Master in Nuclear and Particle Physics


Program Description

Master’s Degree Program in Nuclear and Particle Physics, Master of Science (2 yrs)


The application period begins 15th November 2017 and the deadline for applications is 10th January 2018.

Read more about this program on university's website.

Study objectives

The aim of the Master's Degree Program is to provide you with advanced academic training in the fields of nuclear and particle physics. Depending on your interests and skills you can choose to complete your master's studies with different profiles, specializing in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics or in experimental or theoretical particle physics. The master studies give you a holistic view of nuclear and particle physics to critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and deal with complex issues resulting in a capability to contributing to research and development work. Such training and skills are suitable for a wide range of professional careers, including that of an academic researcher.

Study contents

In the Master's studies, you can specialize in:

  • experimental or theoretical nuclear physics or
  • experimental or theoretical particle physics.

The master's studies include 120 ECTS credits. The curriculum allows you to tune your degree according to your own interests and skills by offering a large variety of optional courses. In the field of nuclear physics, these are advanced level courses in nuclear physics, cyclotron physics, accelerator physics, and techniques. Or you can specialize in techniques for nuclear and accelerator-based physics experiments, nuclear astrophysics or nuclear fission and its applications. On the other hand, if you are more interested in particle physics you may select courses like particle astrophysics, cosmology, quantum field theory and its applications or ultra-relativistic heavy ion physics.

Mandatory studies include research training, seminar and Master's thesis. For completing your master’s thesis, you will perform a research project in one of the research groups of the particle and nuclear physics and learn necessary scientific skills of planning, implementing and reporting of a research project. During the thesis work, you receive a capability to contribute to research and development work. The aim is that you also learn to present and discuss the findings of your work and have the level of knowledge and arguments to discuss these findings in written and spoken English. Depending on the subject the thesis can be either theoretical or experimentally oriented.


Career opportunities

There is an existing and continuing need for experts in nuclear and particle physics, not only in fundamental research but also in industry. The birth of new research facilities and experiments requires not only experimental but also theoretical expertise in these fields. The spin-offs and applications born from fundamental research into nuclear and particle physics are for example the use of radioisotopes in medicine and medical imaging, prospecting (oil, etc), explosive detection (neutron activation) and the world-wide-web.

Training within an international-class research infrastructure brings with it a large number of other skills which enable graduates to be competitive in working life outside research and academia.Master's Degree produces eligibility for postgraduate studies in Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics.

The Department of Physics

The Department of Physics performs research and offers education at a highest international level on nuclear and accelerator-based physics, materials physics and high energy physics. The Accelerator Laboratory is one of the very few truly international infrastructures in Finland: Large number and variety of different nationalities works and studies at the department.

Much of the research in Nuclear and Particle Physics relevant to the program offered by the Department of Physics is carried out under the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) Nuclear Matter Program and Theory Program.The accelerator laboratory collaborates with the various research groups as wells as with the European space industry, national paper and wood industries, medical industry and many others. Particle physics research includes active collaboration with the world-leading laboratories such as Brookhaven National Laboratory (PHENIX-experiment) and CERN (ALICE and LAGUNA experiments).

Research focus

The main focus is on the studies of new phenomena in nuclei at the extremes of existence. Applications and instrumentation are developed in-house for use in both research and industry.

Particle physics activities at the Department of Physics consist of both theoretical and experimental research. The main theoretical areas of study are physics Beyond the Standard Model, Cosmology, Neutrino Physics and the Physics of Ultra-relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions. Experimental research is carried out in Astroparticle and Cosmic Ray physics, Neutrino Physics, and Ultra-relativistic Heavy Ion Physics.

Tuition fees

In Finnish universities, there are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. Tuition fees concern only non-EU/EEA degree students who started their studies in English-taught Master's degree programs in August 2017 or after that.

The tuition fee is 12 000 euros/academic year.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who:

  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse/child),
  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens*).

*continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type

The University of Jyväskylä has scholarships available for students who are required to pay tuition fees. Scholarships are applied for when applying for the admission to the program.

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About the School

The faculty was founded in 1965. It has four departments located in the Mattilanniemi and Ylistönrinne campuses. Roughly 2300 students are enrolled in the faculty. The number of staff is about 560.

The faculty was founded in 1965. It has four departments located in the Mattilanniemi and Ylistönrinne campuses. Roughly 2300 students are enrolled in the faculty. The number of staff is about 560. Read less