Master of Science in Physics
Physics shapes the future. Wherever you look, you see physics and ways to apply physics. Mobile phones, CD players, radios, TVs and computers are all advanced technical equipment based on physical methods and principles. Satellites above us monitor what takes place on the Earth, including environmental pollution. These observations are downloaded by satellite stations and translated into images that makes it easier to understand the situation on the Earth. Also this is physics. Within meteorology physics is used in measuring the air above us, in order to give better weather predictions. Studies of the northern lights are also important to understand phenomena at northern latitudes.
The Master's degree programme in physics offers four different disciplines to choose between:
- Earth Observation
- Electrical Engineering
- Energy and Climate
- Space Physics
Knowledge - The candidate: has a solid basis in physics, in general, has an advanced level of knowledge in one of the disciplines offered has knowledge about scientific methods in mathematics, statistics and physics
Skills - The candidate:
is able to use scientific measurement equipment and carry out advanced experiments is able to evaluate and analyse measurement data is able to use programming tools for solving physical problems numerically is able to evaluate and analyse publicised theories, methods and experiments in the physics literature is able to work independently with problem-solving
Competencies - The candidate:
display good communication skills, orally and in writing, in the presentation of scientific work, both for a general public and for specialists in the field. displays a good working habit follows the code of ethics and is able to continue a career within research, production, development and technical professions in the society
Admission to the Master's programme in physics requires a Bachelor's degree in physics, or another degree following a programme of study of not less than three years' duration, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4.
In addition, specialisation in physics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits is required. Normally, an average mark of "C" or better is required in the Bachelor's degree or similar basis of admission.
Applicants from Norway or other Nordic countries:
The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: Who is an international applicant? The application deadline for self-financing and quota scheme applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester. General admission requirements for international applicants.
Teaching and assessment
The courses in the study programme have varied forms of instruction, typically lectures, exercises, laboratory work, computer work, or combinations of these.
Special curricula, project papers and the Master's thesis are supervised on an individual basis by the department's academic staff, possibly in collaboration with external companies or institutions by agreement.
The form of assessment varies, but most examinations are portfolio assessments of a take-home exam, project paper or laboratory report, in combination with a final oral or written exam. In some courses, mandatory assignments have to be approved for access to the exam.
After handing in the Master's thesis, it is assessed, and normally within 6 weeks an oral presentation and examination are held, that may influence on the final mark.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English but may be answered either in English or in a Scandinavian language.
Also, the Master's thesis may be written either in English or in a Scandinavian language.
Exchange studies abroad or at the University Centre in Svalbard can be recognised in the Master's degree if recommended by your supervisor, and only if the external courses are validated prior to departure.
The programme leads to exciting career options domestic and abroad within research, industry, administration and teaching, both in private and public sector.
Access to further studies
Completed Master's degree studies qualify for admission to PhD-studies in physics, depending on satisfactory marks in the Master's and Bachelor's degree. PhD-studies in Physics are offered at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.