- Felix Bloch, Nobel Prize winner, assistant of Heisenberg with fundamental work on quantum mechanics
- Sophus Lie, with major contributions to continuous groups of transformations
- Peter Debye, Nobel Prize winner and Max Planck medalist
- Bartel Leendert van der Waerden, with his work on the group-theoretical formalism for quantum mechanics
These days, we not only have strong mathematics and physics departments, but we also benefit strongly from the presence of the local Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI MiS) Leipzig with world leading groups, e.g., in partial differential equations, non-linear algebra (algebraic geometry), information theory and mathematical machine learning.
We invite you to come to Leipzig and prepare for your career in a fascinating subject by signing up for our new international Master's programme in Mathematical Physics.