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Explore the wide range of study opportunities in physics presented by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz including a fast-track PhD program. JGU offers a top-level undergraduate and graduate education, including an international MSc degree and a Fast Track PhD. JGU ranks among the top 5 Physics programs in Germany. Our teaching philosophy stresses early research independence on all levels. The global network of partner universities opens up international career paths.

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Physics Degree Programs JGU

JGU's research-oriented teaching philosophy stresses early research independence. Specialty lectures and advanced courses allow you to pursue your personal research interests. We facilitate transitions without borders between different degree levels by offering flexible course options and individual mentoring by leading scientists.

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Education

Do you want to teach students the laws of the universe and explore the world of physics with them? Your Bachelor of Education lays the groundwork for your future teaching career. You can become a physicist and a teacher in six semesters.

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Bachelor of Science

The BSc program at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics imparts the essential basics of mathematics and physics. Students complete a comprehensive education program in theoretical and experimental meteorology, expanded by additional courses in a related subject.

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Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor is your entry point to exploring the laws of nature and the origin of the Universe on the highest level of academic excellence. The six-semester Bachelor offers you a comprehensive physics education while at the same time fostering early specialization and research experience.

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Master of Science

Master of Education Physics

The MEd is completly taught in German. During your study you deepen your knowledge of theoretical and experimental physics gained in the BEd and you learn work techniques and methods that will prepare you for demands in later teaching careers. After 10 semesters you will be ready to take the 1st State Examination for teaching at Secondary Schools .

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Master of Science Meteorology

Meteorology studies the earth's atmosphere to improve the understanding of its processes and enable researchers to make predictions. During your MSc great importance is placed on the practical phase of your Master's thesis where you observe and measure processes taking place in the atmosphere and evaluate the data using mathematical methods.

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Master of Science Physics

The MSc at JGU is a two-year international graduate degree, completely taught in English. The first two semesters focus on deepening your knowledge of theoretical and experimental physics gained in the BSc. The third and fourth semesters stress practical research experience and methods training for writing your final thesis.

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Fast Track PhD

If you already know that physics is your passion, the Fast Track PhD is the right degree for you. As an excellent BSc graduate, you can jumpstart your research career by directly moving on to the PhD level. During the first two semesters, you complete advanced courses while already starting your own research project. The Fast Track can be completed in collaboration with all participating research institutions on campus, including the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence.

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Structured PhD

The structured PhD links individual research with a comprehensive training program including scientific courses and soft skills. At JGU, the structured PhD is offered by the MAINZ Graduate School of Materials Science in collaboration with on-site research centers such as the Max Planck Graduate Center and the Helmholtz Graduate School for Hadron and Ion Research. The average duration of a structured PhD is three years.

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Individual PhD

Whether you want to start a career in science or industry, a PhD from JGU opens many doors. The individual PhD is done under the supervision of one JGU professor. It consists of a research project as the basis of your dissertation and an oral exam. There is no mandatory course work to complete. Teaching opportunities are available. Usually, individual PhDs take between three to four years, depending on your particular research field and topic.

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