Master's program

Master's program

Following a Bachelor of Science in Physics, you can complete your master studies within 3 semesters. To obtain a Master's degree in physics 90 ECTS credit points are necessary. Optionally, it is possible to study a minor subject for an additional 30 ECTS credits. Successful graduates receive the degree "Master of Science UZH in Physics". The language of the program is English.
In the Master's program, students specialize in a current field of research. The department of physics has four main different areas of research: 

  • Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology. Our researchers study the universe and its most common building blocks. Experimentally, dark matter is studied in underground direct detection experiments, such as XENON as well as indirectly using annihilation products. Also, gravitational waves are investigated with the aim of a space-based detector in LISA. Theoretically, the properties of gravitational waves, clustering of dark matter in galaxies as well as galaxy and planet formation are pursued.
  • Particle physics. Our research groups are probing the fundamental nature of elementary particles and the interactions between them at the smallest length-scales. This is done in precision tests of the standard model and the search for new physics that goes beyond these expectations. Experimentalists do these tests at CERN and also develop new detectors for LHCb and CMS.  Theorists are involved in all areas of phenomenology for standard model physics and beyond.
  • Bio- and medical physics. Our researchers investigate biological systems from the scale of a single molecule to that of tissues and organisms. Thereby we gain information about e.g. molecular structure and the function of growth control regulated by mechanical forces and radiotherapy of cancers. Technically, the methods used and developed range from electron holography to magnetic resonance imaging and microscopy in turbid media.
  • Condensed matter. Our researchers explore novel phases and effects in quantum matter by studying exotic magnets, superconductors, topological insulators, and atomically thin materials like graphene, and seek useful applications for these materials. Experimentalists use large-scale spectrometers, atom-resolving microscopes, low-temperature equipment and intense laser fields, while theorists rely on the power of equations and that of supercomputers.

Details about the different focus points of the Master's program can be found in the physics study guide.

For students with a Swiss degree

With a “Bachelor of Science UZH in Physics” or a Bachelor’s degree in physics from any other Swiss university, you are directly admitted to our Master’s program in physics. Depending on your chosen focus point 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 physics study guide.

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.

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