MSc Physics

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Program Description

MSc Physics

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Master of Science in Physics

    Physics shapes the future. Wherever you look, you see physics and ways to apply physics. Mobile phones, CD players, radios, TVs and computers are all advanced technical equipment based on physical methods and principles. Satellites above us monitor what takes place on the Earth, including environmental pollution. These observations are downloaded by satellite stations and translated into images that makes it easier to understand the situation on the Earth. Also this is physics. Within meteorology physics is used in measuring the air above us, in order to give better weather predictions. Studies of the northern lights are also important to understand phenomena at northern latitudes.

    Programme description

      The Master's degree programme in physics offers four different disciplines to choose between:
        Earth Observation
          Electrical Engineering
            Energy and Climate
              Space Physics

              Learning outcomes

                Knowledge - The candidate:
                  has a solid basis in physics in general
                    has an advanced level of knowledge in one of the disciplines offered
                      has knowledge about scientific methods in mathematics, statistics and physics

                      Skills - The candidate:

                        is able to use scientific measurement equipment and carry out advanced experiments
                          is able to evaluate and analyse measurement data
                            is able to use programming tools for solving physical problems numerically
                              is able to evaluate and analyse publicised theories, methods and experiments in the physics literature
                                is able to work independently with problem solving

                                Competences - The candidate:

                                  display good communication skills, orally and in writing, in the presentation of scientific work, both for a general public and for specialists in the field.
                                    displays a good working habit, follows the code of ethics, and is able to continue a career within research, production, development and technical professions in the society

                                    Admission requirements

                                      Admission to the Master's programme in physics requires a Bachelor's degree in physics, or another degree following a programme of study of not less than three years' duration, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4.

                                      In addition, specialisation in physics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits is required. Normally, an average mark of "C" or better is required in the Bachelor's degree or similar basis of admission.

                                        Applicants from Norway or other Nordic countries:

                                        The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.

                                          Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
                                            Who is an international applicant?
                                              The application deadline for self-financing and quota scheme applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
                                                General admission requirements for international applicants.
                                                  Teaching and assessment
                                                    The courses in the study programme have varied forms of instruction, typically lectures, exercises, laboratory work, computer work, or combinations of these.

                                                    Special curricula, project papers and the Master's thesis are supervised on an individual basis by the department's academic staff, possibly in collaboration with external companies or institutions by agreement.

                                                    Form of assessment varies, but most examinations are portfolio assessments of a take-home exam, project paper or laboratory report, in combination with a final oral or written exam. In some courses, mandatory assignments have to be approved for access to the exam.

                                                    After handing in the Master's thesis, it is assessed, and normally within 6 weeks an oral presentation and examination is held, that may influence on the final mark.

                                                    Language of instruction

                                                      Language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or in a Scandinavian language.

                                                      Also the Master's thesis may be written either in English or in a Scandinavian language.

                                                      Exchange possibilities

                                                        Exchange studies abroad or at the University Centre in Svalbard can be recognised in the Master's degree if recommended by your supervisor, and only if the external courses are validated prior to departure.

                                                        Job prospectives

                                                          The programme leads to exciting career options domestic and abroad within research, industry, administration and teaching, both in private and public sector.

                                                          Access to further studies

                                                            Completed Master's degree studies qualify for admission to PhD-studies in physics, depending on satisfactory marks in the Master's and Bachelor's degree. PhD-studies in physics are offered at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

                                                            Last updated July 6, 2015
                                                            Duration & Price
                                                            This course is Campus based
                                                            Start Date
                                                            Start date
                                                            Aug. 2016
                                                            2 years
                                                            Full time
                                                            Start date Aug. 2016
                                                            Norway Tromsø
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                                                            End date Request Info
                                                            Duration 2 years
                                                            Price Free