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Bachelor programs Technical Physics

Study Code E 033 261 - Bachelor programme Technical Physics
Duration of Study 6 Semesters
Credits 180 ECTS
Degree Bachelor of Science (BSc)
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Prerequisites

An important requirement for studying Technical Physics is having the interest and curiosity to confront the fundamentals of today's scientific world and question the relationships of that world. You must able to deal with abstract topics, have a positive attitude towards maths, and a talent for practically applying the knowledge you gain. Those who have finished their studies at a general university or vocational college who are interested in engineering (technical) science are well suited to this course of study.

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Course content

The Physics bachelor's course is based on comprehensive foundational study in the field of physics and its applications. Heavy emphasis is placed on modern physics, such as quantum theory, the theory of relativity, statistical physics and the structure of matter that determines our current understanding of the microcosm and also the development of the universe. Mastering these concepts requires intensive mathematical study in the first three semesters of the bachelor's course. Modern physics is the basis for a number of technological developments in electronics, nanotechnology, medicine, power engineering, etc. which is why the bachelor's course includes well-grounded laboratory and electronics study, engineering mechanics and technological subjects in order for students to be able to implement technical concepts. The course includes the following core modules:

  • Foundations of Physics with Practical Laboratory Work
  • Mathematics
  • Foundations of Electronics and IT
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Theoretical Physics (Electrodynamics, Quantum Theory, Statistical Physics)
  • Structure of Matter (Chemistry, Solid State Physics, and Atomic, Nuclear and Particle Physics)

The bachelor's course of Engineering Physics is not geared toward a specific career, rather it is designed to be a comprehensive analytically/methodically-oriented foundational course of study which opens a broad spectrum of career paths. While this degree presents a solid basis for a career in industrial research and development, it also gives you direct access to further studies in master's courses at TU Wien (066 461 Engineering Physics, 066 460 Power and Measurement Engineering in Physics, 066 434 Material Sciences, 099 453 Biomedical Engineering) and, with a few supplementary exams, also to studies in many other master's courses, particularly engineering courses.

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Study conditions

In past years, the Engineering Physics bachelor's course at TU Wien has had between 180 and 250 first-year students. The total number of Physics students at the University is currently about 1300. The Faculty of Physics has plenty of excellently equipped practice and laboratory spaces and enough members of staff so that there are no waiting times for laboratory spots. The faculty has an internationally recognised research profile with emphases on material research, quantum mechanics and fundamental interactions. One feature of studying physics at TU Wien is that students are involved in ongoing research projects even during the bachelor's course (in their third year). Students are able to take part in international research projects because of the great equipment and current staff/student ratio in the Faculty of Physics.

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Master's courses available at TU Wien

The Bachelor's course in Technical Physics is intended not as a specific vocational course but rather as a broadly based education in the principles of the subject, providing access to subsequent study in one of the following Master's courses

  • E 066 461 Technical Physics
  • E 066 460 Physical Energy and Measurement Engineering
  • E 066 434 Materials Sciences (cross-faculty)
  • E 066 453 Biomedical Engineering (cross-faculty)

In addition, with a few supplementary exams, the Bachelor's course in Technical Physics allows access to a number of other Master's courses, particularly in Engineering Sciences.

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Career prospects

The Engineering Physics bachelor's course provides comprehensive, analytically/methodically-oriented study which opens a very wide range of careers, particularly in industrial research and development. Because the foundational knowledge gained from this course of study remains relevant in the long-term, graduates enjoy a high level of flexibility and stability in the working world, even during an economic downturn.

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Further Information

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