M.Sc. Physics

Uppsala University

Application deadline: January 15, 2014
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 16,750 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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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. You learn the implications ofderiving new knowledge and performing scientific developmental projects.

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 (physics) fields in order to create an individual profile for your master degree. The programme is concluded with a 5-month degree project, where you work with an individual research project in cooperation with a research group at 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, including:

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


With a master degree in physics, you will be qualified for PhD studies in physics. You will also have the opportunity to work with research and development (R&D) at various companies and public authorities.

You may also find employment as company consultant, project manager in R&D, or as a specialist in banking, insurance or research organizations.

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

DegreeThe programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Physics as the main field of study.


Materials Physics

You will learn experimental and theoretical methods to study, understand and develop new materials. Examples of courses include Solid State Theory, Magnetism, Physics at Surfaces and Interfaces, as well as advanced courses within atomic, molecular, and solid state physics.

Materials Theory

Learn to perform theoretical calculations in order to understand and tailor materials properties. 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.

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 mankind’s future energy needs.

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Learn about the methods used to test the Standard Model in large-scale experiments. Prominent examples with links to Uppsala include the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN – Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire) or the neutrino telescope Icecube in Antarctica.

Theoretical Physics – Quantum Fields and Strings

Take part in front-line research and develop the Standard Model with observed quarks and hypothetical strings.

Physics Didactics

General knowledge of physics is combined with the understanding of how teaching and learning function in physics. Examples of courses include About Learning and Teaching, Models of Learning, and Quantitative Research Methods.

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).


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).


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 specialization 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.


A bachelor degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies), including 75 credits in physics.

Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test with the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.
Read more about scholarships on www.uu.se/scholarships.

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