Bachelor' thesis and graduation

For their bachelor’s thesis, students actively participate in the work of a research group in experimental or theoretical physics. Students record the results of their thesis in a written report and present them to their seminar group. Both the report and presentation will be graded. You can find suggested topics for a bachelor’s thesis at We also recommend to ask directly in the research groups. You should complete your bachelor’s thesis during the last semester of your bachelor’s program, as it is required to be able to sign up for a master’s program.
The amount of work necessary for a bachelor’s thesis including preparation time (reading relevant literature and discussion with advisors) and compiling of the thesis and presentation is equivalent to 12 (8 for BSc 120) ECTS credits (meaning approximately 9 (6) weeks full time studies). You must design a time plan for your work with your advisor before beginning your project. Remember that the experimental work required for a thesis is intrinsically subject to its own schedule when making your time plan. When you have agreed upon a time plan, it must be recorded in writing along with the date on which you will begin and a definitive deadline.

An information sheet and application form can be found at


When a student successfully completes all requirements, they will receive the diploma “Bachelor of Science UZH in Physics.”

Student’s GPA for their bachelor’s degree is composed of a weighted average of all graded modules according to how many credit points they were worth. Grades from a student’s major in physics and minor are recorded separately.

Information sheets and registration forms

Study guide

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