This specialiation covers topics beyond planet Earth. You study electromagnetic environments of solar-system planets, exoplanet characterisation, stars and their atmospheres, their winds and evolution. You explore the Milky Way and its origin as well as external galaxies and the large-scale structure of the universe. Most of the topics taught are true specialties of researchers in the Division of Astronomy and Space Physics, with the associated Uppsala branch of the Swedish Institute of Space Research (IRF).
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. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University is ranked No. 39 in the world according to the recent Shanghai ranking which makes it the highest ranked physics department in all of Scandinavia.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
Uppsala University is the only place in Sweden where you can study both space physics and astronomy. Here you can research the cosmos using state-of-the-art technology (ground- and space-based instrumentation, supercomputers) to answer some of the most fundamental questions in physics.
In the specialisation in Astronomy and Space Physics, within the Master’s Programme in Physics, you study how the earth’s magnetosphere works, how stars evolve and how the Milky Way came to be. You explore the processes that govern the evolution of the universe and gain a deep understanding of physical phenomena from outside the earth’s atmosphere to the far reaches of the observable universe.
During the programme you can expect to:
- research the cosmos using ground- and space-based instrumentation and supercomputers
- study at the Uppsala branch of the national Swedish Institute of Space Research (IRF)
- get a personal mentor to guide your course selection
You can also tailor your own Master’s degree and take a course in Advanced Quantum Mechanics if you are interested in the microphysics governing stellar light, the main source of information about the universe. Maybe take a course in Gravitation and Cosmology to really understand general relativity. You will be assigned a mentor helping you to make informed decisions towards your degree and your future career.
Researchers at Uppsala University are involved in various international projects and missions, e.g. CRIRES+ (the infrared high-resolution spectrograph at the Very Large Telescope in Chile), CLUSTER (earth’s magnetosphere is 3D), Gaia (the billion-star Galactic surveyor), JUICE (the icy moons of Jupiter) and PLATO (next-generation exoplanet characterisation). Sweden is a member of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) giving us access to cutting-edge instrumentation in the Southern hemisphere.
You are naturally curious about how the world works and realize that formulating a question can be just as important as finding the answer. You have a good theoretical foundation in both Physics and Mathematics and experience in using it to analyse data or create computer-based models to solve problems. Obviously, you already know the basics of Quantum Physics.
You are extremely motivated and willing to take responsibility to tailor your own education from the wide range of courses offered.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value coming in close contact with current research and prominent researchers in the field. So, if you are searching for theanswer, a Master’s degree in physics from Uppsala University might be exactly what takes you there.
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).
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 75 credits in physics.
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- 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: 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-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000
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