The Department of Physics at the University of Münster has approximately 1,300 students of physics and geophysics (including those in physics education), plus about 200 PhD students. It has long been one of the large physics departments in Germany. Due to its size, the department is able to cover a broad range of subjects in both research and teaching, with programs for both undergraduates and postgraduates offering many possibilities for specialization, depending on students’ interests.
In addition, the department offers teaching services for students of other departments such as chemistry, biology, earth science, computer science, mathematics, medicine, pharmacy and other subjects.
Despite the large number of students (for a physics department at least), the department places great value on intensive and personal study guidance. Theoretical and laboratory assignments are carried out in small study groups, offering many opportunities for in-depth discussion both between the students themselves and with their supervisors.
About 30 professors and 70 scientists are engaged in the teaching at the department. About the same number of researchers is financed by external research funds offering students exciting insights on an internationally acknowledged level in all research areas of the department.