Physics (Master)

Student preparing an experiment.

© Universität Wien / Barbara Mair

Based on the comprehensive general education in the field of physics during the bachelor’s programme, the master’s programme in Physics allows students to choose an emphasis and specialisation, and introduces them to the practice of academic research and writing. The master’s programme in Physics is based on the research profile of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna.

Graduates are qualified to observe complex phenomena in nature and technology experimentally, describe them from a theoretical and mathematical perspective and simulate and model them with the aid of computers. They have profound knowledge of their discipline and are able to apply relevant modern research methods.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 876

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German and English

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 5.8.2021

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme in Physics comprises the group of elective modules “Core” as well as four compulsory modules (Specialisation in Current Research Topics A, Specialisation in Current Research Topics B, Extension and Specialisation). Classes are held in German and English. Therefore, we recommend language proficiency in English corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Quantum optics
  • Solid-state physics
  • Isotope physics
  • Gravitational physics
  • Materials physics

... and many more.

     Overview of the programme structure & topics

    Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

    After Graduation

    Through their profound academic education and their ability to think analytically in research, graduates are qualified to work independently and methodologically and develop problem-solving competences in a variety of different areas. Accordingly, the job profile of physicists is diverse and includes activities at universities and non-university research institutions, in industry (research and development, management), in the health sector, in the public service sector as well as in service institutions (banks, insurance companies, business consulting). During their professional activity, graduates of the master’s programme benefit of the English language skills practised through their research work.

    Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

    Graduate Survey

    The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


    The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

    Graduates ...

    • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 1.7 (good)
    • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.6 (high)

    → These results are based on feedback from 48 graduates.

    *Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Physics graduation survey (in German).

    Career Tracking of Graduates

    The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

    3 years after graduation ...

    • 69% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
    • graduates earn approx. € 3,241 gross/month.
    • graduates work e.g. in the scientific research and development (non−university)sector.

    *You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "MA Physics".