Materials properties are ultimately determined by the dynamics of electrons and nuclei. This specialisation gives you a deep understanding of the underlying interactions that is the prerequisite for the design of new materials for devices of improved performance or of a completely new kind. The wide research activities will give you the opportunity to acquire a broad competence in materials science and to take part in multidisciplinary projects.
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?
Materials properties are ultimately determined by the dynamics of electrons and nuclei. A deep understanding of the underlying interactions is prerequisite for design of materials. New materials find applications in a variety of fields of societal importance, including nanoelectronics and magnetism, energy applications and environmental science.
This specialisation in Materials Theory, within the Master’s Programme in Physics, lets you choose freely among many different courses for tailoring your own study programme, according to your interests and your plans for the future. You can prepare yourself for continuing in research (PhD education) or for a professional life in the private or public sector.
During the programme you can expect to:
- learn how to theoretically treat complex interactions based on the principles of quantum theory
- be able to predict novel materials properties
- be able to write efficient code and optimise it for use in high-performance supercomputing facilities
You will study advanced courses in quantum mechanics, atomic, molecular and solid state physics, and learn state of the art theoretical methods to predict properties of materials.
You will learn how to theoretically treat complex interactions based on the principles of quantum theory, and run numerical simulations. You will be able to write efficient codes and optimise them for using in high-performance supercomputing facilities, and to use the most advanced theoretical tools to understand modern materials, and predict novel materials properties.
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 your knowledge to analyse data or create computer-based tools to solve problems. Obviously, you need the basics of Quantum Physics.
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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