Master’s studies

Syllabus for Physics Nobel Prizes

Fysikens Nobelpris


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA587
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2014
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits in physics, mathematics or chemistry.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course the student should be able to

  • provide an overview of various sub­disciplines of physics, as represented by the research achievements of different Nobel prize laureates,
  • demonstrate a deeper knowledge and understanding in one such sub­discipline,
  • relate some Nobel prize topics to each other, based on the own achieved knowledge and the information obtained from the presentations of the fellow students and teachers,
  • explain some aspects of the respective historical, social and economical background of the Nobel laureates and their scientific achievements,
  • assess critically the ethical dimension of the driving forces for scientific success,
  • plan, carry out and discuss the necessary preparations for a seminar presentation,
  • present a scientific topic in oral and written form on adveanced level,
  • discuss the seminar topics in individual and group meetings
  • discuss some aspects of the respective historical, social and
    economical background of the Nobel laureates, their scientific achievements
    and possible applications thereof.


Besides their introductory purpose the first meetings cover ethical considerations in the context of scientific success, contrasting the best researchers (Nobel prize laureates) with the worst (cheating, plagiarism). Afterwards the participants are supposed to choose one
topic from a list of physics Nobel prizes. After a phase of individual preparations, which include literature search and meetings with the respective supervising teacher, the chosen topics are presented and discussed in seminar meetings.


Introductory sessions, individual meetings with respective supervising teacher of chosen topic, seminars with oral presentations and detailed discussions.


Oral and written presentation of the chosen topic. Written summary of all presentations. To pass the course requires also active participation in the introductory and seminar sessions and individual discussions with the respective supervising teacher of the chosen topic.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 07, 2013