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

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2012-05-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-02-25
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Accepted to the Master Programme in Physics, tracks physics or astronomy/space physics
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of 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. Equal opportunities with respect to the Discrimination Act.

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

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

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