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Physics, Department

Fachbereich Physik

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Physik
Arnimallee 14
D-14195 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 838-56110

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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

10/14 points

International orientation

Share of anglophone research groups



Research profile (distribution of PhD theses)

  • Optical, Quantum Optical, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics: 20.4%
  • Surface Physics and Nanostructures: 0%
  • Solid-state and Materials Physics: 53.7%
  • Particle Physics: 0%
  • Astrophysics and Astronomy: 0%
  • Soft matter physics, Biological and Chemical Physics, interdisciplinary works: 25.9%

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

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Students' assessments on consecutive master's degree courses

Teacher support

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Transition to Master's studies

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Return rate of the questionnaires

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Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

Close supervisory relationship between lecturers and students; committed course representatives; research-oriented teaching in the Bachelor's and Master's courses; reformed introductory study phase for the subject Physics and the Teaching Qualification in Physics; successful PhysLab for school students; Master's Teaching Qualification with a lateral entry profile (Q-Master's).

Exchange universities for stay abroads

Københavns-Universitet, Dänemark; Uppsala University, Schweden; Universiteit van Amsterdam, Niederlande; Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, Frankreich; University of Manchester, Großbritanien; Tecnico Lissabon, Portugal; Universidad de Granada, Spanien; Uniwersytet Wroclawski, Polen; Czech Technical University in Prague, Tschechien; Bodazici Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Türkei

Special features regarding the equipment

State-of-the-art research facilities in various spectroscopy technologies with applications in Bio, Nano, Surface and Ultrafast Physics; competent services in the fields of IT, Electronics, Precision Engineering; laboratory for Genetic Biophysics; mainframe computer cluster in the Theoretical Physics section; coolant supplied by helium liquefaction system; multi-media laboratory.

Special features regarding research activities

Basic research in Experimental Physics with focus on Solid State Physics, Surface, Ultrafast Physics and Biophysics; Theoretical Physics with the "Dahlem Centre for Complex Quantum Systems"; Didactics of Physics with a focus on teacher professionalisation and "learning in the digital world”; there are two DFG Collaborative Research Centres based in the faculty: SFB-TRR 227 "Ultrafast Spin Dynamics" and SFB 1078 "Protein Function by Protonation Dynamics"; Spokesperson of the FU project on the Quality Offensive Teacher Education (BMBF).

Support for founders

Continuous support from the FU's own institution ProFUnd Innovation.

Further information on research activities




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