MSc in Engineering - Physics and Technology


Program Description

Since the invention of the laser some fifty years ago, optics and especially nanotechnology have undergone rapid development and become significant parts of physics, technology, and the industry as well as of our everyday lives. Just imagine that without the laser, things such as the DVD-player would not have existed and you would not have been able to print on a laser printer.

With a master's program in Physics and Technology, you will acquire specialist skills in a broad area, primarily linked to the design and fabrication of nanostructured functional materials as well as the characteristics of light and its interaction with atoms, molecules, and matter. Applications that exploit these aspects are the primary focus of this academic profile.

Science of light and color

Optics is not about glasses and contact lenses; it is about the science of light and color. The program includes theories on how to produce light in for example lasers, the scattering of light in different matters, and theories of how light interacts and exchanges energy with the matter. Laser light interacting with a nanostructured noble metal is confined to the metal surface; something which will enable you to use nanometre thin gold wires to guide light.

You build on your already strong foundation in physics, technology, and mathematics. This provides you with a deeper knowledge of especially advanced optics, quantum physics, material physics and molecule physics, nanophysics, and the fabrication of nanostructures. These subjects enable you to work interdisciplinary in this rapidly changing high-tech world with challenges in academic frontier areas.

In addition, you will acquire expertise in measuring and analyzing signals – with special focus on, for example, highly sensitive sensors combined with intelligent data analysis. In your master thesis project, you can work in one of the university's exciting research areas related to the academic profile.

This could for example be nano-optics, where you utilize the fact that light can be intensified millions of times when it interacts with tiny gold particles. By optimizing this process it is possible to create highly sensitive single-molecule sensors that can detect, for example, pesticides on the surface of vegetables or fruits. Get an overview of the Programme structure.

Project-based and research-based study environment

You become part of a project-based and problem-based study environment where you work in project groups. You and your fellow students are responsible for planning and carrying out the project – and for meeting the deadlines. Usually, we receive the project outlines from companies and we emphasize that the problems you solve are ‘real world’ problems. Learn more from the students themselves.

Versatile career paths 

With a degree in Physics and Technology, you will have a range of job opportunities – in Denmark and abroad. Among other things, you could work in high-tech companies or at universities as a researcher or developer in areas of e.g. optical design and systems, nanotechnology, sensor technology, aerospace engineering, material engineering, and computer modeling of systems.

It is also possible to continue on a three-year research program, which will lead to a Ph.D. degree. Another option is to participate in an industrial Ph.D. program, which is carried out in close collaboration between the university and a company where you are employed.

Graduates who have completed this master's program are entitled to use the title of Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Physics and Technology).

Program structure

First semester
In the first semester of the master program, you will work theoretically and experimentally with statistical signal processing, sensor- and measurement technology, laser physics, mechanical vibrations, physics of condensed matter, and an elective course. This will provide you with a broad foundation that qualifies for many different jobs.

Second and third semester
In the next two semesters, you will specialize further within optics, nanofabrication, computational physics, microtechnology, quantum engineering, and elective courses. It is also possible to participate in an In-company project. You have the option to initiate your master thesis in the 3rd semester with 10 ECTS continuing with 30 ECTS in the 4th semester.

Fourth semester
The last semester is dedicated to the master thesis. You will choose the subject yourself. The master thesis will typically be carried out in one of the research groups and/or in cooperation with an industrial company.

Career opportunities

With a master degree in Physics and Technology you are qualified for work in:

  • Research
  • Development
  • Technological aspects of business development
  • Consultancies
  • Project management.

You will be qualified for jobs in, for example:

  • Optical communication
  • Sensor technology
  • Medical technology
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Material engineering
  • Energy technology
  • Optical design and engineering including laser systems
  • Nanotechnology including fabrication processes and characterization techniques
  • Computer modeling of physical and technical systems.

You will also be qualified as a university researcher in, for example, nano-optics or to develop new optical detection techniques e.g. for medical diagnosis in close collaboration with medical doctors.

With this program, you are qualified for a job in Denmark or abroad and for studies at the Ph.D. level.

Last updated Aug 2020

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