Physics (Master)

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Based on the comprehensive general education in the field of physics during the bachelor’s programme, the master’s programme in Physics allows students to choose an emphasis and specialisation, and introduces them to the practice of academic research and writing. The master’s programme in Physics is based on the research profile of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna.

Graduates are qualified to observe complex phenomena in nature and technology experimentally, describe them from a theoretical and mathematical perspective and simulate and model them with the aid of computers. They have profound knowledge of their discipline and are able to apply relevant modern research methods.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 876

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme in Physics comprises the group of elective modules “Core” as well as four compulsory modules (Specialisation in Current Research Topics A, Specialisation in Current Research Topics B, Extension and Specialisation). Classes are held in German and English. Therefore, we recommend language proficiency in English corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Quantum optics
  • Solid-state physics
  • Isotope physics
  • Gravitational physics
  • Materials physics

     Overview of the programme structure & topics

    Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

    After Graduation

    Through their profound academic education and their ability to think analytically in research, graduates are qualified to work independently and methodologically and develop problem-solving competences in a variety of different areas. Accordingly, the job profile of physicists is diverse and includes activities at universities and non-university research institutions, in industry (research and development, management), in the health sector, in the public service sector as well as in service institutions (banks, insurance companies, business consulting). During their professional activity, graduates of the master’s programme benefit of the English language skills practised through their research work.

    Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

    Graduate Survey

    The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

    Information about the Graduate Survey

    Career Tracking of Graduates

    The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

    Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates