Doctorate On Campus

Fundamental Physics

Heidelberg University

36 months
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The Heidelberg University  Graduate School for Physics at the University of Heidelberg offers a doctoral programme in Physics, for students, that culminates in the degree "Dr. rer. nat.".


The integrated master/doctoral programme in Physics at the University of Heidelberg  is designed to allow physics students with four years of physics education to gain admission to the HGSFP. There are two possible categories of such students.


  • Students obtain access to all programmes and funding of the HGSFP during the preliminary research phase of their degree.
  • Candidates admitted to this programme can be supported by a maximum of a one year stipend at the level commensurate with their qualification.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • For each student, a personal course plan must be developed by the doctoral student together with the thesis committee, and should be designed to meet the personal interests of the student. Students are not required to repeat coursework that they have successfully completed elsewhere.
  • In addition to the courses listed in the LSF, graduate students are encouraged to attend a colloquium in their research field, as well as the general physics colloquium.
  • Graduate students may also actively participate in the planning of courses and inviting speakers to the school.
  • At the end of each semester, you should record your courses taken and submit the form to the Central Office of the HGSFP.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The deadline for the yearly international application round to the Graduate School and all the hosted schools is usually in late November of that year. 




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to enter this programme, the usual requirement is that students must have obtained the minimum of a Master´s degree in Physics or equivalent.
  • With respect to grades, it is expected that students applying for entrance to the Graduate School have the equivalent of the grade minimum 2,0 in the German system.
  • This corresponds roughly to a "B+" Grade or better in the American or English system.
  • As an exception to this policy, the Heidelberg Graduate School for Physics can admit excellent students who have completed 4 years of study in physics (Bachelor or Honours' degree). For more details on this, please read the information on the "integrated master/doctoral" programme.

Tuition Fee

Doctoral students are exempt from student fees, but you do have to pay a small administration fee when registering.

Living costs for Heidelberg

922 - 1397 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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