• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15000
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, Finnish, Swedish
    Language
What are the laws of nature governing the universe from elementary particles to the formation and evolution of the solar system, stars, and galaxies? In the Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences from University of Helsinki, you will focus on gaining a quantitative understanding of these phenomena.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

With the expertise in basic research that you will gain in the programme, you can pursue a career in research. You will also acquire proficiency in the use of mathematical methods, IT tools and/or experimental equipment, as well as strong problem-solving and logical deduction skills. These will qualify you for a wide range of positions in the private sector.

After completing the Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences programme at University of Helsinki, you will:
  • Have wide-ranging knowledge of particle physics and/or astrophysical phenomena.
  • Have good analytical, deductive and computational skills.
  • Be able to apply theoretical, computational and/or experimental methods to the analysis and understanding of various phenomena.
  • Be able to generalize your knowledge of particle physics and astrophysical phenomena as well as identify their interconnections.
  • Be able to formulate hypotheses and test them based your knowledge.
Career
A Master’s degree in elementary particle physics or astrophysical sciences provides you with excellent qualifications for postgraduate education in research or for a career in diverse positions both in Finland and abroad. As a Master’s graduate you could begin a career in research and development in industry as well as in universities and other research institutes that enable you to conduct independent research on a topic that interests you.
Potential employers and career opportunities include
  • Research institutes in Finland and abroad (basic scientific research)
  • Universities and universities of applied sciences (teaching)
  • Industry, particularly high technology companies (applied research and development, managerial duties)
  • Software production, e.g., the game sector
  • Diverse planning and consulting positions
Master’s graduates from equivalent study tracks under the previous degree system have embarked on careers in
  • Research and teaching positions in Finnish universities and research institutes
  • Research and teaching positions abroad, for example at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), ESA (the European Space Agency), ESO (the European Southern Observatory), and NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
  • Administrative positions, for example at the Academy of Finland or the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes)
  • The business sector
The strong theoretical and analytical skills you will acquire in the programme are in great demand in fields such as:
  • Data analysis (industry, media companies, game companies, financing)
  • Industrial research, development and consulting (at, e.g., Nokia, Ericsson, Apple, Sanoma, Spinverse, Supercell, Nielsen, Valo Research and Trading, Planmeca, Reaktor, Comptel, and Goldman Sachs)

Programme Structure

The understanding of the microscopic structure of matter, astronomical phenomena and the dynamics of the universe is at the forefront of basic research today. The advancement of such research in the future will require increasingly sophisticated theoretical, computational and experimental methods.
  • The study track in elementary particle physics and cosmology focuses on experimental or theoretical particle physics or cosmology. The theories that form our current understanding of these issues must be continuously re-evaluated in the light of new experimental results. In addition to analytical computation skills, this requires thorough mastery of numerical analysis methods. In experimental particle physics, the main challenges pertain to the management and processing of continuously increasing amount of data.
  • The study track in astrophysical sciences focuses on observational or theoretical astronomy or space physics. Our understanding of space, ranging from near Earth space all the way to structure of the universe, is being continuously redefined because of improved experimental equipment located both in space and on the Earth’s surface. Several probes are also carrying out direct measurements of planets, moons and interplanetary plasma in our solar system. Another key discipline is theoretical astrophysics which, with the help of increasingly efficient supercomputers, enables us to create in-depth models of various phenomena in the universe in general and the field of space physics in particular. Finally, plasma physics is an important tool in both space physics and astronomy research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Finnish
    • Swedish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Eligibility
  • You demonstrate by 31 July that you have completed a first- or second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You demonstrate by 12 January that you have completed the studies required for the programme.
  • You demonstrate by 12 January that you are proficient in English in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision.
Application Documents:
  • Copy of the degree diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Authorised translations into Finnish, Swedish or English
  • Motivation letter and study plan

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Funding

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