M.Sc. Physics

Uppsala University | Uppsala, Sweden
Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of the physical world around you? Would you like to use mankind’s largest instruments, for example the particle accelerator at CERN or the telescopes at the European Southern Observatory? Would you like to do advanced simulations of the earth’s atmosphere and interior? The Master Programme in Physics provides you with tools to understand the inner workings of the world.
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Description of Physics

The Master Programme in Physics is developed in coordination with research groups at Uppsala University. The tutors are active researchers and the courses are linked to the frontline of physics research.

During the programme’s first three terms, you may choose from a range of advanced physics courses, thus providing a specialisation in one field of physics. You may also choose courses from other fields (of physics) in order to create an individual profile for your Master’s degree.

The programme is concluded with a 5-month individual research degree project, in cooperation with a research group at a university, in industry or at a public authority.

The open structure of the programme provides you with many opportunities to broaden the educational scope and to specialise in your particular area of interest.

The programme consists of eight specialisations and one profile:

  • Astronomy and space physics
  • Energy physics
  • Geophysics
  • Materials physics
  • Materials theory
  • Meteorology
  • Nuclear and particle physics
  • Physics didactics
  • Theoretical physics - Quantum fields and strings

With a Master’s degree in physics, you will be qualified for PhD studies in physics. Many physics Master’s students continue as PhD students, at Uppsala University or elsewhere. You will also have the opportunity to work with research and development (R&D) at various companies and public authorities.

Your mathematical competence and analytical problem-solving skills will make you an attractive recruit. Depending on the courses you take and the specialisation you choose, there are many other individual career opportunities in special areas, both within and outside the field of physics.

For example, you may find employment as a company consultant, project manager in R&D, or as a specialist in banking, insurance or research organisations.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Physics as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Science (60 credits).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000
Start date August  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The programme consists of eight specialisations and one profile.

Astronomy and Space Physics

You study both the near-earth environment and the entire universe with the help of satellites, ground-based observations and various theoretical tools. Examples of courses are Space Physics, Physics of Planetary Systems, Cosmology, and Astronomical Instrumentation. Scientists at Uppsala University are involved in several space missions (Cassini, Gaia) and instrumentation projects at the largest ground-based telescopes (e.g. the E-ELT).

Energy Physics

You will study current and future energy production through, for instance, combustion, fission and fusion. Electromagnetic Field Theory and Fluid Mechanics are basic courses that will enable you to contribute to solving mankind’s energy challenges. Energy Physics is a given jointly with the Department of Engineering Physics.


Earth’s interior is inaccessible by direct observation. Geophysics therefore uses indirect methods such as seismology, gravimetry, magnetometry, and electromagnetic measurements in order to gain information about earth’s internal composition and structure. This specialisation focuses on applied aspects (related to exploration of natural resources) and on more fundamental questions (e.g., understanding the dynamics and the origin and evolution of the earth).

Materials Physics

You will learn experimental and theoretical methods to study, understand and develop new materials. Examples of courses include Solid State Theory, Magnetism, Surface Physics, as well as advanced courses within atomic, molecular, and condensed-matter physics.

Materials Theory

Learn to perform theoretical calculations in order to understand and tailor properties of materials. We offer for example courses in Density Functional Theory (DFT), Many Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, and Hands-on Electronic Structure Calculations. Take part in front line research and develop materials for future technologies.


Meteorology applies knowledge of physics to study the atmosphere and to understand how the weather and climate originate. You will learn about the atmosphere through a combination of theory and observation. This specialisation contains theoretical courses such as Atmospheric Physics, as well as more applied courses such as Climate Variations, and finally a Practical Meteorology course for future meteorologists or forecasters.

Nuclear and Particle Physics

How is matter organised on the smallest scales? How can the Standard Model be extended? Learn about the methods used to model and study the structure of matter on subatomic scales and to test the Standard Model in large-scale experiments and the theory behind it. Prominent examples with links to Uppsala include the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN – Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire), the neutrino telescope IceCube in Antarctica, the BES III detector at the Electron-Positron Collider BEPC II in Beijing (Kina) and the AGATA spectrometer at Grand Accélérateur National d'Ions Lourds (GANIL, Frankrike).

Physics Didactics

General knowledge of physics is combined with the understanding of how teaching and learning function in physics. Physics Didactics is a profile (not a separate specialisation), as you are to take courses from one or more physics tracks to study and address didactical problems.

Theoretical Physics – Quantum Fields and Strings

Take part in front-line research and develop the Standard Model with observed quarks and hypothetical strings. If you are interested in the mathematical foundations of physics, this specialisation is for you.

We have an exchange agreement with South America's best Physics Department (University of São Paulo, Brasil). This means that you can spend up to one year in São Paulo and obtain a double degree. We are also a partner university in the Nanomat network for nanophysics (www.nanomat-master.eu/en).

Requirements for Physics

Requirements vary between specializations. Read more on the programme webpage http://www.uu.se/en/admissions/master/selma/program/?pKod=TFY2M&lasar=16/17

SelectionSelection will normally be based on previous academic studies and degrees, and a statement of intent.

Work Experience for Physics

No work experience is required.

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