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

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: 7,5   |   Quota 2 2019: -  
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


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 area number: 22120

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

1. A qualifying examination 

2. Grade requirements: You will need both an average grade of at least 7.0 on your overall qualifying examination (incl. any bonus for extra A-level subjects) and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A specifically (on the Danish 7-point grading scale).

3. The following specific admission requirements:

  • 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 one or more subjects which you have not completed, you can take them as supplementary courses at upper secondary school level or a summer supplementary courses (conditional admission).

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

If you don’t meet the grade requirements

If you don’t meet, or don’t expect to meet, the grade requirements of an average grade of at least 7.0 io your qualifying examination and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A, you can apply for admission through an entrance examination. Completing the entrance examination is equivalent to fulfilling the grade requirements, but does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who wish to take part in the entrance examination must apply before the deadline on 15 March at 12:00 (quota 2)

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. All quota 2 applicants will be invited to take an entrance examination.

Read more about quota 2 and the entrance examination

If there are more qualified applicants than quota 2 places, the applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Your score from the entrance examination
  2. Your average grade in Mathematics A
  3. A concrete assessment of your academic qualifications for admission (for example average grade from your qualifying examination, special permission or similar relevant selection criteria)

Regarding admission 2020

If there are more qualified candidates than the number of seats in quota 2, the following criteria will be included in an overall assessment of the applications:

  • Score from the admission test
  • Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below,)

Quota 2 subjects:

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

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.



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: 


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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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