M.Sc. Physics

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR31435 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
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. You learn the implications of deriving new knowledge taking part in research development.

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 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.

The programme consists of eight specialisations and one profile.

  • Materials physics
  • Materials theory
  • Energy physics
  • Nuclear and particle physics
  • Theoretical physics - Quantum fields and strings
  • Physics didactics
  • Astronomy and space physics
  • Geophysics
  • Meteorology
We also have an exchange agreement with South America's best Physics Department (University of Sao Paulo, Brasil). This means that you can spend up to one year in Sao Paulo.


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.


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

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15, 2015
Tuition fee
  • EUR 31435 Year (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The programme consists of eight specialisations and one profile.

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.

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 Deaprtment of Engineering Physics.

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) and 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. If you are interested in the mathematical foundations of physics, this specialization is for you.

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 specialization), as you are to take courses from one or more physics tracks to study and address didactical problems.

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.

We have an exchange agreement with South America's best Physics Department (University of Sao Paulo, Brasil). This means that you can spend up to one year in Sao Paulo.

Requirements for Physics

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


Selection will 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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Uppsala University, Sweden

Sweden Uppsala University is the first University in Sweden. It was founded in 1477 is consistently ranked among the top universities of the world. Eight scientists has been awarded the Nobel Prize. Uppsala offers a wide range of world class international master programmes taught in english. Master programmes for the year 2014/15 will be announced and open for application on October 17, 2013.