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English Language Master's Degree Programme Physics

In the English-language Master's Degree Programme in Physics, you will explore the fundamental physical laws operating on Earth. These laws apply to all matter, from the smallest building blocks of matter and nanomaterials to the Earth's climate system and on up to the largest structures in the universe. You will benefit from the outstanding offers available from two universities: TU Graz and the University of Graz.

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Quick Facts

  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: English

The Master's Programme

During your studies, you will receive a demanding, comprehensive physical-mathematical education. The broad basic training includes the following compulsory modules:

  • Statistical Physics: You will acquire knowledge about statistical physics and quantum statistics.
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics: You will learn the principles of advanced quantum mechanics, such as the many-body theory, scattering theory and the interaction between radiation and matter.
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology: You will receive an introduction to fundamental physical and mathematical concepts of general relativity. You will explore the current cosmological observations in more detail.

You then have the opportunity to specialise in one of five specialised subject areas: Astrophysics, Atmospheric Physics and Climate, Experimental Physics, Space Physics and Aeronomy, or Theoretical and Computational Physics.

By carrying out many practical exercises, you will learn more about current research topics, for example, in the field of “Nano- and Quantum Materials” or “Change Monitoring of System Earth” and gain a deeper understanding of these topics. You will have access to high-quality equipment and laboratory facilities at the TU Graz and University of Graz Physics institutes, enabling you to carry out laboratory exercises and undertake your master’s thesis work.

Curriculum

Semester plan

Peter Puschnig, Curricular Committee, Master's Degree Programme of Physics at TU Graz. Photo source: Puschnig
Peter Puschnig, Curricula Committee Physics

The master’s programme in Physics provides you with solid basic training and offers you many opportunities to deepen your knowledge in areas ranging from astrophysics and climate physics to nanophysics and elementary particle physics. Through this programme, you contribute to the fundamental human knowledge about the world.

Focus Areas

The broad basic education offered forms the foundation for further specialisation in specific subject areas. You can specialise in one of the following five areas:

Astrophysics: You will learn more about the physics of stars, the solar system and even exoplanets.

Atmospheric Physics and Climate: In this subject area, you will focus on the Earth's climate system and how to measure and model atmospheric dynamics.

Experimental Physics: You will explore applications ranging from nanooptics and biophysics to novel quantum materials and atomic processes on surfaces more deeply.

Space Physics and Aeronomy: You will learn about the physics of extra-terrestrial atmospheres and magnetospheres and their experimental observation.

Theoretical and Computational Physics: In this subject area, you learn more about the theoretical description and computer simulation of elementary particles and nanomaterials.

It is also possible to develop individual, in-depth modules with the guidance of a mentor.

Collaborations and Networks

International exchange on a scientific level, e.g. in the context of the physics colloquium, is assigned great importance in the master's program.

In addition, internationally renowned visiting professors are invited to spend several weeks at the physics institutes at the University of Graz or TU Graz and provide insights into their research areas.

Students benefit from established cooperation networks with international research institutions such as CERN, international universities, or local institutes such as the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change or the Graz Space Research Institute.

Long-term partnerships with renowned academic institutions both in Austria and abroad enable you to apply your ideas in practice and carry out master's thesis work.

Networking of physics graduates and students worldwide is supported by the IAPS - International Association of Physics Students. Within the framework of IAPS, conferences, excursions to research institutions (e.g. CERN, Joint European Torus, Gran Sasso National Laboratory), summer schools or exchange programs are organised.

Admission

The prerequisite for admission is a completed bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject.

Additionally, you need to provide evidence of competence in the English language.

1. Admission Procedure

Academic year 2020/21

The admission procedure has already been completed.

Graduates of the bachelor’s degree programme Physics offered at TU Graz and University of Graz will be accepted without an admission procedure.

Graduates of all other degree programmes offered at the TU Graz or, in the case of a NAWI Graz programme, the University of Graz can apply for admission at the Registration Office without an admission procedure.

Academic year 2021/22

There will be no admission procedure. You can go directly to the next step (2. Admission).

2. Admission

If you have already been admitted to a degree programme at TU Graz, or have studied at TU Graz before, please come to the registration office in person to complete your admission during the admission period.

Information and Advice

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Career Prospects

Professional Fields

Physicists work as highly qualified specialists in scientific, economic and industrial fields.

Graduates are highly qualified to work in a wide range of interdisciplinary professional fields both in Austria and abroad:

  • You work in public and private research and educational institutions in physical-technical fields.
  • You participate in large, international research collaborations.
  • You work in modelling and simulation in scientific, technical and economic fields.
  • You develop algorithms in a wide range of different fields.
  • You work in and lead research and development departments in various industrial sectors, and especially in high-tech industry.
  • You hold management positions in administration and logistics.