Master’s studies

Energy Physics - Master Programme in Physics 2018/2019

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Energy-related questions are a contemporary issue and will continue being so. A safe and reliable energy supply is essential for our everyday life and the energy demand is increasing, making the investigation and exploration of new sources more and more important. The Master Programme in Physics, specialising in Energy Physics, covers a wide range of energy sources and conversion processes, from wind and hydro power to nuclear power and nuclear fusion. It involves many aspects of physics, like mechanics, electromagnetism, fluid mechanics, nuclear physics and more. Also, the programme offers the possibility to position yourself as a theorist as well as on the experimental side.

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. 36 in the world according to the recent Shanghai ranking which makes it the highest ranked physics department in all of Scandinavia. 

At the Ångström laboratory at Uppsala University, physicists collaborate on questions regarding energy, elementary particles, materials, space physics and astronomy. At the Geocentrum in Uppsala, researchers use physical principles to study and understand the earth, its weather and climate. Geocentrum is also the home for the Swedish National Seismic Network which monitors earthquakes in Sweden and worldwide. These and other existing collaborations generate a creative environment for both teaching and research.

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in Physics, specialising in Energy Physics, will help you acquire broad and deep knowledge in physics with a view to energy related questions. Courses are given mainly by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which is responsible for your education, and the Department of Engineering Sciences. Courses are given in English and lead to a Master of Science degree. Your teachers are active researchers from around the world. 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).

Tailor your own Master degree! Take a course in Advanced Quantum Mechanics if you are interested in a theoretical description of nuclear states with bearing for fission or fusion processes. Take courses in electrical power engineering if you aim for the understanding of power devices and transmission systems. Take courses in programming and modelling if you want to do simulations and solve modelling problems in energy systems. You will be assigned a mentor helping you to make informed decisions towards your degree and your future career.

During a typical term 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.

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 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).

All specialisations of this programme


What is Energy Physics?
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 Master Programme in Physics, specialising in Energy Physics, studies energy conversion processes on the basis of their physics, like fluid mechanics, thermodynamics or electromagnetism.

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.

Topics of Research
Research in Energy Physics is done in many fields like solar energy, wave power, wind energy, nuclear power including fusion and more. Research projects include theoretical and experimental studies of advanced solar cells as well as modelling of the solar irradiation and simulations of the electricity output for various photo voltaic systems. The aerodynamics of horizontal and vertical axis wind turbines is studied and modelled as well as the power absorption of a wave energy converter during different phases of the waves. In the field of nuclear power, the basic physics of the nuclear fission process is subject to experimental and theoretical studies as well as the power output from experimental fusion reactors. All these research subjects have in common that the research is done on academic grounds, resulting in Master's and PhD theses as well as in scientific publications, but in view of and in contact with an external market, presented by authorities and industry.

Courses within the programme

Year 1
Introductory course
Energy Physics 1
Fluid Mechanics
Computational Physics
Advanced courses on Hydro Power or Solar Energy, Energy Physics 2 with Nuclear Power

Year 2
Elective specialisation courses
Elective advanced physics courses
Master's thesis

See detailed outline for courses within the specialisation.

Learning experience

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.

The teachers are active researchers and the courses closely follow current developments in physics.

The language of instruction is English.


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.


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.

Energy Physics

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1174 Application

Language of Instruction: English

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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

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

Contact and further resources

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

Box 516, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 5952

Fax: 018-471 5999

Study counsellor:

Telephone: +46 18 471 59 91

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