Uppsala University

Physics - Materials Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Physics - Materials Physics at Uppsala University covers the entire length scale from subatomic strings to the whole universe, with forefront research across all sub-branches 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. 


How can we predict and understand magnetic, optoelectronic or catalytic properties of a material? How can we modify existing materials to improve a certain property and its performance in technological applications?

New materials are required in a variety of fields, including nanoelectronics and magnetism, in energy applications and environmental science. 

As a student in the Master Programme in Physics - Materials Physics at Uppsala University you can choose freely among many different courses for tailoring your own study plan, according to your interests and your plans for the future. Of course we will help you in tailoring your study plan according to which field are you interested in, for example, renewable energy, magnetism, new functional materials. 

You can prepare yourself for continuing in research (PhD education) or for a professional life in the private or public sector. However, among the many courses you can choose, we strongly recommend the advanced courses in Quantum Mechanics, Atomic and Molecular physics and Solid State Physics.


With a Master’s degree in physics, you will be qualified for PhD studies in physics. Many physics Master’s 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.

Programme Structure

As a student in the Master Programme in Physics, specialising in Materials Physics, you will study advanced courses in quantum mechanics, atomic, molecular and solid state physics, and learn modern techniques for analysing materials properties on the atomic time and length scales. 

The methods include state-of-the-art spectroscopy, microscopy, and scattering techniques, exploiting home-based laboratory set-ups as well as international large-scale facilities.

Lectures will be intertwined with the seminars and laboratory work, and the examination work will be done in a research group. Your choice of courses will permit you to prepare for research training as well as a career outside the university during your Master's studies.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

Also required is 75 credits in physics.

Note! With a Bachelor’s degree that is not in physics (e.g. engineering, mathematics), you may thus not qualify for our Master programme. Before applying, verify that you meet this requirement.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15113.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30227 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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