Physics study guide

The Physics Study Guide (PDF, 1188 KB) summarises all the information - including information from higher-level regulations - that is relevant for studying physics at the University of Zurich.

The superior regulations are summarized in the framework and study regulations of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNF): The MNF Framework Regulation regulates the general conditions for Bachelor's and Master's programmes at MNF. The MNF study regulations contain detailed information on all major and minor programmes offered (modules, examinations and credit points) (general section, module catalogue). The framework regulation and the study regulations are legally binding.

Bachelor's programme

The Bachelor's program (study guide) lasts 6 semesters and includes the general physical
Basic training and is completed with a bachelor thesis. The diploma "Bachelor of Science in Physics" (BSc UZH in Physics) is suitable as a basis for a variety of master's degree courses.

The Bachelor's programme is available in three variants: as a mono subject (also full study subject), in which all 180 ECTS are taken in physics, or as a main subject with minor subject, whereby the scope of the minor subject is either 30 or 60 ECTS and that of the major subject is correspondingly 150 or 120 ECTS.

Overview of the study programme up to the Bachelor's degree

The scheme is valid for students who started in autumn semester 18 and from the 3rd semester onwards for students who started in autumn semester 17.

For students who started before autumn semester 17, transitional regulations apply. In case of doubt, please contact the Student Advisors.

Master's programme

The Master's programme (study guide) includes a specialisation in a current field of research and lasts 3 semesters, if a minor subject is chosen, 4 semesters. The focus is on the Master's thesis in the form of a research paper at a high scientific level. The MSc - Diploma "Master of Science UZH in Physics" (MSC UZH in Physics), is the professional qualification for academic physical activities and forms the scientific basis for the teaching diploma for Matura schools.


Following the MSc degree, the doctoral degree "Doctor scientiarum naturalium" ( = Ph.D.) can be obtained in about 3 to 4 years with an instructed, but increasingly independent scientific research work.


the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is used (ECTS, also known as our credit point system, ECTS credits = credit points). The programme consists of individual, thematically more or less independent teaching units (modules), each with its own proof of achievement; the course structure corresponds to the Bologna model. The clear structure also promotes and simplifies the possibility of completing part of the course of study at another European university without any loss of time.