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Master's Programme Physics 

Faculty Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0533 Physics
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 876
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2020W) *
Language of Instruction English
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2020W)

The complete version of the curriculum (in progress) 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)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification: 

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

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

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).

First Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Modern Physics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Individual Choice of Specialisation
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules out of the Specialisations
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

Second Semester »

15.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules out of the Specialisations
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Individual Choice of Specialisation

Third Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules out of the Specialisations
22.5 ECTS-Credits: Critical Research Analysis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master's Thesis » continue in 4. semester

Fourth Semester »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis  
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Defence of the Master's Thesis

In-depth studies »

  • Quantum Sciences
  • Quantum Engineering  
  • Ion- and Applied Physics
  • Many-body Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Astro- and Particle Physics

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Physics prepares for a highly qualified occupation in industry and in research as well as for the Doctor of Philosophy Programme Physics. It deepens and widens the abilities and the knowledge in the field of physics that have been acquired during the Bachelor's Programme Physics, and mainly deepens the ability for independent scientific working. Within the context of research-oriented teaching, in-depth study in six different areas is offered:

  • Quantum Sciences,
  • Quantum Engineering,
  • Ion- and Applied Physics,
  • Many-body Physics,
  • Computational Physics as well as
  • Astro- and Particle Physics.

These specialisations can be deepened by a wide range of elective offers. The study programme is concluded with a master's thesis, a resarch paper in a relevant field of physics mentioned, which is included in one of the approx. 30 working groups.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in one of the in-depth studies (Quantum Sciences, Quantum Engineering, Ion- and Applied Physics, Many-body Physics, Computational Physics, Astro- and Particle Physics). They are able to apply their knowledge at the intersections of related sciences by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The career fields of the graduates of the Master's Programme Physics are in particular natural science and technology, both in industry and research. Occupational profiles of graduates of the bachelor's programme can be found in fields of science and technolgy where problem-solving capacities and independent implementation of projects are required. Moreover, these activities are also demanded in other fields (e.g. project management, consulting and banking).

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Master’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits or 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 cirteria
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

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Franosch  

Information for students with disabilities  

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