Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Regular program length: 6 semester (full-time program)

Credit points (ECTS): 180 credit points

Language of instruction: German

Limited capacity:
First semester: no
Higher semester: no
Application possible for:
First semester: winter term
Higher semester: winter and summer term
Application deadline:
German and EU nationals
First semester: September 15
Higher semester: September 15 for winter term, March 15 for summer term
Non-EU nationals
First semester: July 15
Higher semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 for summer term

Degree and duration

Regular program length of 3 years leading to a "Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)" degree; 180 credit points (corresponding to the Europen Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ETCS) must be completed. Individual program length may differ from normal program length.


Der Bachelorstudiengang ist modular aufgebaut. Er gliedert sich in folgende Phasen und Inhalte:

Phase I (Semester 1-3): Klassische Experimentelle und Klassische Theoretische Physik, Höhere Mathematik 1-3, Programmieren und Computeralgebra, Praktikum in klassischer Physik

Phase II (Semester 4-5): Moderne Experimentelle und Moderne Theoretische Physik, Nichtphysikalisches Wahlpflichtfach (Start im 3. Semester; aus den Bereichen Chemie, Physikalische Chemie, Werkstoffkunde, Informatik, Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Geophysik oder Meteorologie), Praktikum in klassischer und moderner Physik, Rechnernutzung (Wahlmöglichkeit)

Phase III (Semester 6): Moderne Experimentelle und Moderne Theoretische Physik (jeweils zwei Wahlbereiche), Bachelorarbeit (Bearbeitungszeit: max. 6 Monate)

Teil des Studiums ist außerdem der Erwerb von überfachlichen Schlüsselqualifikationen (darunter u.a. das Pflichtfach „Computergesteuerte Datenauswertung“).

Graduates of the Bachelor's degree in physics know the fundamental aspects of experimental and theoretical physics. They also know how to use the relevant mathematical tools. Furthermore, they have fundamental knowledge in programming and the use of computers, and in a side subject not related to physics which can be chosen by the student. Graduates have the skill to apply theoretical concepts to the description of concrete problems in physics and to solve them. Moreover, they can apply basic measurement techniques using the relevant statistical methods. Based on empirical methods, they have the ability to establish connections, formulate models, make predictions, and verify or falsify them. Graduates can apply their knowledge of theoretical and experimental physics to research-related problems. They are able to investigate technical problems and solve them using the methods they learned during their studies, using both on software and hardware. Graduates have the expertise to summarize their scientific results in written and oral form and they can present them using engaging presentation skills. The successful completion of the degree course enables graduates to work in various areas, such as research and development at universities or in industry, data analysis and optimization of processes, and programming and hardware applications. At KIT there is special emphasis on research-related teaching. For this reason all basic knowledge is conveyed during the Bachelor's degree studies. As a consequence during the Master's degree studies it is possible to specialize to sub-topics of physics.

Excerpt from the diploma supplement of the study program

Berufsperspektiven eröffnen sich nach Abschluss des sich anschließenden Masterstudiums in der universitären wie industriellen Forschung und Entwicklung, in der Datenanalyse und Prozessoptimierung sowie in der Programm- und Hardware-Entwicklung, Unternehmensberatung, Versicherungswirtschaft oder im Patentwesen.

  • Studieninhalte im Bachelor wegen solider Grundlagenbildung weitgehend vorgegeben, dennoch:
  • breites Angebot an Wahlfächern aus dem Bereich der Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften, Informatik oder Wirtschaftswissenschaften zu Beginn des Studiums
  • Wahlmöglichkeit Mathematik (angewandt oder mit den Mathematikern)
  • Brückenkurse und semesterbegleitende Kurse am MINTKolleg
  • Große Wahlmöglichkeit, individuelle Profilbildung und ein breites Angebot im Master
  • Möglichkeit eines deutsch-französischen Doppelmasters

German applicants and those with German-equivalent applicant status

Germans, EU nationals, and non-EU nationals with a German university entrance qualification are eligible to study at KIT if they have one of the following qualifications:

  1. General university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  2. (relevant) Fachgebundene Hochschulreife (subject-linked university entrance qualification, not Fachhochschulreife / university of applied sciences entrace qualification)
  3. Delta examination of the University of Mannheim (for holders of a Fachhochschulreife)
  4. a recognized diploma of advanced vocational training (e.g. technician, Meister diploma for craftsman) or an aptitude test for vocationally qualified persons

For additional possibilities, see §58 of the Landeshochschulgesetz (State Higher Education Act).

Furthermore, prerequisite for enrollment is the participation in a study orientation test (e.g. at or a study orientation counseling, e.g. by the Zentrale Studienberatung (student advisory services) at KIT, according to §60 Landeshochschulgesetz (State Higher Education Act).

German citizens with foreign school-leaving qualifications must have the equivalence of their qualification with the German Abitur certified by the responsible Regierungspraesidium (regional authority).

Foreign nationals (non-EU)

In Germany, the school leaving certificate of institutions in certain countries is accepted as direct means to enter university. In order to start your bachelor's studies in Germany, a university entrange test and / or one completed year of education at an institute of higher education and / or the "Feststellungsprüfung" (test of aptitude of foreign applicants for studies at universities in Germany) needs to be demonstrated in addition in most cases. You can find country-specific regulations in the "Zulassungsdatenbank des DAAD" (database on adimission requirements of the German Academy Exchange Service) or in the Anabin database (database of the "Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen", only available in German). If you have further questions, please contact the International Students Office.

Knowledge of the German language for foreign nationals

In order to be accepted into a study program taught in German, foreign nationals need to demonstrate knowledge of the German language. For your application, you need to demonstrate knowledge of level B1. All such certificates are accepted, even a certificate of attendance of a B1 course. During the enrollment process, you need to submit a DSH2 certificate or an accepted equivalent thereof. If you have further questions, please contact the International Students Office.

Application for the 1st semester

Application for a higher semester

MINT-Kolleg MINT-Kolleg

Prepatory courses at KIT: The MINT-Kolleg offers prospective and first-year students support in natural science and technical subjects (STEM).

In addition, the KIT-Departments offer special preliminary courses before the start of the semester program during the "O-Phase" (orientation week).

The KIT offers support for all first-year students in order to have a successful start of their studies. Numerous orientation events and mentoring programs at the KIT-Departments help students to make friends, orientate themselves and find support where needed. The central online is a first guide to all important offers, brings together all relevant information and contains helpful hints for a successful start of your studies:

  • advisory centers
  • mentoring programs
  • info sessions
  • workshops
  • extensive online information
Carmen Reck
Student advisor
Student advisory services (ZSB)

+49 721 608 - 44930Carmen Reck does-not-exist.kit edu


Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
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76131 Karlsruhe



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