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Physics, Department

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institut für Physik
Newtonstr. 15
D-12489 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 2093-7600

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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

9/14 points

International orientation

Share of anglophone research groups



Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support
Support in studies
Courses offered
Study organisation
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Laboratory internships
Research orientation
Support for stays abroad

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Student Workstations

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Students' assessments on consecutive master's degree courses

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Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

Research placements at non-university research institutions; numerous doctoral programmes; foreign visit programmes for students; inter-disciplinary courses; high proportion of free elective subjects in the Bachelor's and Master's courses; integration in research and training groups (Collaborative Research Centres, graduate schools); modern media equipment in seminar and practical rooms; careers services for students of all study phases; Teaching Qualification: School placements abroad; school student lab as a place of teacher training; cooperating schools in the immediate proximity to ensure practice-oriented teacher training

Exchange universities for stay abroads

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Österreich; Universität Wien, Österreich; Universität Zürich, Schweiz; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Schweiz; Kobenhavns Universitet, Dänemark; Université des Paris-Sud (Paris XI), Frankreich; Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble I, Frankreich; Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Niederlande; Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spanien; Trinity College Dublin, Irland

Special features regarding the equipment

State-of-the-art laboratories and clean rooms; numerous unique large-scale facilities for research; participation in national and international major research installations (synchrotron radiation sources, Cherenkov telescope, ATLAS at the LHC/CERN, IceCube neutrino detector at the South Pole); high-performance and user-oriented workshops (mechanics, electronics); comprehensive computing centres; state-of-the-art library services.

Special features regarding research activities

Participation in national and international major research installations (synchrotron radiation sources, Cherenkov telescope, ATLAS at the LHC/CERN, IceCube neutrino detector at the South Pole); networking of science and research (university and non-university), companies, media on the Adlershof Campus; highly popular location for visiting academics from Germany and abroad (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation); high proportion of inter-disciplinary research (Physics-Mathematics, Physics-Chemistry, Physics-Biology, Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences IRIS Adlershof).

Support for founders

The Institute of Physics explicitly supports start-ups. Start-up teams, which are supported by the BMWi's Exist programme, for example, use office and laboratory space at the Institute. Companies already founded out of the Institute of Physics also use laboratory space on the basis of corresponding contracts.

Other special features

The institute runs its own school student lab for different target groups: School pupil society of HU Physics (promotion of gifted students), regular projects for school classes, teacher training; further education of teachers, public outreach ("Long Night of the Sciences"); Club Lise Network, the mentoring programme for students with a migration background for the promotion of Natural Science and Engineering interests at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; many student assistantships in all areas of the institute

Further information about study entry phase




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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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