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Bachelor's Programme Physics

Faculty Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
Mode of Study
ISCED-F 0533 Physics
Study Code
UC 033 676
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2007W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

* 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

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (CM 6 lit.a/4 hrs./6 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Introduction to Physics (CM 5/ 1h./2.5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 21.5 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

Module 6 (5 ECTS-Credits):

  1. Physics Ia: Mechanics (VO2, 3 ECTS-Credits)
  2. Physics Ia: Mechanics (SL1, 2 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

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 6 semesters or 180 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).

Bridge Course Mathematics

The bridge course mathematics is recommended to first year students in the Bachelor's programmes Technical Mathematics and School Teacher Training Mathematics. The bridge course offers support for first year students to ease the transition from school to university.

First Semester »

  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Preparation Course Mathematics
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Linear Algebra
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Analysis 1
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Physics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Physics II: Electromagnetism and Optics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Analysis 2
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Mathematical Methods of Physics 1
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Programming for Physicists

Third Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Physics III: Quantum and Atom Physics
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Physics Laboratory 1
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Mathematical Methods of Physics 2
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Physics 1

Fourth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Physics IV: Nuclear and Particle Physics
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Physics Laboratory 2
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Physics 2
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module according to § 5, Para. 2

Fith Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Physics 3
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module according to § 5, Para. 2

Sixth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Laboratory
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Physics 4
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module according to § 5, Para. 2

Graphic chart »

BA Physik Coursesequence

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Bachelor’s Programme Physics prepares graduates for occupational opportunities as physicists in industry and economy, and for the Master’s Programme Physics. The bachelor’s programme gives an overview of the fundamental principles of the different disciplines in the field of physics, and it offers a wide range of elective modules. Graduates are able to analyze and solve physical issues in natural science, engineering, economy, medicine, and other fields.   

The programme conveys:

  • basic knowledge of mechanics, themrodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics, solid-state physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, molecular physics, quantum theory, and the introduction to mathematics and computer science,
  • practial training with interships, 
  • the ability to independently develop in-depth knowledge,
  • the ability to work in a team as well as to present and document results.

Expected Learning Outcomes 

Graduates possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills in order to apply technical issues in natural science, engineering, economy, medicine and economy in interdisciplinary contexts. The training in basic and research-oriented teaching in the fields of experimental and theoretical physics enables graduates to make knowledge-based solutions on creative approaches.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor’s Programme Physics are in demand in the fields of natural science and engineering, as well as in industry and research. In particular, by their ability to provide independent problem solutions, they are characterized for a wide range of career fields.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Konstanze Zwintz

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Math. Dr. Tim Netzer

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