MSc in Physics, X-ray and Neutron Science

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Program Description

Programme overview

The use of X-rays and neutrons in basic and advanced physics has expanded enormously the last decades, due to their exceptional properties, and Lund hosts two of the world’s best facilities: The world’s first 4th generation synchrotron radiation X-ray source, the MAX IV Laboratory, and the neutron facility European Spallation Source (ESS). In this world-unique MSc programme, you will study the entire chain of X-ray and neutron science: from the creation of X-ray and neutron beams to the fundamental physics of the interaction of such beams with matter and their application in advanced measurement methods. 

You will learn how X-rays can be used to understand materials, catalysis and crystal growth by spectroscopy, diffraction and microscopy, and how neutrons can be used to understand proteins, superconductivity and magnetism. You will also learn about the advanced electron and proton accelerators that are needed for the generation of X-rays and neutrons. Since these probes are used in a wide range of fields, from archaeology to medicine, many research projects are interdisciplinary. 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.

As a Master's student, you will become part of a vibrant research community, engaged in cutting-edge experimental and theoretical studies of problems in materials science, quantum physics and biology. The programme includes a Master's project carried out within one of the research groups. The close proximity to large-scale facilities and excellent materials science research groups provides excellent opportunities for inspiring Master’s thesis research projects.

Programme structure

The X-ray and neutron science programme offers a wide range of courses. You should choose 15 hp (credits) of courses for each study period (all are 7.5 hp half-time courses unless otherwise stated). Remember to check the course requirements and contact the course responsible if in doubt.

During the second year, you should do a Master's degree project corresponding to 30 ECTS credits, course code MAXM30.

Two courses are mandatory:

  • FYSN21: Quantum Physics in Research and Society
  • FYSN17: Quantum Mechanics

You also have to take at least three of these five (marked with * below):

  • MAXM07: Introduction to Accelerators and Free Electron Lasers
  • MAXM16: Experimental Methods and Instruments for Synchrotron Radiation
  • FYST20: Spectroscopy and the Quantum Description of Matter
  • FYST51: Modern X-ray Physics - Diffraction and Imaging
  • FYST52: Modern Neutron Science

Recommended courses

Autumn semester - first period:

  • FYSN17: Quantum Mechanics (mandatory)
  • MAXM07: Introduction to Accelerators and Free Electron Lasers (*)
  • FYSN21: Quantum Physics in Research and Society (mandatory, also spring 2nd)
  • MAXM06: Intro. to Synchrotron Radiation Based Sciences

Autumn semester - second period:

  • MAXM16: Experimental Methods and Instruments for Synchrotron Radiation (*)
  • FYSN23: Advanced Electromagnetism

Spring semester - first period:

  • FYST51: Modern X-ray Physics - Diffraction and Imaging (*)
  • FYST17: Modern Experimental Particle Physics
  • MAXM05: Accelerators and Free Electron Lasers
  • FYSN23: Advanced Electromagnetism

Spring semester - second period:

  • FYST52: Modern Neutron Science
  • FYSN21: Quantum Physics in Research and Society (mandatory, also autumn 1st)
  • FYST37: Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Career prospects

A Master of Science in X-rays and neutrons will give you opportunities to pursue a wide variety of careers. Examples of career prospects are a researcher at one of the many companies using X-rays and neutrons, PhD studies in the areas of x-ray and neutron science, or research engineer at large scale facilities. Graduates of the programme will be well qualified for PhD programmes in physics and related fields.

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Last updated Oct 2020

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