Master's program in physics is focused on modern physics and opens the possibility for analytical work in the industry as well as postgraduate studies.
The goal of physics as a science is to uncover nature's very essence as far as possible. The research in physics has resulted in a number of fundamental laws and relationships that can be applied in many areas of science and technology. During the studies, you work closely with teachers and scientists involved in research projects. You get a deeper knowledge and understanding of concepts and models in physics and will be able to independently initiate and conduct research. The programme is offered in English and is aimed at students from around the world. Since some of the courses are distance courses, you may study parts of the programme at a distance. We also have an agreement with the University of Insubria in Como in Italy, where a corresponding programme is offered. This means that you have access to a large selection of courses to choose from. You also have the possibility to, without any study fees, study one or two semesters in Como in order to be conferred a so-called double degree, i.e. a degree from each university, which may be an advantage if you are thinking of an international career. Experiment is an important tool for testing hypotheses and formulating new theories. That is why laboratory work is used as a teaching method to practice experimental methodology. As a physicist, you learn to build models, do calculations and make predictions - in short, to solve problems. Physics is not a homogeneous discipline, it rather encompasses many different fields: nanophysics, biophysics, nuclear physics, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy are just a few.
As a physicist, you can work with research and development work in particular industries. As a rule, physicists are working with analytical and simulation work, but also with laboratory work. The education also provides a good basis for graduate studies in physics.
Master of Science (120 credits) Main field of study: Physics
Yann wants to work with physics
Yann Gimbal-Zofka from Geneva, Switzerland studies on the master programme in physics, at a distance. Yann has been fascinated by physics since he was a little boy. Something that has had a great impact on his interest in physics and on his career choice are all the visits he has made to CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, located in Geneva.
Why did you choose to study the master programme in physics?
– One reason was that I’ve heard so much good about the Swedish education system. Many of my friends have also studied in Sweden and they have all been very pleased with their teachers, and said that they are good at teaching.
What is interesting about your programme?
– Since I study at a distance, all lectures are given using a video conference system, which makes it possible to interact directly with the teachers. To study at a distance requires a lot of self-discipline, but to me it has also meant a lot of flexibility and that I’ve had the possibility to organise my studies the way I want. Studying at a distance has made me more independent and I believe that’s good preparation since I’m planning on continuing to study a PhD programme. Through the programme, the opportunity has also presented itself for me to study for another degree at University of Insubria in Italy.
You did an internship in Paris, tell us more about that!
– I got the opportunity to write my master thesis within the field together with a professor from University of Insubria. Since his laboratory was located in Paris, that’s where I did my internship. During my internship, I got the opportunity to work with professional researchers within a very specific field as well as with doctoral students.
Has the programme been what you expected it to be?
– The programme has exceeded my expectations. The quality of the programme is high and the teachers are very competent and willing to share their knowledge and experience. One thing that I’ve truly appreciated is the close relationship between teachers and students. It is possible to ask the teachers questions that lead to constructive discussions.
What would you like to do once you have completed your studies?
– The plan is to continue studying, on a PhD programme. So right now I’m trying to find such a programme that would suit me. At the moment I don’t have a specific dream job, but I know that I want to work within the field of physics – it’s so inspiring! I would also like to be at a workplace where I can learn new things every day.
Elena tells about her time as a student at the Physics Master Programme and about her current job at STMicroelectronics in Italy.
To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.
However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.
There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.