MSc in Physics


Program Description

Research Areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • High Energy Astrophysics
  • Theoretical Molecular Biophysics

High Energy Astrophysics

High Energy Astrophysics research at Sabanci University concentrates on the structure, dynamics, and evolution of neutron stars, black holes, white dwarfs, matter in their environments, as well as the radiation emitted by these compact objects. Instrumentation research with room temperature semiconductors is also pursued. This research particularly aims at understanding the structure of matter at the highest densities, up to and beyond 10^15 g/cm^3, under extreme magnetic fields of up to10^15 G and the most rapid possible rotation rates, with rotation periods as short as milliseconds. Theoretical research, as well as observations with international X-ray and gamma-ray observatory satellites, in addition to optical observations at the TÜBİTAK National Observatory, are pursued. The Sabancı University Astrophysics and Space Forum also hosts workshops and foster scientific collaboration with astrophysicists in Turkey and abroad.

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics:

The Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Group mainly focuses on the electronic and magnetic properties of nanostructures and low dimensional electronic systems under extreme physical conditions (temperatures near absolute zero and very high magnetic fields). Specimens are patterned by electron beam lithography and have features down to a few tens of nanometers. The behavior of charge carriers under these conditions represents transport regimes not only interesting for basic research but also adaptable for novel electronic device applications. Transport experiments are mostly done on graphene and GaAs based materials. Another field of study is nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). The research in this field is focused on the development of ultrasensitive displacement sensors and their applications on the problem of detecting the mechanical quantum. These experiments involve nanofabrication and high-frequency measurements at low temperatures and magnetic field. The experimental research groups also develop scientific instruments for their research. A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) that will operate at ultra-high vacuum, cryogenic temperatures, and a magnetic field is now being built. STM is to be used as a surface science tool. It is also used to create structures with dimensions down to the atomic level and to probe their properties. A distance learning Atomic Force Microscope(nc-AFM) operating in Ultra High Vacuum(UHV) is developed to study lateral force interactions at atomic scale. This microscope is being used to study atomic-scale friction and molecular scale manipulation on Si(111) surface. A general purpose Atomic Force Microscope is also used for characterization of nanostructures. Scanning Hall Probe Microscopes(SHPM) operating at low and room temperatures are developed and used to study magnetic properties of superconductors and magnetic nanostructures. The first graphene materials have successfully been produced in the group using mechanical exfoliation. Graphene Hall sensors are being developed for SHPM applications.

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

The theoretical nanophysics group focuses on fundamental physics problems that arise in nanometer-scale objects. Recent research interests of the group were on quantum transport in nanostructures, mesoscopic physics, graphene physics, spintronics, spin Hall effect and topological insulators. The quantum information group is working on quantum entanglement and decoherence - not only fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics but also important challenges in the construction of quantum computers.

Mathematical Physics

String theory is considered to be the best candidate for a quantum theory of gravity. In mathematics, bosonic string states and vertex operators offer the most direct representation of the Monster, the biggest simple finite group. The structure constants of the Fake Monster Lie algebra can be shown to be identical with 3-string amplitudes. Other sporadic finite groups and hyperbolic Lie algebras are also of interest due to the insights they may provide into string theory. Furthermore, string theory can still be useful in hadron phenomenology, where it originated. Although string theories require 10 or 11 or 26 dimensions, our perceived spacetime is four-dimensional. This may be a consequence of some very special properties of 4-manifolds such as the existence of uncountably many distinct R4's. Four-manifolds are also unique in harboring self-dual gauge fields and Weyl spinors for Euclidean signature.

Theoretical Molecular Biophysics

Concepts from physics are applied to problems in molecular biology in two complementary ways. On the one hand, because the biological function of life's molecules is constrained by their physical and chemical properties, it is important to describe the functional transformations these molecules undergo using the language of chemical physics. On the other, the most successful experimental techniques for probing the structure and dynamics of biomolecules at atomic resolution exploit the fundamental physical properties of these molecules, like their interaction with mechanical and electromagnetic forces. Research in theoretical molecular biophysics at Sabancı University touches on both of these aspects. Employing the toolboxes of equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics we develop efficient computational approaches for identifying and characterizing large-scale conformational transitions of biomolecules using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.

