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Master's Degree Programme

The Master's programmes in Physics at the University of Zurich (UZH) enable a first specialisation in a current field of research. They start in the autumn semester and last three semesters (90 ECTS credits). A minor for an additional 30 ECTS can be taken voluntarily. Upon successful completion, the following title is awarded: "Master of Science UZH in Physics". The programme language is English. In the first and second semesters, the study programmes consist of lectures, exercises and internships in the chosen field of specialisation. The research groups of our institute organize an information event at regular intervals, where we present possible topics for Bachelor and Master Theses.

At UZH, four different Master's specializations are offered at the Physics Institute in internal and associated research groups: Condensed Matter, Elementary Particle Physics, Astro(particle) Physics and Cosmology, Biological and Medical Physics.

The annual reports and the websites of the individual research groups give an overview of the current research work.

For students with a BSc degree with a major in Physics

BSc 180/150 major in Physics
Students with a BSc degree with a major in Physics for 180 or 150 ECTS credits can continue with a consecutive master’s programme without restrictions.
If the master specialisation is Astrophysics and Cosmology, it requires the compulsory module: Introduction to Astrophysics (AST241).
If this module is not taken in the Bachelor's programme, the corresponding module must be completed in the Master's programme, whereby crediting is possible in the elective area of the Master's programme.

BSc 120 major in Physics
With a BSc degree in Physics with 120 ECTS, a transfer to the consecutive Master requires the following modules, which differ depending on the Master's concentration. Depending on the chosen concentration and the modules taken during the bachelor's programme, students must complete certain modules (see below).
The corresponding modules are compulsory.

  • Condensed Matter
    Compulsory module: Solid State Physics (PHY210), Quantum Mechanics I (PHY331*)
  • Elementary Particles
    Compulsory modules: Nuclear and Particle Physics I (PHY211), Quantum Mechanics I (PHY331*)
  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
    Compulsory module: Introduction to Astrophysics (AST241)
  • Bio- and medical Physics
    Compulsory modules: Nuclear and Particle Physics I (PHY211)

*PHY331 is compulsory for students starting with their master studies in fall semester 2021 or later.

Modules on this list that were not completed in the Bachelor's programme are to be completed in the Master's programme, the credits are accounted in the elective area of the Master's programme.

In addition, the list of the modules to be taken is discussed with the supervisor of the Master thesis and the coordinator of the Master specialisation, which can lead to a different list.

You must have successfully completed all compulsory and core elective modules (including your bachelor’s thesis) to sign up for the master’s programme.

Students will receive credit towards their master’s degree from their bachelor’s degree. Students may only begin work on their master’s thesis once they have completed their bachelor’s degree.

For students with a Swiss degree

With a Bachelor’s degree in physics from any Swiss university, you are directly admitted to our Master’s programme in physics. Depending on your chosen specialization as well as the modules completed during your Bachelor's studies, you may need to complete certain modules. For details read §3.2.1 and §3.2.2 of the study regulation program.

For further information about the application and admission please consult the admission's office.

For students with a non-Swiss degree

Admission to a Master’s degree program generally requires a Bachelor’s degree with a total of 180 ECTS credits from a university recognized by the University of Zurich.

For further information about the application and admission please consult the admission's office.

The Admission’s Office individually evaluates bachelor’s degrees from foreign universities. Any documents must be handed in together with the application for matriculation at the Admission’s Office.
Depending on what students have studied previously, they may be required to complete additional coursework during the master’s programme.

If you need help or seek information about subjects like entering Switzerland, registering in Zurich, insurance, living , and accomodation you can contact the International Scholars Center

International Scholars Center

The International Scholars Center supports students at Master and PhD level before and during their stay at UZH on the following topics:

  • Entry into Switzerland
  • Moving after registration in Zurich
  • Residence
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare and school
  • Living in Zurich



Here you can find all the regulations for studying at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UZH.

Study guide

The Guide to Physics Studies provides comprehensive information about the Bachelor's and Master's programs.