Applied Physics

120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

Based in contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in physics, this programme focuses on future scientific solutions and technological innovations. Particular emphasis is placed in the areas of materials physics, biotechnical physics, and theory and modelling. Examples of current engineering pursuits are the next generation batteries to power cars and smartphones, nanosized colour routing antennas and Lab-on-a-Chip solutions.

Programme description

Competence in physics is of utmost importance in a range of interdisciplinary research and development areas and this programme gives you a broad and solid introduction to the experimental, theoretical and computational physics that forms the basis for the advanced technologies of today and tomorrow. The programme has a firm basis in condensed matter physics and facilitates contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in the materials science and biotechnology fields.

The materials physics profile area focuses on using a variety of tools for the experimental study of a wide range of materials. Examples of research activities in this field include studies of disordered materials such as glass or various forms of soft materials, energy related materials such as lithium batteries, hard materials and materials for specific applications such as solar cells.

In biological physics, researchers apply physical methods to study biological systems and interfaces between biological systems and inorganic structures. Work includes several experimental techniques ranging from quartz microbalances to microscopic and other optical methods, and covers many length scales from biomolecules through cells to the tissue level.

In theory and modelling, research is concentrated to computational materials physics where advanced computational methods are used to relate atomic scale description to macroscopic phenomena, and in theoretical nanophysics where a combination of analytical and numerical methods are used to analyze the behavior of nanostructures.

The programme has no compulsory courses and by choosing from a wide array of elective courses, you have the opportunity to fully tailor your own master’s degree. This provides you with an ideal preparation for careers in industry and academia, both nationally and internationally.

Other Programmes that might interest you

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Nuclear Science and Technology
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Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2015. Minor changes may occur.

Programme content in detail

You will find the programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses for the current year in the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers.

Programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses

Career opportunities

The programme provides a broad knowledge base that can be applied in a variety of fields. The resulting generalist training renders the programmes graduates less sensitive to fluctuations within a particular industrial sector. By choosing among the different courses, students can develop competence profiles that suit different branches of industry. The extensive industrial connections of the Department of Applied Physics are useful for students who wish to perform their Master's thesis in an industrial environment.
A typical career path for an MSc graduate in Applied Physics starts with a position in the research and development department and after a few years of experience, many graduates move into management.

Research connections

The research activities connected to the programme are represented by different Divisions of the Department of Applied Physics. The Applied Physics master's programme is also connected to several of the Chalmers Areas of Advance – strengthening the research focus. The AoA’s most closely connected to Applied Physics are Energy, Materials Science, and Nanotechnology. Several excellent researchers take active part as course responsible teachers in the programme.
Department of Applied Physics

Published: Fri 26 Nov 2010. Modified: Wed 19 Oct 2016