Master in Physical Sciences

University of Helsinki

Program Description

Master in Physical Sciences

University of Helsinki

The goal of the Master’s Programme in Physical Sciences is to give the students outstanding skills needed in doctoral studies and in many other careers in physical sciences and related fields. The teaching is organized by the Department of Physics of the University of Helsinki. The programme offers a degree in four specialization options: physics, theoretical physics, astronomy, and meteorology. The degree consists of two years of studies, including research-based advanced courses and seminars, and writing a Master’s thesis.

In addition to possessing excellent skills in their own field, our graduates are problem solvers with versatile skills in mathematical, computational and experimental methods. They are in great demand in society and in the private sector as project leaders and experts, for example, as well as in universities and research institutes conducting basic and applied research and education.


The Master’s degree in physics is obtained in one of the following specialization lines: aerosol and environmental physics, space physics, electronics and industrial applications, particle and nuclear physics (including also cosmology), computational physics, and material and nanophysics.


The topics of specialization in theoretical physics are particle physics, cosmology, space physics and material and computational physics. The studies provide the students with a deep understanding of physical processes and theories and versatile skills in mathematical and numerical methods.


The student of astronomy can specialize in observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics or experimental astrophysics. The curriculum offers courses in Solar System and extrasolar planetary systems, interstellar medium and star formation, stellar magnetic activity, high-energy astrophysics, galaxy groups and clusters, and cosmology.


Together with the Finnish Meteorological Institute at the same campus, the department of Physics forms a leading international centre in atmospheric science, allowing master students to choose specialization between dynamical meteorology, remote sensing, and micrometeorology or chemical meteorology.



The application period for International Master´s Programmes beginning the autumn of 2016 (2016 admissions) opens in early December 2015 and closes on January 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm (GMT +2). For more information on the International Master´s Programmes (IMP), see Studying/How to apply/Master's studies.

The University of Helsinki has only one application and starting period for international students.


The electronic application form will be available during the application period only at Applicants who have completed their qualification degree outside of EU (European Union), EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland will be charged a non-refundable application fee of 100 euro.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 2, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
Finland Helsinki
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price Free