Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy
The Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy attracts gifted students by a program of advanced teaching and competitive research. After the first success in 2007, BCGS is proud to be among the winners of the second phase of the Excellence Initiative.
In the fall of 2006, the departments of physics and astronomy of the University Bonn and the physics department of the University of Cologne initiated a joint international graduate program in cooperation with the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Bonn) and the Research Center Jülich. After the initial five-year “trial” period with a small class of honors students, we now offer all of the physics graduate students at Bonn and Cologne to participate in our graduate program.
Much like the Anglo-American model of graduate school, BCGS runs a five-year integrated program spanning the 2 years of M.Sc. studies and 3 (or more) years for the PhD. Thus, the BCGS program is directed at gifted students holding a Bachelors degree in physics.
In a nutshell, the BCGS training program is characterized by the principles of “research early on” in the M.Sc. phase and “continued learning” in the PhD phase. Salient features are the combined and coordinated spectrum of advanced lecture courses and seminars offered by the two physics departments, as well as the particularly broad range of opportunities for BCGS students to do forefront research in attractive fields of modern physics.
The Graduate School owes its success in the Excellence Initiative to the outstanding and internationally visible research environment of the physics departments in Bonn and Cologne and their innovative concepts in graduate education. Again, the students of both physics departments are going to profit noticeably from the financial support awarded by the Excellence Initiative and the additional funds allocated by the two universities.
After 2012, while comprising all of the physics graduate students at Bonn and Cologne, BCGS will continue to challenge and support its competitive core of honors students.