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Master's Degree Programme Technical Physics

As an essential area of scientific research, physics is fundamental for innovative developments in leading technologies and issues of future relevance such as energy, the environment and digitalisation. In the master's degree programme Technical Physics, students receive an advanced education in physics close to research and industry.

Students in Technical Physics work with the most modern research infrastructure (for example, electron microscopy) and are involved in interdisciplinary research projects (for example, in the areas of biomechanics or porous materials). You benefit from cooperation with international research centres, such as CERN or the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and cooperation with international universities and well-known high-tech companies.

Content and Specialisation Areas

In the master's degree programme Technical Physics, you build on the knowledge you have acquired in the bachelor's degree programme and solve scientific and practical problems. In addition to receiving a basic education, you have several opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge, such as of

  • nano- and quantum materials for the development of new functional structures as well as concepts that allow you to develop materials for the future (including the preparation of artificial skin),
  • the most modern laser spectroscopy techniques used to investigate physical processes on atomic length and time scales and
  • computer simulations for everything from basic research to targeted material development.

You can choose three areas of specialisation from among 13 advanced modules in Technical Physics. You can also choose electives from among the courses offered in the Physics master’s programme. As part of your master's thesis, you will work on one of the numerous current research projects.

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  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Diplom-Ingenieurin or Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.Ing. or DI), equivalent to the Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Admission requirements


Semester plan

Mariana Bras
Mariana Brás, master's degree student in Technical Physics, from Portugal

Technical Physics gives you tools not only to see the world but also to understand it. Physics goes beyond the visible world.

TU Graz has opened doors that were closed to me before. In addition, all of the professors are so understanding and helpful. They have an honest and profound interest in their subject and they are fascinated by their specialist field.

The university has a large number of laboratories with great facilities that enable you to combine theory with practice. TU Graz also has numerous interesting connections to companies.


Academic year 2020/21

The admission procedure has already been completed.

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

Academic year 2021/22

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

Andreas Kautsch
Andreas Kautsch, graduate; Head of Particle Analysis & Surface Charge, Anton Paar GmbH

Understanding scientific and technical principles and using this knowledge to solve complex problems – that motivated me to start studying physics and also during my studies. Because I wanted to take a hands-on work approach, I chose to conduct experimental work for my degree theses. Now I work in a high-tech company that depends heavily on vertical integration. Exactly this kind of motivation and these types of skills are needed to work efficiently in an interface function on a wide range of topics.

Admission Deadlines

Summer semester 2020:

7 January to 30 June 2020

Winter semester 2020/21:

13 July to 30 November 2020

Please note: You may need to complete an admission procedure before you can register for the programme.

Further informationen on admission

International degree programme applicants: admission and application deadlines

Career Options

Technical physicists have many career options. They are regarded as universal problem solvers in innovative industries. They work as highly qualified specialists in scientific and technical fields in industry, business and science both here in Austria and abroad.

Technical physicists work especially in the following areas:

  • Institutes of higher education as well as other educational and research institutes
  • Data processing
  • Electronics and electrical engineering
  • Precision mechanics and optics
  • Machinery and vehicle construction
  • Healthcare and public services
  • Service sector and business services
Gernot Bukovnik
Gernot Bukovnik, graduate; Team Leader and Senior Engineer Aerodynamics at Magna Steyr

Technical physics forms the basis of all engineering sciences and therefore offers graduates a variety of fields of application in industry.

I am particularly fascinated by the representation of complex systems of reality through mathematical models, the simulation of these virtual models by means of numerical methods and the verification of the simulation results through experiments. All these topics are discussed in the master’s degree programme Technical Physics and the required specialist knowledge is imparted.

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EN: The language of instruction is English.

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