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Specialization Part

The Specialization Part consists of two areas. These areas are oriented at the main research activities of the participating physics institute. One of the areas will develop into the Primary the other into the Secondary Area.

The Primary Area comprises 21 credit points and in general serves as the basis of your MSc. thesis. The Secondary Area comprises 12 credit points.

Thanks to our joint graduate school, you can also take courses at the University of Bonn. Some of these are broadcasted to Cologne. All relevant lectures from Bonn can be found on the websites of the Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy.

All courses offered in Cologne can be accredited for the Primary Area, the Secondary Area and the Elective Area. Courses offered in Bonn can be accredited for the Secondary Area and for the Elective Area. (In some cases, specific courses from Bonn can also be added to the Primay Area if suitable.)
Students may take their first term to choose their areas of specialization.

Sometimes a suitable choice of the courses is not obvious. If you have problems in the planning of the courses, please contact directly one of the coordinators named in the respective module description.

To register for courses in Cologne, please see our guidelines for the usage of KLIPS2.0. For any courses in Bonn, kindly contact the BCGS office in Cologne.

Field Primary Area
at least 21 CPs
Secondary Area
at least 12 CPs
Location Associated Courses
General Theory of Relativity / Quantum Field Theory

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • Core Course
  • Advanced Seminar
  • Second Core Course or sufficient Specialized Courses

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • Core Course
  • Second Core Course or Specialized Course
Cologne

long-term planning

Current Course Offerings

Astrophysics

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • Core Course Advanced Astrophysics
  • Advanced Seminar
  • sufficient Specialized Courses

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • Core Course Advanced Astrophysics
  • Specialized Course or Advanced Seminar

long-term planning

Current Course Offerings

Condensed Matter Physics

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • Core Courses Condensed Matter I & II

  • Advanced seminar
  • 2 Specialized Courses (one of them may come from the Field Solid State Theory)

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • Core Course Condensed Matter I
  • Core Course Condensed Matter II or 2 Specialized Courses

long-term planning

Current Course Offerings

Molecular Physics

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • Core Courses Molecular Physics I & II
  • Advanced Seminar
  • sufficient Specialized Courses (Lab Course is also possible)

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses (Lab Course is also possible)

long-term planning

Current Course Offerings

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Modul handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • 3 Core Courses
  • Advanced Seminar
  • 2 Specialized Courses

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • 2 Core Courses (Nuclear Physics II & Particle Physics)
  • Specialized Course

long-term planning

Current Course Offerings

Solid State Theory / Computational Physics

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • 2 Core Courses
  • Advanced Seminar
  • further Core Courses, Specialized Courses or a second Advanced Seminar (one of the Spec. Courses may come from the Field Condensed Matter Physics)

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • Core Course
  • further Core Courses, Specialized Courses or an Advanced Seminar

long-term planning

Current Course Offerings

Statistical and Biological Physics

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • Core Course (2 Core Courses as of summer term 2019)
  • Advanced Seminar
  • further Core/Specialized Courses

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses

long-term planning

Current Course Offerings

Quantum Information Science and Technology

Not possible

Module handbook (coming soon)

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses
ML4Q  
Cosmology

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses
Bonn  
Experimental Hadron Physics

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses
High Energy Particle Physics

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses
Physics in Medicine

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses
Quantum Optics and Optical Condensed Matter Physics

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses
Theoretical Hadron Physics

Modul handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses
Theoretical Particle Physics

Module handbook

Courses you have to account for:

  • sufficient Courses