Master's Programme Physics

Curriculum (2007W)

As of winter semester 2020/2021 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page »

Master of Science

4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics

Level of qualification
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0533 Physics

Study code
UC 066 876

* Information on the Curriculum (2007W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
 available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 40 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Mathematics
  • 40 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Experimental Physics
  • 40 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Theoretical Physics

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

   5.0 ECTS-Credits: Basic Concepts in Research: Quantum Physics
   5.0 ECTS-Credits: Basic Concepts in Research: Ion, Plasma & Applied Physics
   5.0 ECTS-Credits: Basic Concepts in Research: Astrophysics and Particle Physics
 15.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules in the area of research focus

 30.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules in the area of research focus

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules in the area of research focus
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis › continue 4. Semester!

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defense

Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Physics

The four areas of research focus:

  • Quantum Physics
    (a) Experimental Physics
    (b) Theoretical Physics
  • Ion, Plasma- & Applied Physics
    (a) Experimental Physics
    (b) Theoretical Physics
  • Astro- & Particle Physics
    (a) Astrophysics
    (b) Particle Physics
  • Computational Physics
ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 49.9= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 26.1
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 15.5
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 8.5
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Technikerstraße 17

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Konstanze Zwintz
Website of the Associate Dean of Studies

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Math. Dr. Tim Netzer

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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