Education at Physics

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Physics' student lab
Students in the Physics building. Photo: Henrik Sandsjö/Chalmers

From a synergy of teaching and research we have a strong commitment to learning on all levels, from undergraduate to PhD studies where physics meet engineering. We are strongly involved in a total of nine Bachelor’s programmes, three Master’s programmes and three doctoral programmes. We are situated in a stimulating and creative environment with 200 teachers and researchers, 120 PhD students and 550 undergraduate students within the physics community in Gothenburg. ​​

Undergraduate education and Master's studies

Within the programme "Teknisk fysik", which is given at first level, we provide you with the tools to be able to solve complex problems.

The Department of Physics offers two international Master’s programmes. All education and teaching are in English, and Swedish as well as international students are encouraged to apply.

The programme Physics, MSc, offers a progressive platform in theoretical, computational and experimental physics, which are integral to applications in engineering and natural sciences. ​

The programme Complex adaptive systems, MSc, is based on a physics perspective with a focus on general principles, but it is also interdisciplinary with courses available in information theory, computer science and optimisation algorithms, ecology and genetics as well as adaptive systems and robotics.

Doctoral programmes

We have three doctoral programmes, involving approximately 70 Ph.D. students. These programmes lead to a licentiate of engineering after about two and a half years and to a Ph.D. after four to five years.

The education allows doctoral students to choose courses to suit their scientific interests, and doctoral students can also assist in the teaching at the department. The education involves networking at a national and international level (e.g. conferences), which results in a broad network.

The doctoral programme in materials science focuses on the relationships between the chemical and physical structure of materials, their properties and performance and processing parameters. Regardless if the material belongs to the metallic, ceramic, polymeric or composite class of materials, an understanding of the structure-processing-property-performance relationships provides a scientific basis for developing materials for advanced applications in modern technology.

The doctoral programme in nuclear engineering is aimed at providing knowledge of the basis of operation in nuclear energy producing systems. The education is based on research with high relevance for both the industry and the academia.

The doctoral programme in Physics is based on experimental, theoretical and computational physics. The main goal of this educational program is to provide fundamental knowledge, practical skills and professional experience, at a highest international level, necessary for the individual to become a leader in physics in academia or the industry.

Read more on the page Doctoral programmes at Chalmers.

Bachelor and master's thesis projects

Bachelor projects

The bachelor's thesis is the first really big piece of work you do as a student during your education. In addition to applying your knowledge in mathematics, science and technology, you will get to work in project form and present the results both orally and in writing.

The bachelor's projects offered at the Department of Physics at Chalmers, as well as at the Department of Physics at Gothenburg University, are presented in the learning platform Canvas:

TIFX11 Bachelor thesis selection 2024

Master's thesis projects

Every master's programme is completed with a master's thesis work. You can find all available student projects offered at Physics on advanced level on the Thesis Portal.

Thesis Portal

Collecting a marked examination

Collecting your marked examination

Once the examiner has marked your examination paper and the results have been reported in Ladok, you can collect the paper from the department that ran the course.