Nuclear and Particle Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language

About

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

Career

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 masters 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.

For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The selection process comprises of two parts:

1) Reviewing of the application documents

2) Interview (in person or via Skype/Video/Telephone)

Eligibility

Eligible applicants for the Masters Degree Programme must have completed a bachelors 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 2017. The selection will be based on the level of grades on the completed degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Jyvskyl

700 - 1,100 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding


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