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Concept

We offer unique possibilities that go beyond the framework of a study program and optimally prepare for a prominent career. The basic thought behind our concept is to enable motivated students a self-directed, research-oriented study program that provides the greatest freedom and flexibility in combination with soft skill training and interdisciplinary networking. We offer a friendly and creative learning environment and support our students as best we can on their path to academic excellence. Experience from the last years has shown that motivated people perform best and are most successful in a flexible environment. Rules and regulations slow down motivation and impair success. We therefore try to respond to each student in a flexible and individual manner.

Flexibility

Our students do not follow a rigid course of study, but put together a schedule according to their own interests. The connections that are fundamental for modern physics are taught for research program participants in exclusive lectures with only about 15 participants. The lectures are held by two professors, thus ensuring optimal support. In addition, each student is paired up with a more senior student serving as their personal mentor.

Research projects

True to our motto of enabling flexible study conditions, our students participate in fewer compulsory internships than are usually required. Instead, they work on individual projects in current research chosen according to their interests. During this time, they become part of a university research group - like scientists - and thus gain valuable experience in current research. Problems in modern research cannot be solved by following recipes. Rather, a combination of learned and new methods must be adapted to a specific problem. Skills like working independently, discipline, project planning and documentation form the basis for successful science and are perfected by our students “on the job”. The experience of the last years has shown that these projects stimulate students' initiative and lead to surprisingly fruitful results. Many of our students even go on to publish their findings.

Sabbatical semester

Each student is given the opportunity to forego taking classes during a semester. This sabbatical semester offers, for example, time for an extended stay abroad, for advancing one's own research projects or for doing an extended internship. For all activities during the sabbatical semester, we provide support to our students. For example, we guarantee a space for spending a semester abroad at our partner universities or arrange for an internship. It is also possible to obtain financial aid.

Soft skills

In addition, our students may participate for free in soft skills seminars and workshops offered by the Elite Network of Bavaria. During these events, led by professionals and spanning several days, students learn, for instance, presentation techniques, leadership skills and intercultural skills. Courses are offered in German and English. The seminars take place with participants from other Elite Network study programs in conference hotels, enabling an exchange of experience across academic disciplines.

Study week

Every year, we organize a so-called study week. All participants of the research program - students and doctoral candidates - spend a week at a place that offers numerous recreational opportunities. In addition to joint leisure time activities, topics are examined that are usually not covered in detail in physics studies. The students choose these topics ahead of time and then receive an introduction by guest scientists. This is done through lectures, tutorials and independent project work. During recent study weeks, for example, students looked at the physics of climate change, nonlinear dynamics and networks.

Interdisciplinary network

The students of the research program are automatically members of the Elite Network of Bavaria and may therefore attend network events. After completing their studies, they will obtain a certificate presented by Bavaria's science minister at the annual graduation ceremony.
   
 
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