Master’s studies

Syllabus for Introductory Course for the Master Programme in Physics

Introduktionskurs masterprogram i fysik

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA002
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2012-05-10
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2018-02-19
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2018
  • Entry requirements: Accepted to the Master Programme in Physics, tracks physics or astronomy/space physics
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course the student should be able to

  • discuss the potential and limitations of science,
  • demonstrate an ability to make assessments in, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects,
  • assess new knowledge by critically using literature and databases within science and technology,
  • identify one’s own needs to further one’s knowledge and take responsibility for progress in one’s education,
  • apply already acquired knowledge in physics in order to conduct a project with simulations, an experiment or a literature study within physics, and present the results following in a scientific way,
  • critically and systematically analyse and assess physical situations, even when a limited amount of information is available


Lectures/seminars: practical aspects of studying at Uppsala University, Physics at Uppsala University, physics and society, theory of knowledge, scientific conduct, aspects of sustainable development. Working independently, learning collectively, how to write a report, presentation of data, ethics and plagiarism and cheating
Project: to be defined together with the programme coordinator/study counsellor taking into consideration the student’s needs and the requirements of the chosen track/profile. Examples: MATLAB, computer control of measuring devices, observational techniques in astronomy.


Lectures and seminars with student presentations. Project work supervised by a teacher or researcher.


Active participation (1 c). Passed group presentation/hand-in exercises (1 c). Project work with oral and written presentation (3 c).

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.