With the English-language bachelor's course of study International Physics Studies Program (IPSP), you will obtain a first degree qualifying for a profession within six semesters. The bachelor's course of study covers all important areas of modern experimental and theoretical physics and a sound mathematical education. You acquire basic knowledge of physical measurement processes in experiments that you carry out in laboratories. You complete your studies with a 23-week bachelor's thesis.

The contents presented here refer to our three-year bachelor's course of study B. Sc. IPSP. In this form, the study plan applies to students who began their studies in the period from the winter semester 2019/20 to the summer semester 2022 or who are starting in a higher semester of this course of study. Since winter semester 2022/23, new students begin in our new four-year bachelor's course of study B. Sc. IPSP (Honours).

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Stirling engine, Photo: Axel Märcker, Leipzig University

In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people of all backgrounds and cultures. We are particularly proud of the fact that more than 1500 students from 38 countries are currently studying in our German and international courses. For an international faculty like ours, diversity and inclusion are important resources for incorporating multifaceted approaches and ways of thinking into innovative teaching and research. We are therefore committed to cosmopolitan coexistence, where everyone is welcome regardless of origin, gender and religion.

Information on the Course of Study

Find out more about the requirements, contents and application for the course of study here:

Bachelor IPSP

Online Self Assessment (OSA)

To support your choice of study, there is an Online Self Assessment (OSA) for the Bachelor International Physics Studies Program (IPSP). With this self-test you can check your expectations, skills and interests and receive detailed feedback on how well the course suits you.

We recommend using the Online Self Assessment (OSA) for the BSc IPSP before your application.

Structure of the Course of Study

In the first semesters, you will learn basic experiments and theories and deepen your mathematical knowledge. Then there is a stronger focus on modern physics. This includes lectures on atomic and molecular physics, solid state physics, quantum mechanics and statistical physics.

1st Sem. EP 1 – Mechanics   TP 1 – Classical Mechanics 1 Mathematics 1 Elective Area 2
2nd Sem. EP 2 – Thermo- and Electro­dynamics   TP 2 – Electro­dynamics 1 Mathematics 2
3rd Sem. EP 3 – Electro­magnetic Waves and Foundations of Quantum Physics General Physics Laboratory 1 TP 3 – Classical Mechanics 2 and Electro­dynamics 2 Mathematics 3  
4th Sem. EP 4 – Atomic and Molecular Physics General Physics Laboratory 2 TP 4 – Quantum Mechanics Numerical Methods in Physics Elective Area 2
5th Sem. EP 5 – Solid State Physics   TP 5 – Statistical Physics Compulsory Elective Modules 1 Elective Area 1
6th Sem. Bachelor's Thesis Advanced Laboratory Course

The information on the module numbers and credit points can be found in the detailed overview.

Elective Areas

The compulsory elective modules 1 correspond to the physics-related electives. Here you choose modules with a total of 20 CP from the following compulsory elective modules. You have the opportunity to specialise in areas of physical research. Please note that not all modules can be offered once a year. You can find the current offer in our course catalogue.

Sem. Module No. Module Title CP
5 12-PHY-BW3MO1 Introduction to Photonics I 5
4/5/6 12-PHY-BMWMO2 Introduction to Polymer Physics 5
5 12-PHY-BW3CS1 Introduction to Computer Simulation I 5
5/6 12-PHY-BMWEMB Experimental Methods of Biophysics 5
5 12-PHY-BW3HL1 Semiconductor Physics I 10
6 12-PHY-BW3HL2 Laboratory Work in Semiconductors I 5
5/6 12-PHY-BMWOFP1 Surface Physics, Nanostructures and Thin Films 5
5 12-PHY-BMWIOM2 Plasma Physics, Thin Film Deposition and Characterisation 5
6 12-PHY-BMWIOM3 Microstructural Characterisation 5
5 12-PHY-BMWQMAT Quantum Matter 5
5 12-PHY-BW3QN1 Quantum Physics of Nanostructures 5
5 12-PHY-BMWQT1 Quantum Technology 1 5
6 12-PHY-BMWQTPR Quantum Technology – Lab Course 5
5 12-PHY-BW3MQ1 Spin Resonance I 5
4/6 12-PHY-BW3SU1 Superconductivity I 5
6 12-PHY-BW3XAS1 Stellar Physics 5
6 12-PHY-BMWXAS2 Stellar Physics Laboratory 5
5 12-PHY-BMWXAS3 Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology 5
5 12-PHY-BMWXAS4 Extragalactic Astronomy Laboratory 5

The elective area 2 corresponds to the non-physics electives. Here you choose modules with a total of 20 CP. We recommend the following modules. You can choose modules with a total of ten CP from the entire range of modules at our university.

Sem. Module No. Module Title CP
1 12-PHY-BIPC Introduction to Chemistry 5
2 12-PHY-BIPCS Introduction to Computational Software* or 5
2 12-PHY-BWMS Introduction to Computer-based Physical Modelling* 5
5 12-PHY-BIPP Project Oriented Cours – Subject-related Key Qualification 5
2/4/6 12-SQM-63 Women in STEM 5
1/3/5 12-SQM-64 Sustainable Development – Risk Assessment, Methods and Models* or 5
1/3/5 12-PHY-BMWBNE1 Action Competence for Sustainable Development – Fundamental Module* 10

Non-physical elective subject from the entire range of modules at Leipzig University


*Only one of the two modules 12-SQM-64 and 12-PHY-BMWBNE1 as well as 12-PHY-BWMS and 12-PHY-BIPCS can be completed in this course of study.


You would like to take German-language modules and your German language skills are below the level A2? In this case, we recommend the following language courses depending on your previous knowledge:

Sem. Module No. Module Title CP
1 30-PHY-BIPSQ1 German Course A1.1 5
2 30-PHY-BIPSQ2 German Course A1.2 5
3 30-PHY-BIPSQ3 German Course A2 5