Physics, Master Programme

120 hp

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.

Career

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.

Degree

Master of Science (120 credits) Main field of study: Physics

Student testimonials

Portrait Yann Gimbal-Zofka

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.

Alumni interview 

Elena tells about her time as a student at the Physics Master Programme and about her current job at STMicroelectronics in Italy.

Kalmar

The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.

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