The large physics department in Aachen, comprising of 11 research institutes, provides a rich variety of basic and specialised Master’s courses and an opportunity to participate in top-quality research at one of the best technical universities in Germany.
RWTH Aachen University is a world renowned institution in the international community of particle physicists, both in theoretical and experimental fields. Our institutes are involved in the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, at which the last sought-after elementary particle of the standard model was discovered, the Higgs-Boson. Questions from astroparticle physics and cosmology are also answered through involvement in the AMS experiment on the International Space Station.
Research focuses in experimental solid-state physics are placed on quantum systems and the development of new materials. Here we particularly profit from the collaboration with research groups at the nearby Forschungszentrum Jülich as part of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance or JARA . Topics in the theory of condensed matter range from the study of electron systems to the research on quantum information.
The research groups in the Department of Physics have strong international networks. For this reason the international experience of our graduates is very important to us. We happily support stays abroad, see Programs Abroad, however work with international research groups during Master theses also offers diverse opportunities for international experiences. Furthermore, the international physics Master course of study is held in English.
As a technical university, RWTH Aachen offers physics students in particular many possibilities to get to know interdisciplinary topics in engineering. This is illustrated in the Master's specialization field nanoelectronics, which is offered together with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology or the Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Technology are also collaborators.
Overall, physics studies in Aachen offer graduates a great deal, that prepares them outstandingly for later professional challenges, whether they be in basic research or in industry.