University of Jyväskylä

Nuclear and Particle Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Depending on your interests and skills you can choose to complete your master's studies with different profiles, specializing in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics or in experimental or theoretical particle physics. The master studies give you a holistic view of nuclear and particle physics to critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and deal with complex issues resulting in a capability to contributing to research and development work. Such training and skills are suitable for a wide range of professional careers, including that of an academic researcher.

A student completing the Nuclear and Particle Physics program offered by University of Jyväskylä will possess a subset of the following skills (dependent on course selection choices, list not exhaustive):
  • Masters the basics of quantum field theory and is able to apply it in particle physics phenomenology
  • Is familiar with the elements of the general relativity
  • Understands the standard model of cosmology, the structure of the universe at large scales and the thermal history of the early universe
  • Has knowledge of the neutrino physics phenomena and basic theoretical formalism
  • Is experienced in using numerical methods at a level that gives ability to apply them in wider contexts
  • Has learned particle physics and cosmology at a level sufficient for graduate studies in any other university
  • Is familiar with a number of models of nuclear structure

There is an existing and continuing need for experts in nuclear and particle physics, not only in fundamental research but also in industry. The birth of new research facilities and experiments requires not only experimental, but also theoretical expertise in these fields. The need is at the international level, not just the national level. The pressure to reduce carbon emissions and increasing energy demands means that nuclear power is being reconsidered and even expanded in many countries. Again, these developments require experts to ensure safe operations, to avoid clandestine use of nuclear materials and to ensure an informed and reasonable discussion on the use of and exposure to radiation and radioactivity, both man-made and naturally occurring. The spin-offs and applications borne from fundamental research into nuclear and particle physics are manifold, and too numerous to discuss here. Examples are the use of radioisotopes in medicine and medical imaging, prospecting (oil, etc), explosive detection (neutron activation), the world-wide web, etc.

Also as mentioned above, training within an international-class research infrastructure brings with it a large number of other skills which enable graduates to be competitive in working life outside research and academia. Graduates from the Department of Physics have been generally successful in finding employment, and graduates from the Accelerator Laboratory have been sought after by other similar institutes due to their comparatively high level of experience.

Programme Structure

In the Master's studies, you can specialize in
  • experimental or theoretical nuclear physics or
  • experimental or theoretical particle physics.

All students have one obligatory course in particle physics and one in nuclear physics. I addition mandatory studies include research training, seminar and Master's thesis. For completing your master’s thesis, you will perform a research project in one of the research groups of the particle and nuclear physics and learn necessary scientific skills of planning, implementing and reporting of a research project. The curriculum allows you to tune your degree according to your own interests and skills by offering a large variety of optional courses. In the field of nuclear physics, these are advanced level courses in nuclear physics, cyclotron physics, accelerator physics and techniques. Or you can specialize in techniques for nuclear and accelerator based physics experiments, nuclear astrophysics or nuclear fission and its applications. On the other hand if you are more interested in particle physics you may select courses like particle astrophysics, cosmology, quantum field therory and its applications or ultra-relativistic heavy ion physics.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

  • Eligible applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme must have completed a bachelor’s degree by the end of the application period. Conditional admission is possible, if the degree is expected to be completed by the end of June 2016. The selection will be based on the level of grades on the completed degree.

The selection will be based on the sufficient amount of related coursework with good grades and shown motivation.

Required degree
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in physics from a university with an internationally recognised academic standing, or equivalent qualifications. Students who have already completed their M.Sc. studies cannot be admitted to this programme. Successful candidates should have basic knowledge in quantum mechanics and proven interest in science.
Phase two consists of an interview in which the programme related skills of the applicant will be examined. Applicants who passed the first stage can be invited for a Skype/personal interview.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 12000 International

Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.


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