The first year consists of three mandatory courses and 5-7 elective courses. In the second year, you will conduct a research project which will culminate in a Master's thesis.

MSc Experimental Physics


You have to select two courses from a list of four (Experimental Quantum Physics, Photon Physics, Particle Physics I and Soft Condensed Matter Theory). These courses give a broad and thorough background in the topics of the Master's programme. The elective courses allow you to specialize in your area of interest. The elective courses are subdivided in primary and secondary elective. The primary electives can be chosen form a list of courses relevant to the topics of the programme. The secondary electives (at most 15 EC) can also be chosen from other Master's programmes in natural sciences. You can also carry out an additional research internship as part of your secondary electives. 

EC= credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)

Year 1, lecture courses (60 EC):

Particle Physics 1 (NS-EX416M)                                7.5 EC

Experimental Quantum Physics (NS-EX401M)    7.5 EC

Photon Physics (NS-EX418M)                                    7.5 EC

Soft Condensed Matter Theory (NS-TP453M)       7.5 EC

Primary elective courses                                              22.5 EC or more

Secondary elective courses                                          15 EC or less

Experimental Design (NS-EX422M)                         7.5 EC

Year 2, research component (60 EC):

Thesis                                                                                 60 EC

Educational methods

The courses are either full-semester courses consisting of a weekly lecture presented by a staff member and exercises class supervised by teaching assistants (PhD-students or postdocs from the research groups), half-semester courses at double the weekly load or intensive two week courses. Some of these courses are offered as part of national collaborations.

The thesis research project is an one-year project supervised by a staff member, in which you work on your own project as part of an experimental research group.

Interdisciplinary profiles

A profile is a coherent set of courses totaling 30 EC and can be chosen to expand the thematic range of your Master's programme. The courses are on a single theme that is usually not a standard part of the programme.

Educational profile – teacher degree

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Complex systems profile

Complex Systems is an interdisciplinary profile for ambitious students from different Master’s programmes, who want to work on modelling solutions within the field of Complex Systems. The profile gives you the opportunity to broaden your view and knowledge from an interdisciplinary angle and widens your opportunities for further development. It prepares you for a career in interdisciplinary fields at, for instance, financial companies. You will receive a Complex Systems certificate. More information.

Applied Data Science profile

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