PHYSICS

The science behind natural phenomena - from the biggest to the smallest

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Physics teaches you how to understand, explain, analyse and describe nature through the use of theory and mathematics. You learn to utilise your knowledge in practice, so you can work to develop new materials and technology.

Asking questions and finding answers

At physics you learn to use analysis, methodology, physics and mathematics to solve problems, ask questions and find answers to various correlations in our world. You will work with everything from elementary particle physics and their interaction to the birth of the universe around 14 billion years ago and the formation of galaxies, stars and planets.

Studying on the physics programme

The course programme at Physics is based on lectures, class lessons, practical exercises and work with your study group, in which you work together on assignments and writing reports. The first year of the study program gives you a complete presentation of classical physics. You learn the subject’s basic theories, concepts and methods, and you must take basic courses in mathematics and IT.

Start with the fundamental - and then go in depth

During the course of the degree programme you will work in-depth with topics such as quantum mechanics, statistical physics, atomic and molecular physics, nuclear and particle physics, and solid state physics. After the first academic year you can go in different directions e.g towards astronomy or the technical aspects of physics. You can also aim towards a career as a teacher in upper secondary schools, or you can use various supplementary subjects to create your own profile.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in physics, you will be qualified for a number of Master's degree programmes. For example the Master's degree in physics, which can provide you with job opportunities in areas such as materials development, research, teaching, the hospital sector or the IT sector and a wide range of other fields.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22120

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

 A qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics A and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics A and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Physics B and Chemistry A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry A

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A
  • Physics B or Geoscience A
  • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A

 

Admission 2018

In 2018 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2018 you must have at least 7.0 grade average in the qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than the number of places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in physics, you can find more information, the content of the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

SEE THE ACADEMIC REGULATIONS FOR PHYSICS


 

Student life

Studying on the physics programme

During the first year of the Bachelor's degree programme you get a complete presentation of classical physics and become familiar with the theory of relativity and astrophysics. Later you will have more in-depth studying of topics such as with topics such as quantum mechanics, statistical physics, atomic and molecular physics, nuclear and particle physics, and solid state physics. You will be taught by active researchers throughout your studies, in particular physicists and astronomers. Topics from the latest research play an increasingly important role as you progress in the degree programme. 

The course programme at Physics

You will typically have three to four hours of lectures each week per course at which all students from your year group are gathered, while you will have approximately the same number of practical exercises per course each week. The practical exercises take place in classes with approximately 20 participants. Most courses at physics contain theoretical exercises, where you have calculation assignments. Some courses also include laboratory work, where you carry out experimental studies. At the beginning of the degree programme you have 20-25 hours of classroom instruction a week, which can be distributed as follows: 

Monday

10:00–12:00: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (theoretical exercises)

12:00–14:00: Relativity and Astrophysics (lecture) 

Tuesday

08:00–11:00: Calculus Beta (laboratory work)

14:00–16:00: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (lecture) 

Wednesday

11:00–12:00: Relativity and Astrophysics (lecture)

12:00–15:00: Relativity and Astrophysics (theoretical exercises)

Thursday

12:00–15:00: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (theoretical exercises)  

Friday

08:00–10:00: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (lecture)

10:00–12:00: Calculus Beta (theoretical exercises)  

12:00–13:00: Calculus Beta (lecture)

You should also expect to spend time on preparation, working in study groups, writing assignments and other activities not on the timetable.

Students: The more you learn, the more interesting it gets

"The best thing about studying here is that academic curiosity is constantly being broadened. The more you learn about the world's structure, the more interesting it becomes, and studying physics requires a lot of you. You must have an understanding of science, but also time and energy. There is a lot to do and that encourages social communities. You get together in dynamic study groups where you sit in the library and read or use the classrooms. The Department of Physics is on the go twenty-four hours a day."

Jesper Lund, undergraduate student, Physics 

Student environment

In recent years, much effort has been made to create a good student environment at the Department of Physics and Astronomy – as regards the working methods, social environment and facilities.

The many enthusiastic and active students have an impact on the study environment at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The social and academic associations at the department have festive traditions and organise events such as a hat party and a picnic, which represent a pleasant change from the daily routines.

Social and academic student associations

The department’s Friday bar – Fysisk Fredagsbar – opens every Friday at 16.00 and occasionally offers special events with a theme. Mads Føk is the name of a joint newsletter for mathematics and physics students. This newsletter is normally published 8–9 times a year and includes a wide range of contributions – including a calendar. The newsletter tries to publish up-to-date information about events at the departments. Fysikshowet (the Physics Show) was started by students at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and is now organised by a team of around 20 students at the department. The show presents a thought-provoking, entertaining discussion for 1–2 hours of a number of physical phenomena – both from our everyday lives and the more extreme conditions we can create in the laboratory. The PS! Personale og Studerende ved IFA (PS! Staff and students at the Department of Physics and Astronomy) association organises a Christmas lunch and a theme evening. Tågekammeret (the Cloud Chamber) is the name of the social and lecture association at the Faculty of Science at the University of Aarhus. In addition to organising celebrations and lectures, the association has a meeting room that is used as a social meeting point for students of mathematics and physics – an oasis where you can eat your lunch, relax between lectures or enjoy a soft drink or a beer. UNF (the Danish Youth Association of Science) promotes familiarity with science – particularly among young people – by organising lectures, study visits, study groups and study tours.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Many possible Master's degree programmes

With a Bachelor’s degree in physics, you will be qualified for a number of Master's degree programmes depending on the choices you make during your studies. You can continue on the Master's degree programme in physics or the Master's degree programme in astronomy. You can also take a Master’s degree in mathematics and science studies.

You can conduct research with the best

There are many career opportunities for graduates from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, both in Denmark and abroad. If you want to become a researcher, you should complete your studies with a PhD degree. Around a third of Master’s degree students choose to continue onto the PhD programme, which means a total of eight years of study. 

Jobs for physicists

As a physicist, you have job opportunities in many different areas. You can work in the private sector, in consultancy firms or in areas such as medical physics, meteorology or as an upper secondary school teacher.