Heidelberg University

Graduate education at the Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics (HGSFP)

The Heidelberg Graduate School provides an excellent and flexible education in the fields of fundamental interactions and cosmology, quantum dynamics and complex quantum systems, astro- and cosmic physics, and complex classical systems.

The deep relations emerging between astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics, and the physics of complex quantum and classical systems are at the focus of research in fundamental physics at Heidelberg. These fields are undergoing vehement evolution: particle physics because of the research at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, astronomy because of rapid and ongoing advances in the observational domain, and quantum dynamics and complex quantum systems because of recent breakthroughs in the design of ultra-cold few-body and many-body systems. In addition, fundamental questions can arise in other fields of physics such as environmental physics, biophysics or even mathematical physics, which spans many different areas of research. For developing our understanding further, fundamental physics needs a new generation of researchers which is capable of crossing the field boundaries. The education and training of such scientists is what the Graduate School of Fundamental Physics strives to achieve.

The fields of modern fundamental physics that are addressed in the School are:

  • Fundamental Interactions and Cosmology
  • Astronomy and Cosmic Physics
  • Quantum Dynamics and Complex Quantum Systems
  • Complex classical systems
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Environmental Physics
The Graduate School of Fundamental Physics combines doctoral projects from the forefront of international research with a broad and deep teaching program in these areas of fundamental physics and emphasises their interrelations. The modular structure of the teaching programme allows the assembly of individual curricula. Our Graduate School provides an excellent and flexible education. It introduces students to modern fundamental physics and offers the excitement of the scientific adventure of cutting-edge research. The international graduate programme in fundamental physics was established through the joint efforts of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Heidelberg University, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. In particular the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD) is an independent part of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics. The HGSFP branch of Astronomy and Cosmic Physics is effectively identical with the IMPRS-HD. The admission and the programme are coordinated with the IMPRS-HD. In addition to this Max Planck Research School, the students of the Max Planck Research School for Precision Tests of Fundamental Symmetries are also students of the HGSFP, and those who choose to study physics in the Max Planck Research School for Quantum Dynamics are also included in the HGSFP.

International partnerships and exchange programs with world-leading universities and institutes complement our comprehensive program.

For further information see the flyer below for students or with general information.


Flyer: Information for Students

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