In addition, we develop a methodology for utilizing the detailed dynamical information contained in the MD trajectories to simulate electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra of the studied biomolecules. The ESR spectra computed from first principles are directly compared with experimental data provided by our international collaborators.

Master's and Ph.D. programs are built on a core foundation in a design that facilitates mobility between the two programs.

Admission Requirements

Applications for graduate programs are evaluated by the respective Admission Jury along with individual program entries. Admission is finalized by the approval of the related Graduate School Board upon the recommendation of the Jury and announced to the applicants.

Applicants may be called for written exams and interviews. All written exams and interviews are held in English.

Periods for application are announced in Academic Calendar

Your registration will be done upon the approval of Turkish Higher Education Council regarding the equivalence of the last graduated higher institution and the course of study.

Required Documents

  1. Online Application Form: Candidates can apply for more than one program via the online application form. Separate forms are to be filled for each applied program. Print-out of Completed Application Form should be added to the Application Package. Applicants can either submit the application package including the required documents in person or can send via post to Student Resources. A separate application package is to be submitted for each applied program. All the application documents become the property of Sabancı University. It is suggested to keep the original reports of TOEFL, GRE and ALES scores for you, and apply with the copies of those exams.
  2. Official Transcript: Sealed and taken from Student Resources/Affairs of the applicant's university indicating the courses and grades taken.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation: These should be either submitted online or posted in a sealed envelope. After you complete your online application, an email will be sent automatically to your recommenders which you enter to Recommenders part. Recommenders can click the link to write the recommendation letters or give letters in a closed envelope signed and stamped.
  4. One Photograph: If you have already added one photograph to your online application, you do not need to send it.
  5. Result for Graduate Program Entrance Exam: Any of the following science test results baring the min. scores and which are within the validity period: ALES: Numerical ALES min. score 65; GRE : 153 (Scores on the Current Scale); GAT: Accumulative Percentile : %60 (for international student). Photocopies are acceptable for application, but original copies should be submitted for admission. Graduate Program Entrance Exam Results must have been taken no more than ALES 3 years, GRE 5 years and GAT 2 years.
  6. English Proficiency Exam Result: As the language of instruction at Sabancı University is English, any of the following English Proficiency Exam results baring the min. scores and which are within the validity period: TOEFL: Min. score 80 in an Internet-based test; KPDS: Min. score 67; ÜDS: Min. score 67; YDS: Min. score 67; e-YDS: Min. score 67. Photocopies are acceptable for application, but original copies should be submitted for admission. The TOEFL must have been taken no more than 2 years, KPDS, ÜDS, e-YDS, and YDS must have been taken no more than 3 years prior to the application to Sabancı University
  7. Statement of Purpose
  8. Degree Requirements: An undergraduate degree is required in order to apply for all graduate (master's and Ph.D.) degree programs. It is possible to apply for Ph.D. programs with only undergraduate or undergraduate + master's degrees. Holders of all major degrees are eligible to apply. An applicant should have an undergraduate or graduate diploma in order to be admitted to a graduate program and a graduate diploma for a doctorate program. Applicants must complete their previous degree programs by the admission period at the latest.
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

With science, technology, and social structures advancing day by day, the world needs more qualified individuals who possess the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career anywhere in the world. ... Read More

With science, technology, and social structures advancing day by day, the world needs more qualified individuals who possess the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career anywhere in the world. Aware of this pressing issue, in 1994 the Sabancı Group decided to establish a "world university" led by the Sabancı Foundation. The seeds of Sabancı University, the Sabancı Group's most comprehensive social responsibility project in the field of education, were sown in the summer of 1995, at a search conference. Right now, Sabancı University is the highest ranked Turkish university in THE World University rankings and only one of the two Turkish universities that rank in the top 500. Sabancı Holding is a strategic portfolio company that focuses on creating value add with the Group’s ecosystem and prioritizes a high-performance culture. Sabancı Group companies currently operate in 12 countries. Sabancı Group has 70 companies and 60.000 employees. These enterprises collectively have also contributed significantly to the development of Turkey’s economy. Sabancı Holding’s own shares, as well as the shares of its 11 subsidiaries, are listed on Borsa Istanbul (BIST) and constitute 8.1% of total market capitalization of Turkish equity market. Read less