Physics

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The following study programmes are associated with the NAWI Graz Physics group:

Bachelor Physics

Why Physics?

Physics describes the fundamental rules that all natural processes must obey and therefore forms the basis for science and technology. Recent economic studies have also shown that a strong physics education is important for the European economy. Physicists are found throughout industry, business, and science where they are valued for their flexibility and problem solving abilities. They are known as universal problem solvers who drive innovation in the technical fields. The NAWI physics bachelor provides thorough training in the fundamental principles of physics. Potential students should have a thirst for knowledge and a fascination for understanding how things work. They should exhilarated by the challenges of   complex mathematical analysis and creative modelling. The physics bachelor promotes systematic and logical thinking, the ability to reduce a problem to its essence, and the ability to apply the fundamental principles of physics to problems in disciplines outside physics.

 

Structure of the study programme

The New Physics Bachelor is a cooperation between the Graz University of Technology and the University of Graz and replaces the previous bachelor programmes of Technical Physics and Physics. The students will profit from the facilities and expertise of both universities.The core of the six-semester bachelor study consists of fundamental physics courses such as mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, and materials physics. The skills that the students will acquire include mathematical modelling, physical measurement methods, and computer assisted modelling of physical phenomena. There are two possible specializations: General Physics (including geophysics, astrophysics, and particle physics) or Technical Physics (including the material properties of metals and semiconductors). 

Main areas in the bachelor study programme Physics

Experimental Physics

(fundamentals and applications of modern physics; experimental physics Iⅈ measuring methods and laboratory courses; atom-, nuclear-, molecular- and solid state physics; thermodynamics)

52.5 ECTS

Theoretical Physics

(theoretical mechanics; quantum mechanics; electrodynamics)

30 ECTS

Mathematical fundamentals and Programming

(linear algebra; differential and integral calculus; vector analysis; differential equations; programming, C++/MATLAB, statistics and data analysis)

45.5 ECTS
Specialization modules General Physics or Technical Physics34 ECTS
Bachelor Thesis8 ECTS
Free Electives
10 ECTS
180 ECTS

BSc - What to do next?

Besides working in industry as a physicist, graduates of the physics bachelor programme can pursue their scientific training in the physics master programme offered by University of Graz, the technical physics master programme offered by the TU Graz or the English taught NAWI Graz master programme Advanced Materials Science. It is also possible to enter a master programme in an area related to physics such as, advanced material science, environmental system sciences / natural sciences-technology, or space sciences and earth from space.

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Academic Authorities:

Prof. Wolfgang von der Linden
Dean of Studies, Graz University of Technology (BSc/MSc/Dipl.-Ing. Physics/Technical Physics)

Prof. Wolfgang Sprengel
Dean of Studies, Graz University of Technology (Dipl.-Ing. Advanced Materials Science)

Prof. Peter Puschnig
Chairperson of Curricula Committee, University of Graz

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