Faculties of FAU
The five faculties may be very different in terms of their areas of expertise, but they are all equally committed to research and connecting research and teaching. Each of the faculties is involved in several of FAU’s Key Research Priorities and they have also established their own interdisciplinary Research Focus Areas, which often cover subjects within several different departments.
The Faculty offers a wide range of degree programmes in the spirit of universitas litterarum, including part-time degree programmes and continuing professional development Master’s degree programmes which are especially suitable for working professionals. It is also home to the teaching degrees (Lehramt) for all types of schools and a wide range of subjects. Many of its lectures and seminars are also open to guest students and mature students.
The Faculty is involved in many research institutions, including 5 central institutes, 12 interdisciplinary centres and a range of institutions supported by third-party funding, exchanging both expertise and staff. It also has many collections of historical and archaeological importance, such as the Prehistory and Ancient History Collection, the Antique and Classical Collection and the School History Collection.
Since it was founded it 1743, the School of Law (in German) has made a significant contribution to Erlangen’s reputation as a key location for legal knowledge and teaching. It maintains close contact with many legal bodies and professionals and companies in the region which is beneficial for its students and enriches its teaching. The School believes in a practical focus, teaching core skills and professional development, all of which are strengthened by the Institute of Notary Law and Legal Practice and an active alumni network. All members of the School are also able to benefit from its global academic network.
The School of Business and Economics is one of the most well-known in Germany and is very strong in research. More than 6,000 students from many different countries are currently studying in 21 innovative degree programmes, obtaining excellent theoretical and practical skills preparing them for careers in business, public organisations and research. Top research and teaching of international renown, internationality, a strong practical focus, outstanding networks with the business world and consistent quality assurance are the success factors of the School of Business and Economics.
The Faculty’s Research Focus Areas – immunology and infection research, renal and cardiovascular research, neuroscience (including pain and eye research) and tumour research – are tied together by its expertise in molecular medicine, clinical trials and medical engineering. The objective is to ensure that research data can be transferred quickly to clinical practice. This is known as translational research. One of the Faculty’s most promising projects is the Leading-Edge Cluster ‘Medical Valley (EMN)’, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In the area of immunology and infection research, FAU is the national leader in terms of DFG funding.
Alongside traditional degree programmes in human medicine and dentistry, the Faculty of Medicine also offers a degree programme in molecular medicine, which was the first of its kind in Germany. The Medical Process Management degree programme was added in the winter semester 2008/09 and is currently the only one of its kind in the country. The Faculty of Medicine also began offering a degree programme in speech therapy two years ago, creating a model degree programme for a subject usually studied as a vocational qualification. The Faculty is a leader in the area of general medicine and was the first Bavarian university to establish a chair in this subject in the winter semester 2013. Its goal is to encourage more students to specialise in general medicine to help counteract the lack of general practitioners in rural areas.
The Faculty carries out both fundamental and applied research. This research is highly interdisciplinary, involving not only researchers from the Faculty’s departments but also experts from the Faculties of Medicine and Engineering, as well as other national and international institutions. The Faculty is involved in six of the University’s eight Major Research Areas and has also established its own Research Focus Areas which cover a wide range of topics, from communication and signalling to molecular materials and geodynamics, geomaterials and georesources, representation theory, astroparticle physics and optics.
Its students receive an outstanding education in a variety of degree programmes which cover all of the key scientific disciplines, with twelve Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes and teaching degrees (Lehramt) for the subjects biology, chemistry, geography, mathematics and physics. The Faculty ensures a close interlinking of research and teaching, allowing new knowledge to be passed directly on to its students. At the same time, students are given intensive support with their final theses which are highly research-based and contribute to the research progress. The Faculty of Sciences also runs the Bavarian elite degree programme ‘Physics Advanced’. It offers nine courses for talented school students in years 11 to 13.
The Faculty of Engineering addresses fundamental research and also investigates areas which are of commercial and technological interest. Its Research Focus Areas are: new materials and processes, life science engineering and medical engineering, modelling and simulation, energy technology and mobility, optical technologies, information and communication technology, and micro- and nanotechnology. These areas involve a considerable amount of interdisciplinary dialogue between various subjects and institutions. Some of the outstanding projects at the Faculty of Engineering include the Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’ and the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies.
The Faculty currently offers more than 20 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. In addition to traditional subjects such as chemical and biological engineering, electrical, electronic and communication engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, it also runs a variety of interdisciplinary degree programmes in subjects such as nanotechnology and life science engineering. These degree programmes involve a great deal of collaboration with the Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law.