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Elite Graduate Programs

Physics with integrated Doctorate Program

Regensburg Univ. (lead management), Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg; in cooperation with: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

Signatur des Klein-Tunnelns im Quanten-inter¬ferenz¬muster im elektrischen Leitwert eines pn-Übergangs aus zweilagigem Graphen.   Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 116601 (2014).

Degree: Doctorate degree, M.Sc., B.Sc.

Duration of study: 5.5 (+1.5) years

Places of study: Regensburg, Erlangen-Nuremberg

Requirements: Very good performance in the first three semesters of the regular Bachelor course of Physics

Language of instruction: English

Admission deadline: March 1st, September 1st

The Elite Graduate Program addresses highly gifted and particularly motivated and dedicated physics students. By an excellent and professional education with intensive and individual support, the aim of the program is to enable them to get their doctoral degrees within a total of about 7 years, well ahead of the about 10-year national average, and to enable them to fill leading positions in science, business and society. The main corner stones of the program are the following:

The first 2-3 semesters are within the regular Bachelor’s physics program. Admission to the elite program requires very good performance and excellent marks in the first three semesters.

The dedicated, very research oriented graduate program starts with the 3th or 4th semester. In addition to several lectures and advanced experiments, it involves three special integrated courses in Experimental and Theoretical Physics and several small research projects in one of the many research groups of the physics departments of the two universities. During this phase, the students spend one year together at the same university (one semester in Erlangen and one in Regensburg). The fourth year is typically dedicated to acquire deeper knowledge of the physics direction targeted for the dissertation. The courses are supplemented by the general frame work program of the Elite Network of Bavaria.

The internationally oriented doctorate program covers the 4th to 6th year. It includes a Master thesis, an intense doctoral studies program with lectures dedicated to special topics of modern physics, study days and international workshops. Furthermore, each student spends several months abroad for scientific research projects.

Ultrafast laser excitation and time-resolved detection of a nano-plasmonic system consisting of an InAs-nanowire and a fine metal tip.   Nature Photonics 8, 841 (2014).


top: Signature of Klein tunneling in the quantum interference pattern in the electric conductance of a pn-junction in bi-layer graphene (Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 116601 (2014))

bottom: Ultrafast laser excitation and time-resolved detection of a nano-plasmonic system consisting of an InAs-nanowire and a fine metal tip (Nature Photonics 8, 841 (2014))

Research Highlights

Icon Superradiance
Ralph Wiegner
How Neurons Tick
Icon How Neurons Tick
Kerstin Göpfrich

"Der Forschungsstudiengang, bietet die exzellente Möglichkeit hochbegabte Studierende in kleinen Gruppen individuell zu fördern, und frühzeitig an die aktuelle Forschung heranzuführen.

Funded by:
  • Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts;
  • Elite Network of Bavaria:
  • October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2014 (Funding period)
  • Regensburg University, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • from October 1, 2014 (Program continuation)

Prof. Dr. Christoph Strunk (Speaker)
Prof. Dr. Kristina Giesel (Co-Speaker)