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Universität Basel

Physics Abschluss: Master

Physik

Physics traces natural phenomena back to quantitative relationships (experimental physics) and mathematically formulated laws (theoretical physics) through experiments, observation and measurement. The division into the two subfields corresponds to the two types of physical research, namely, on the one hand, to ask specific questions of nature and to fathom them through experiments and, on the other hand, to interpret the results with the help of mathematical and numerical methods and to predict new facts.

Study structure

The master's degree is the second degree after the bachelor's degree. The master's program consists of a total of 90 credit points (CP). The Master's program in physics is a so-called mono program without additional subjects. One credit point (CP) ECTS corresponds to approximately 30 working hours.

Master of Science (90 CP)
Physics Electives
Degree program

Combination of subjects

The study programs of the Faculty of Science are basically mono study programs with options for specialization and an elective area.

Physics is studied in the Bachelor's and Master's program as a course of study without additional subjects. In addition, it is possible to study physics as an extra-faculty bachelor's and master's degree subject with a subject from the Faculty of Philosophy and History or as a second subject to sports science.

Career opportunities

More than 2/3 of the graduates initially stay in higher education for a few years to pursue a doctorate. Career prospects are good; due to the low number of students, this will remain the case for the foreseeable future. Many fields of activity are open to physics graduates, for example in:

  • Manufacturing industry (mechanical engineering, watchmaking, high-tech, electrical, chemical and optical industries, microtechnology, software)
  • Research and development (industry and public/private research institutes)
  • Teaching (high schools, universities)
  • Medicine (e.g. medical physics),
  • Communication, science journalism
  • Public administration (testing, calibration and patent offices)
  • the financial world (consulting, banking, insurance, risk assessment)
  • others (transport, energy and safety specialists, personnel services)

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