Who is qualified?
Applicants must have (or expect to have) a degree equivalent to the MSc degree in Physics (e.g. a "Laurea" etc. including a Master's Thesis) in order to be acceptable for doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg.
Exceptionally good applicants can be accepted for PhD studies with a BSc degree only, however, some conditions may be applied - such a attending certain lectures or delviery of a research report after the first year (so-called 4+4 PhD program).
Heidelberg University requires a "very good" final grade comparable to a grade of 2.0 or better in the German grading scheme (equivalent to B+ or better in the US lettergrade system).
Heidelberg University also requires a sufficiently deep & broad physics education during the undergraduate studies. Please, check the Faculty webpage concerning formal pre-requisites for PhD studies in physics and astronomy.
We do not expect a MSc degree already at the time of the application deadline and encourage applications in particular if the university degree is awarded after the deadline for applications. However, the final degree must have been awarded before the start of the PhD studies (see above the policy concerning BSc degrees).
In exceptional cases, applicants who do not have a full Master's thesis may be accepted if they can proof their ability to carry out independent research projects otherwise, for example by first-authorship in refereed publications.
IMPRS-HD does not require a test of English language proficiency. We prefer to check communication skills during the interview. However, for international applicants whose mother-tongue is not English or German it could be beneficial for the application to provide some proof of language proficiency.