Materials make up everything around us and their properties are critical to the performance of any system or device where they are used. Almost every aspect of modern society is touched by a technology made possible by advances in materials. Mobile phones, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), solar cells, catalytic converters, optical fibres and smart window materials are all examples of modern technology based upon tailored materials. Since the properties of a material (which determine its function) are determined both by its structure, constituents and the way that the material is assembled, the study of materials involves many different approaches. Materials science is inherently multidisciplinary and often relies on both theoretical modelling and experimental characterisation.
Lund hosts two of the world’s best large-scale facilities for materials science research: The world’s first 4th generation synchrotron radiation source, the MAX IV Laboratory, started operation in 2016, and the European Spallation Source (ESS) for neutron-based research is currently under construction. Education in the Master’s programme in Physics, Materials Science is strongly linked to research at these two infrastructures. You will learn how to study important properties of materials by spectroscopy, diffraction and microscopy. The Master’s programme is flexible and interdisciplinary, with a clear foundation in physics, and it is possible to combine theoretical or computational studies with experimental approaches.
The goal of the Master’s programme is that you become a physicist who is able to apply the principles of materials science for carrying out engineering and/or research projects. The programme emphasises application of advanced technologies in materials science. The close proximity to large-scale facilities and excellent materials science research groups provides excellent opportunities for inspiring Master’s thesis research projects.