Teaching the Science behind the Universe

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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5 Reasons for your Bachelor at JGU

  • 1.

    Affordable high-quality education in Germany

    The German constitution grants free education as a basic right. Hence, except for a small semester fee (around 320 EUR per semester) that includes a regional transportation ticket. There are no tuition fees. The living expenses in Germany, as well as housing in Mainz, are fairly reasonable compared to other European destinations.

    Shared housing in the center city is available starting at 300 EUR per month, special student housing in apartments or dorms is also offered by JGU. Food, incl. fresh fruit and vegetables, is about 30% less costly on average than in France, the U.K. or the U.S.

  • 2.

    Attractive entry opportunities for national and international students

    You can start your BEd in the winter and summer semester. The BEd is offered in German with a few advanced lectures available in English.

    As a foreign applicant, JGU requires knowledge of German on C1 level (C2 is recommended). Special preparatory courses in maths (“Vorkurse”) equip you with all the knowledge you need to have the best starting position for your physics degree.

  • 3.

    Excellent professors and mentoring

    The Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science amounts to around 70 professors and some 300 academic staff members. This equals a student-to-professor ratio of almost 1:1 for every newly starting BEd student.

    Most researchers are active in groundbreaking international experiments such as ATLAS or JUNO. Individual mentoring, small-group tutoring, and early research experience with junior and senior physicists ensure high-quality training and individual support.

  • 4.

    Training to teach physics

    Due to the significance of physics for the sustainability of society, physics lessons by highly qualified teachers are essential at secondary schools.

    This makes well-trained teachers indispensable. At the University of Mainz, students on the teacher training course are ready to take the first state examination for teaching at secondary schools after 10 semesters.

  • 5.

    Campus university and student life

    With around 33,000 students from 120 nations, JGU has one of the largest and most international student populations in Germany. Most of the 250 courses of study at JGU are offered on the central campus in Mainz with a vibrant student life.

    JGU is proud to be an international university featuring Germany’s highest percentage of international students.

What our professors say about JGU

Prof. Dr. Lucia Masetti

Professor for Experimental Particle Physics, ATLAS Group

"Advanced physics studies allow you to follow your curiosity to explain the basic laws of nature."

Prof. Dr. Concettina Sfienti

Physics professor, nuclear physicist in love with science!

"Concettina Sfienti on building bridges for young researchers at the new Master Academy and passing on the love of science"

Jun. Prof. Dr. Matthias Schott

Lichtenberg Professor at ETAP group (Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics)

"A Master’s is essential for a career in research and industry."

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Wittig

Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics & coordinator of PRISMA Cluster of Excellence

"As a Master’s ‘student’ at JGU, you are already treated as a researcher."

Prof. Dr. Jure Demsar

Professor for solid state experimental physics

"Physics is a future-oriented field because it drives technological advancement"

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Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Faculty Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Staudingerweg 7
    55128 Mainz, Germany
  • +49 6131 39 20660
  • physics@uni-mainz.de