In Materials Physics you will learn experimental and theoretical methods to study, understand and design new materials. You will learn how to predict, understand and modify properties of existing materials to improve their performance in technological applications. Investigation of novel phenomena that can have large impact in future technology, such as topological insulators, 2D materials and spintronics will be the focus of your research project.
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?
New materials are required in a variety of fields, including nanoelectronics and magnetism, in energy applications and environmental science. When you specialise in Materials Physics, within our Master Programme in Physics, you can choose freely among many different courses for tailoring your own study plan, according to your interests and your plans for the future.
Of course, we will help you in shaping your study plan according to which field are you interested in, including for example renewable energy, magnetism or new functional materials. You can prepare yourself for continuing in research or for a professional life in the private or public sector. You will also have great opportunities to study at a foreign university during your education.
During the programme you can expect to:
learn to predict, understand and modify properties of existing materials to improve their performance in technological applications
create your own profile, including for example renewable energy, magnetism or new functional materials
study abroad and integrate lectures with internships and smaller research projects
Many of these courses integrate lectures with internships and smaller research projects that enable you to learn how to use advanced modern experimental techniques to analyse materials on atomic length and time scales. The methods are based on state-of-the-art spectroscopy, microscopy and scattering techniques. The experimental work is performed both at Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala and at large-scale international facilities.
Student profile 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 already know 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 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).
You will study advanced courses in quantum mechanics, atomic, molecular and solid state physics, and learn modern techniques for analysing materials properties on the atomic time and length scales. The methods include state-of-the-art spectroscopy, microscopy, and scattering techniques, exploiting home-based laboratory set-ups as well as international large-scale facilities.
You can choose freely among many different courses and we strongly recommend the advanced courses in Quantum Mechanics, Atomic and Molecular physics and Solid State Physics.
Your choice of courses will permit you to prepare for research training as well as a career outside the university during your Master's studies.
Instruction consists of lectures, teacher-supervised tuition, and guidance in conjunction with laboratory work. You will follow lectures and study on your own or in a group. Classes are typically small (varying from few up to 20 students) giving you close contact with the teachers as well as with your fellow students, often coming from different parts of the world. The programme takes place in Uppsala and language of instruction is English.
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.
Project courses, where you run a short research project are very good if you want to have a wider experience of research and research techniques. During the programme, you will be able to start your own professional network, which will be important for your future professional life.
With a Master's degree in physics, you will be qualified for PhD studies in physics. Many physics Master's students continue as PhD students, at Uppsala University or elsewhere. You will also have the opportunity to work with research and development (R&D) at various companies and public authorities.
Our graduates work at, for example Sandvik, ABB, Volvo and governmental authorities like the Swedish Energy agency. Job titles include manager, strategic consult, and Vice Preseident Research and Development.
Your mathematical competence and analytical problem-solving skills will make you an attractive recruit. Depending on the courses you take and the specialisation you choose, there are many other individual career opportunities in special areas, both within and outside the field of physics.
For example, you may find employment as a company consultant, project manager in R&D, or as a specialist in banking, insurance or research organisations.
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.