This study programme qualifies you to teach physics in secondary education at a German Gymnasium.
In this study programme you will become an expert in physics, enabling you to pass on your knowledge to your pupils in class. Physics encompasses a wide field of study. The fundamental aim is to understand how matter in its various forms and sizes interacts with the fundamental forces of nature. The typical work of physicists includes not only exploiting fundamental phenomena for the development of new measuring techniques, but also modelling theoretical concepts and complex processes with the aid of computers. Generally, we distinguish between experimental physics and theoretical physics, which includes the fast growing field of computational physics. Physics performs a decisive role in the shaping of our future as a basis of the other natural sciences and as an immediate supplier of impulses for new technologies.
|Degree||Bachelor of Education (Secondary education)|
|Programme start||Winter semester|
|Period of study||6 semesters|
|Application period||17.5. - 15.9.|
|⌀ Number of students||30|
Why study Physics in the University of Konstanz?
You will benefit from the short distances within our campus. You can attend lectures and seminars in close coordination and do not need to plan in long travel routes. If by chance some of the classes in your 2 (or 3) subjects do happen to overlap, the department is always here to help you organise your studies. Moreover, you will study in small groups. The Department of Physics provides you with individual supervision. The mentoring programme enables you to develop contacts with university teachers right from the start of your studies. The professors in the department cultivate an open-door policy, so that you can seek advice at any time without having to wait for appointments during special consultation hours. As mathematics is one of the most important tools of a physicist, our university offers a 4-week preparatory course in mathematics. This will help you start your studies as you can deepen your knowledge and refresh your basic skills. At the same time you can get to know co-students and become acquainted with your new home environment. You will attend courses on didactics in physics that will cover the theoretical basics and will especially equip you with skills relevant for practical teaching. These courses are organised in cooperation with the Studienseminar in Rottweil and contract lecturers from schools in Konstanz.
Prospects and opportunities
Studying teacher education at the University of Konstanz will qualify you first and foremost for a teaching post in the state of Baden-Württemberg. When choosing the subjects you wish to study, you should note that your employment chances will partly depend on your combination of subjects. Normally, you will complete your bachelor’s degree after six semesters and continue with your master's programme (four semesters). You will then complete 18 months as a trainee teacher (Referendariat) at a school in Baden-Württemberg. After successfully completing your 'Referendariat', you will be fully qualified to teach at a German Gymnasium (secondary school). Your professional post will preferably be at a school in the state of Baden-Württemberg. In principle, there is also the possibility of applying for a position in other federal states (among other things, this depends on the subject combination required by each specific state).
You can find out more about career entry in the www.uni-konstanz.de/en/study/advice-and-services/career-service/dreamjob-starting-a-career-insights-from-our-alumni/dreamjob-teaching-degree/">interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career.Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.
Starting in the winter semester 2017/18, the master’s programme will be offered for future school teachers.
Students always have to study two major subjects. You may freely combine your choice of subjects from those offered at the University of Konstanz. But you should note that some subject combinations demand a higher level of organisation and work. This is why we recommend you to seek more information and personal advice before entering your application. The bachelor's programme generally lasts for six semesters and is concluded with a bachelor thesis. To continue with the master's programme, you will need to make a new application. The master's programme generally lasts for four semesters. A combination of three subjects is not available in the bachelor's programme. It might, however, be possible to study a third subject for future teaching purposes during the master’s programme.
The study programme for future teachers consists of the following elements:
- Academic studies: Studies in both of the future teaching subjects
- Teaching methodology: Acquisition of subject-specific theories and methods for teaching the subject matter
- Educational science: Acquisition of educational and other qualifications relevant to a teaching position
- Practical experience: During your bachelor's programme you will complete a 3-week orientation internship and during your master's programme a 12-week practical teaching semester.
You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.
Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.
Mandatory main subject
Internship and study abroad
During your bachelor's programme you will complete a three-week orientation internship and during your master's programme a 12-week practical teaching semester.
A period of study abroad is always highly recommendable. You can spend semesters abroad at numerous European and non-European universities. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.
Impressions from students and lecturers
Hear from students and lecturers
In our interview series, students talk about their subject, teachers explain the department's research and tell you what topics they cover in seminars and lectures.
- Three Questions to Fabian, B.Sc. Physics
- Three Questions to Hannah, B.Sc. Physics
- Three Questions to Alexander, B.Ed. Mathematics and Physics
- Three Questions to Ronja, B.Ed. Mathematics and Physics
- Students report: Jennifer Koch, M.Sc. Physics
- Students report: Stefan Petersen, M.Sc. Physics
Get an impression
Discover online lectures and websites with more information about your prospective subject.
What interests and skills should I have?
You are not afraid of working hard with patience and determination, you enjoy experimenting and are able to theoretically analyse complex interrelationships. Useful background knowledge from your own school years includes a good understanding of mathematics and English.
As a teacher you need a variety of skills and competences. You should of course be fascinated by the contents of your subject, and at the same time enjoy sharing your knowledge with your young students. You will need to be able to develop teaching concepts, sometimes with your teacher colleagues, and you will need to demonstrate a high level of educational skills in your daily work with children and adolescents. In addition to this, you will need a variety of social competencies. These include communication skills, conflict ability, resilience and the ability to inspire and motivate. These skills will also help you when interacting with parents. You are basically responsible for creating a positive learning environment which enables your school students to develop and become well-equipped for the challenges of the future.
Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.
German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.
Language(s) of instruction
The language mainly used in class is German.
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.
Mandatory online test
Before applying for our Bachelor of Education programme you need to take an online self-test. This test will help you to decide whether teaching and working daily with children and adolescents is suitable for you. Please send in your test certificate together with your application papers.
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.
Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.
Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.
Application and application documents
This study programme has no admission restrictions.
An application is possible during the following period: 17.5. - 15.9. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.
During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods, etc.) and upload various PDF documents.
Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:
- your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
- documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ, etc.)
- any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
- any other required documents (medical certificate, etc.)
An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).