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

Thanks to our cooperations, you can also take courses at the University of Bonn and RWTH Aachen. Some of these are broadcasted to Cologne.

You can also chose an additional field of spezialization in your Elective part.

Hint: In the beginning, you don't need to fix if you want to use a course for the primary, secondary or elective. This is only done when you do an exercise. And you can also change the assignment after an exam with the help of the examination office.

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.

Field Primary Area
at least 18 CPs

Courses you have to account for:

Secondary Area
at least 12 CPs

Courses you have to account for:

Associated Courses (potentially incomplete)

Cologne
Aachen
Bonn

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

Current Course Offerings

long-term planning

Condensed Matter Physics
  • Core Courses Condensed Matter I & II

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

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

Cologne Course Offerings

Bonn Course Offerings

long-term planning

Foundations of Quantum Technologies: Matter, Light and Information

  • 2 Core Courses
  • further Core Course or sufficient Specialized Courses
  • Core Course
  • further Core Courses or sufficient Specialized Courses

Cologne Course Offerings

Bonn Course Offerings

Aachen Course Offerings

long-term planning

Molecular Physics
  • Core Courses Molecular Physics I & II
  • sufficient Specialized Courses
  • Core Course Molecular Physics I
  • further Core Course or sufficient Specialized Courses

Cologne Course Offerings

Bonn Course Offerings

long-term planning

Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Core Courses Advanced Nuclear Physics & Detectors for Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • sufficient Specialized Courses
  • Core Course
  • further Core Course or sufficient Specialized Course

Cologne Course Offerings

Bonn Course Offerings

long-term planning

Quantum Field Theory / General Theory of Relativity
  • Core Course
  • further Core Course or sufficient Specialized Courses (up to 6CPs of the Spec. Courses can be replaced by Spec. Courses from Particle-, Astrophysics or physics-related Mathematics)
  • Core Course
  • further Core Course or sufficient Specialized Courses (up to 6CPs of the Spec. Courses can be replaced by Spec. Courses from Particle-, Astrophysics or physics-related Mathematics)

Current Course Offerings

Replacement Courses

long-term planning

Solid State Theory / Computational Physics
  • 2 Core Courses or Core Course QFT I und Specialized Course QFT II
  • further Core Course or sufficient Specialized Courses (one of the Spec. Courses may come from the Field Condensed Matter Physics)
  • Core Course
  • further Core Course or sufficient Specialized Courses (one of the Spec. Courses may come from the Field Condensed Matter Physics)

Cologne Course Offerings

Bonn Course Offerings

long-term planning

Statistical and Biological Physics
  • 2 Core Courses
  • further Core Course or sufficient Specialized Courses
  • Core Course
  • further Core Course or sufficient Specialized Courses

Cologne Course Offerings

Bonn Course Offerings

long-term planning

Cosmology Not possible
  • At least one core lecture with of 3 hours per week and a 1- or 2-hour per week tutorial class
  • sufficient further courses
 

Current Course Offerings

long-term planning (coming soon)

Experimental Hadron Physics  

Current Course Offerings

long-term planning (coming soon)

High Energy Particle Physics  

Current Course Offerings

long-term planning (coming soon)

Physics in Medicine  

Current Course Offerings

long-term planning (coming soon)

Quantum Optics and Optical Condensed Matter Physics  

Current Course Offerings

long-term planning (coming soon)

Theoretical Hadron Physics  

Current Course Offerings

long-term planning (coming soon)

Theoretical Particle Physics  

Current Course Offerings

long-term planning (coming soon)