Physics at Uppsala University covers the entire length scale from subatomic strings to the whole universe, with forefront research across all subbranches of physics from research on elementary particles and materials, the structure of the earth and its atmosphere, to space and the properties of the universe.
At the Ångström laboratory at Uppsala University, physicists collaborate on questions regarding energy, elementary particles, materials, space physics and astronomy. At the Geocentrum in Uppsala, researchers use physical principles to study and understand the earth, its weather and climate. Geocentrum is also the home for the Swedish National Seismic Network which monitors earthquakes in Sweden and worldwide. These and other existing collaborations generate a creative environment for both teaching and research.
During the programmes 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 Masters 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 programme consists of eight specialisations and one profile:
With a Masters degree in physics, you will be qualified for PhD studies in physics. Many physics Masters 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).
The programme consists of eight specialisations and one profile:
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.
Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.
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Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000
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.
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