120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

Global megatrends are shaping our world, and while these forces present both exciting opportunities and unparalleled risk, the demand for future scientific solutions and rapid technological innovation remains unchanged.

This programme offers a forward-thinking curriculum in physics. Particular emphasis is placed on theoretical, computational, material and biotechnical physics together with astronomy. The programme fosters creative thinking, critical evaluation and problem-solving/engineering skills grounded in the fundamental principles of physics.

Programme aim

This programme will prepare you for a professional career in industry, society or academia both at a national and international level. As a student you will get a broad insight into the areas of physics that will form the basis for the advanced technologies of today and tomorrow. You will be able to identify and explain general aspects of physics that are integral to applications in engineering and natural sciences. Furthermore, you will be able to identify relevant experimental and theoretical methods and apply these to problem solving across a wide range of disciplines or multi-disciplinary fields.

Programme description

The programme is intended for students with a strong interest in theoretical, computational, and/or experimental aspects of physics and astronomy. In the core courses of the programme focus lies in providing a solid understanding of the fundamental principles of physics, and thereby preparing for a knowledge and technology driven future.

The students are recommended to follow one of five different specializations, namely theoretical, computational, material, biological physics and astronomy. In short, theory focuses on models and concepts, which can explain and predict experimental observations. The use of computers allows for numerical solution to the fundamental laws of physics and use of advanced techniques, e.g. machine learning. Finally, use of advanced instrumentation, both in-house and large facilities e.g Onsala Space Observatory, will provide in-depth knowledge of material and biological systems, and of distant stars and galaxies.

Examples of research activities include studies of string theory, computational methods to understand the atomic and sub-atomic scale, energy related materials, such as lithium batteries, and materials for specific applications, such as nanoplasmonics, interfaces between biological systems and inorganic structures, and advanced experiments, in which state-of-the-art instruments contribute to an understanding of both the microscopic world and astrophysical phenomena.

Career opportunities

Our graduates’ expertise in problem-solving and in advanced experimental or theoretical techniques is highly valued in industry, society, or academia. In addition, the resulting training renders the programme graduates less sensitive to e.g. fluctuations within a particular industrial sector. The programme is an excellent preparation for industrial research, consulting, teaching and research organizations, but also for an academic career.

Research connections

The research activities connected to the programme are represented by different Divisions of the Department of Physics and Department of Space, Earth and Environment. The 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 Physics are Energy, Materials Science, and Nanotechnology. Several excellent researchers take active part as course responsible teachers in the programme.

 Department of Physics
Department of Space, Earth and Environment

Published: Fri 26 Nov 2010. Modified: Thu 22 Nov 2018