Master's Program in Physics
The Master's Program in Physics is a two-year study program offered in English by the Department of Physics at Umeå University. The program, which gives the student the possibility to acquire wider and deeper knowledge and abilities within one or several sub-areas of physics, is fully adapted to the Bologna structure of higher education in Europe.
The students have great freedom to choose courses according to their own interests and ambitions. For courses offered in English, see the link Courses in the Program Menu to the right. Some recommended specializations within the program are:
- Computational Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics/Nanotechnology
- Theoretical Physics
- Optical Physics/Measurement Physics
- Quantum Mechanics/Quantum Technique
- Space Physics
The study program also includes an independent project work of (at least) 30 ECTS credits, presented in the form of a written Master's Thesis. The project can be chosen from among any of the current fields of research at the department: Condensed Matter Physics, Organic Electronics, Nanophysics, Photonics, Optical/Laser Physics, Biological Physics, Plasma Physics, Quantum Plasmas, Flame Dynamics, General Relativity, Statistical Physics, Quantum Physics, Computational Physics, Complex Networks, Space Physics and Physics Education. It is also possible to do a Master's project outside the department, in for example a company or at a university, also in another country.
The program starts in August/September (autumn semester) every year, but it is possible to apply for a start in January (spring semester) as well.
Forms of education: lectures, problem-solving sessions, laboratory experiments, computing projects, handing-in projects etc. Many courses include laboratory experiments and/or computational work as an integrated part. Typically the students study two courses in parallel for a period of half a semester. Each such study period is finished off by an examination period. For each course, there are three examination opportunities every year.
Degree of Master of Science (Main Field of Studies: Physics).
The MSc program gives a good foundation for Ph.D. studies and research in higher academic institutions as well as in the industry. As the program is flexible it can easily be adapted to the labor market and physicists often work as engineers in various physics-related fields. In general, studies in physics give the student good training in analytical thinking and problem-solving in combination with competence in mathematical model building and computer usage. These skills make physicists useful also in other fields of the labor market, for example in the insurance, finance and economy sectors.
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