The reliable supply of mankind with energy at low cost and with low environmental impact is one of the key problems of our time. The specialisation in Energy Physics, within the Master's Programme in Physics, studies energy conversion processes on the basis of their physics, like fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and nuclear physics.
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?
Today's increasing demand of energy sources with low-carbon dioxide emissions requires new developments concerning exploitation of these sources as well as energy conversion and storage. Engineering progress in these fields depends on profound knowledge of the underlying physics and by studying this you can make important contributions to our future.
During the programme you can expect to:
study a wide range of energy sources and conversion processes, from wind and hydro power to nuclear fusion
get a personal mentor to guide your course selection
position yourself as a theorist or on the experimental side
You can also tailor your own Master's degree and take courses in Advanced Nuclear Physics or Advanced Quantum Mechanics if you are interested in the theoretical description of the physical laws governing nuclear fission or fusion. You may also take courses in geology and earth sciences if you are interested in the prerequisites for renewable energy. You will be assigned a mentor helping you to make informed decisions towards your degree and your future career.
The programme offers the possibility to position yourself as a theorist as well as on the experimental side, covering the whole range between natural sciences on the one hand and engineering on the other
Student profile You have a good theoretical foundation in both Physics and Mathematics and experience in using it to analyze data or create computer-based tools to solve problems.
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 the answer, 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).
The default duration of the programme is two years (with a minimum of five months of research work), but a one-year option (with a 2.5-month thesis) is available (this choice does not affect your application).
The first semester is partly utilised to level out differences in knowledge between students with different backgrounds and partly to provide non-introductory courses in quantum and/or macroscopic physics.
The last year courses are closely connected to present-day research. The obligatory independent project work (degree project) is performed either during the last semester or during the whole last year in parallel with other courses.
Instruction consists of lectures, teacher-supervised tuition, and guidance in conjunction with laboratory work. The forms of examination vary depending on the course content and design. Final exams are more common for theoretical courses, although many tutors have gone over to continuous examination during the course, such as group discussions and hand-in exercises. The programme takes place in Uppsala.
During a typical week you will have about 8-10 hours of scheduled class-room time. The majority of time is thus spent studying on your own or in a group during off-teaching hours. You can also choose to conduct research projects on various energy-related problems. They are a lot like thesis work, only shorter in duration, and are an excellent way into a new research field/group.
Courses are given mainly by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who are responsible for your education, and the Department of Engineering Sciences. Classes are typically small ranging from a few students up to about 20. This gives you close contact with the teachers as well as your fellow students. Our teaching is in English as the student group is international.
The teachers are active researchers and the courses closely follow current developments in physics.
The employment and career opportunities are good for graduates of this specialisation, both in academia, the public and the private sector. As far as academia is concerned, you will be well prepared to pursue PhD studies, the next step on the career ladder in science.
Outside of academia, the number of players in the international energy market is increasing, leading to a high demand on qualified personnel within industry and authorities. Physicists are well prepared for these challenges, since they combine the mathematical skills with programming competences and the ability to capture complex situations in quantitative models.
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.
With a Bachelor's degree that is not in physics (e.g. engineering, mathematics), you may or may not qualify for our Master programme. You must have passed physics courses worth at least 75 credits (out of 180 credits), i.e. 1.25 years of full-time physics courses (out of three years). Before applying, verify that you meet this requirement.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 75 credits in physics.
Language requirements 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
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.