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Physics, Department

Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Universitätsstraße 40
D-91054 Erlangen
Telephone: +49 9131 85-22747

Uni Erl.-Nürnb./Erlangen
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Basic information

Total number of students at the department


Number of master degree students (w/o teacher qualification)


Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase

12/14 points

International orientation

Share of anglophone research groups



Research profile (distribution of PhD theses)

  • Optical, Quantum Optical, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics: 45.5%
  • Surface Physics and Nanostructures: 6.1%
  • Solid-state and Materials Physics: 9.8%
  • Particle Physics: 0%
  • Astrophysics and Astronomy: 22%
  • Soft matter physics, Biological and Chemical Physics, interdisciplinary works: 16.7%

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support
Support in studies
Courses offered
Study organisation
Exam organisation
Laboratory internships
Research orientation
Support for stays abroad
Student Workstations
Overall study situation
Return rate of the questionnaires


Students' assessments on consecutive master's degree courses

Teacher support
Support in studies
Courses offered
Study organisation
Transition to Master's studies
Research orientation
Overall study situation
Return rate of the questionnaires


Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

Extensive support in small groups with double supervision; very good student-teacher ratio (approx. 22 students/Professor); innovative internships (project groups, modern electronics internship); Electronic Service Centre (students have access to the equipment of the electronics internship and can independently design circuits, create and assemble the circuit boards); new high-quality equipped CIP pool; broad selection of focal points in the Master's degree; research programme unique in Germany; specialised English courses for physicists.

Exchange universities for stay abroads

University of York, UK; Imperial College London, UK; Universite Lille 1, Sciences et Technologies, Frankreich; Universtät Grenoble, Frankreich; Universität Parma, Italien; Universität Krakau, Polen; Universität Lund, Schweden; Universität Santander, Spanien; Karlsuniversität Prag; Universität Belgrad, Serbien

Special features regarding the equipment

Modern, well-equipped electronics lab; computer centre with high performance computing; modern multimedia equipment in the lecture halls and seminar rooms; participation in well-equipped centres such as OICE (Optical Imaging Centre Erlangen) and CENEM (Centre for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy). Own physics sub-library in the building (with online access to subject-relevant literature); new ECAP research building, move-in 2021.

Special features regarding research activities

Broad range of key areas of research: Astro- and Astro Particle Physics, Optics and Quantum Optics, Quantum Gravitation, Biophysics, Physics in Medicine; close cooperation with local research institutes and facilities: Collaborative Research Centres (Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter), Research Units and Research Training Groups; Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Light, Fraunhofer Institutes, Biotronics, Siemens and other companies.

Support for founders

Access to FAU services (Start-up Office), including FAU Sandbox (to support student start-ups).

Further information on research activities




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(S) = Students' judgements

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(P) = Professors' judgements


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