You want to apply Newton's laws?

Provide solutions to complex problems?

Understand the physical laws behind everyday phenomena?

Then study Technical Physics at the TU Ilmenau!

Short profile

Bachelor of Science
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Restrictions on admission
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Standard period of study
6 semester
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Start of studies
October 1
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Basic internship
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Brief description

Whether in autonomous cars, in production facilities of Industry 4.0 or in the Internet of Things - in our increasingly networked and digital world, technologies only function through a complex interplay of different areas of physics.

Physicists have a strong fundamental knowledge in areas such as mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. As generalists, they work quickly and in depth into scientific and technological topics. They abstract problems to their essence and find targeted solutions for numerous applications in our daily lives.

As a student of Technical Physics, you will receive a sound basic education in experimental and theoretical physics as well as in mathematics, and at the same time you will be prepared for the engineering sciences. Through this combination, you will understand physical laws and principles on the one hand, and on the other hand, you will know how they are applied in a wide variety of devices, from microsensors to rockets - a real advantage for your future working life! In the modern laboratories of the Institute of Physics, you will conduct experiments and check whether your calculations are correct in practice.

As a graduate, you are in demand in both research and industry and can work in a research institute, in the research and development department of a company or in management consulting.

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Why Ilmenau?

The wide range from the fundamentals of physics to application-oriented work is what makes the study of physics at the TU Ilmenau so special. Especially the popular practical semester in research or industry challenges your acquired ability to find solutions for scientific and application-oriented questions.

As a student, you will be involved in the research of the Institute of Physics and can carry out your own projects in the laboratories. With its numerous contacts to research institutes and industry, the institute is at your side to help you individually design your internship semester. Stays abroad are also possible and you can write your bachelor thesis at a company.


Kai studies Technical Physics at the TU Ilmenau

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Content of Study

Experimental physics and basic internship (e.g. mechanics, thermodynamics, oscillations / waves / fields, electricity, optics, atoms)

21 %

Theoretical physics (e.g. programming, mechanics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics)

13 %

Technical physics and advanced internship (e.g. solid state physics, experimental methods, semiconductors, surface physics, polymer physics, biophysics)

15 %


12 %


5 %

Engineering and science and technology optional module (e.g. electrical engineering, mechanical engineering)

14 %

Non-technical subjects and key qualifications

3 %

Specialized internship and bachelor thesis

17 %
Detailed subject overview: Technical Physics (Module List)

Practice during studies

There is no mandatory basic internship necessary. The specialist internship in the 6th semester lasts three months and can be completed in companies in Germany and abroad.

Fields of work

  • Scientific research and development
  • Environmental protection and energy
  • Science and technology management
  • Environmental systems engineering, pharmaceutical industry


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