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Fakultät 1 - Fakultät für Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

Fakultät 1 - Fakultät für Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften
Fachgruppe Physik
Templergraben 55
D-52062 Aachen
Telephone: +49 241 80-27162
https://www.rwth-aachen.de

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Basic information

Total number of students
1560
Number of master degree students
460

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase
12/14 points

Group 1

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees
84.0%

Group 1

Graduations in appropriate time, master's
67.9%

Group 2

International orientation

Share of anglophone research groups
100.0%

Research

Research profile (distribution of PhD theses)

  • Optical, Quantum Optical, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics: 2.8%
  • Surface Physics and Nanostructures: 11.1%
  • Solid-state and Materials Physics: 38.3%
  • Particle Physics: 17.8%
  • Astrophysics and Astronomy: 11.1%
  • Soft matter physics, Biological and Chemical Physics, interdisciplinary works: 18.9%

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support
2.0

Group 2

Support in studies
2.0

Group 2

Courses offered
2.2

Group 2

Study organisation
1.5

Group 1

Exams
2.1

Group 2

Laboratory internships
2.2

Group 2

Research orientation
1.8

Group 2

Support for stays abroad
1.6

Group 1

Rooms
1.7

Group 1

Library
1.6

Group 1

IT-infrastructure
2.0

Group 2

Workstations
2.3

Group 2

Overall study situation
1.9

Group 2

Students' assessments on consecutive master's degree courses

Teacher support
1.9

Group 2

Support in studies
2.2

Group 2

Courses offered
1.5

Group 1

Study organisation
1.4

Group 2

Transition to Master's studies
1.6

Group 2

Research orientation
1.7

Group 1

Overall study situation
1.7

Group 1

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department
no data

Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

Compulsory study information days and self-assessment for course orientation, international orientation through English-language Master's courses and extensive exchange programme; small groups for practicals and tutorials; as a complement to subject-specific course guidance, the RWTH enables students to receive close and long-term support in special study situations; early integration of students into research groups, e.g. as "science assistants".

Exchange universities for stay abroads

Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Norwegen; University of Alberta, Kanada; Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal; Grenoble INP, Frankreich; Università degli Studi di Parma, Italien; Institut de Ciències Fotòniques ("ICFO"), Spanien; Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Tschechien; Universidad de Valencia, Spanien; University of California, Davis, USA; National Chiao Tung University, China

Special features regarding the equipment

Access to equipment at the Research Centre Jülich (supercomputers, accelerator); Grid computer cluster with 5350 CPUs and four petabyte of hard drive space; Centre for Electron Microscopy. Access to the Helmholtz Nanofacility (1000m2 clean room facility) at the Research Centre Jülich and to the Central Laboratory for Micro and Nanotechnology in collaboration with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

Special features regarding research activities

International orientation of the research groups: international collaborations and close cooperation with the Forschungszentrum (FZ) Jülich within the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), especially within JARA-FIT, JARA-FAME and JARA- and close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology and AMO GmbH. International and national collaborative projects such as EU flagship projects, BMBF research focus, DFG graduate colleges, DFG special research areas, excellence cluster ML4Q together with the universities of Cologne and Bonn and the FZ Jülich.

Support for founders

The Department of Physics uses the RWTH Innovation Entrepreneurship Centre as a central transfer structure for strategic cooperation with companies, technology scouting, IP transfer and start-up consulting. This integrative approach now serves as a blueprint for teaching entrepreneurial thinking and action to students interested in founding companies and getting them excited about business start-ups. In this way, deep-tech start-ups are to be created in the future which will support technology-based structural change and create numerous jobs in the long term.

Further information on research activities

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(P) = Professors' judgements

Last Update 2021: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education