Physical Engineering is concerned with translating fundamental findings and research results from the natural sciences, in particular physics and chemistry, into technical innovations.
The study field at a glance
The physical technique includes all modern technologies e.g. from the fields of micro- and nanotechnologies, semiconductor technology and electronics, surface and thin-film technology, optics and laser technology, medical technology, sensor technology, measurement and analysis technology.
Results of basic physical research are taken up and translated into practical applications or technical designs. The aim is to translate findings from physical research into technical innovations as well as useful environmentally friendly and sustainable products and processes.
The study of physical engineering teaches a wide range of basic physical knowledge as well as the competencies for interdisciplinary technical problem solutions. Accompanying topics include mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and other engineering sciences.
The study is mainly offered at universities of applied sciences and also carries the study program designations of technical physics, techno-physics or engineering physics.
Contents of the course
In the bachelor program modules teach the general mathematical-physical, information technology and engineering basic skills. Subject-specific basics in relation to the specific focus of the respective university in events such as on materials science, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, solid state physics, electronics, automation technology, technical optics, laser physics, technical mechanics, computer science and design theory.
A deepening of technical and methodological competence enables application-related modules, for example in areas such as measurement and control technology, vacuum and cryogenics, technical optics, nanostructures, medical physics, laser technologies, spectroscopy, technical acoustics, solar technology.
Possible careers after graduation
Graduates of Physical Engineering (physics engineers) work in all areas of the scientific and technological development chain. Depending on the professional orientation and interests, this includes activities in research institutes, development units of companies, in production, planning, sales and service. Physics engineers work e.g. in the automotive industry and aviation, in mechanical and plant engineering, in the semiconductor industry, in communication technology, in the optical industry or in the fields of laser technology and medical technology. Germany plays a leading role in many of these sectors, so that there are good job prospects with interesting jobs.