autumn 2020
FYS-3900 Master's Thesis in Physics - 60 ECTS

Sist endret: 26.08.2020

Type of course

Available on request

Admission requirements

Only students on the Master's degree programme in physics are eligible for this course. It is not available to any other category of students as a singular or elective course.

Application for approval must be submitted to the Programme Board within a deadline, which is normally 1 September in the autumn semester and 1 February in the spring semester. Students apply by handing in a supervision contract (veiledningskontrakt for mastergradsoppgave) along with a project description. Students must register to the exam as for ordinary courses.

A diploma is not issued before all courses are passed.

Course content

The content of the course will depend on the profile of the chosen project.

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The candidate:

  • has a solid basis in natural sciences in general, and in particular in physics
  • has advanced knowledge of theory and methods in one of the disciplines offered
  • has thorough knowledge about mathematical and statistical methods for analysis of physical problems
  • can apply knowledge on new areas of research in one of the disciplines offered
  • has good knowledge of scientific method and knows how to conduct a research experiment

Skills - The candidate:

  • is able to use scientific measurement equipment and carry out advanced experiments
  • is able to evaluate and analyse measurement data in a critical manner
  • is able to assess sensors and measurement devices and evaluate and quantify their error sources
  • is able to use programming tools and advanced software for solving physical problems numerically
  • is able to work independently with problem solving following scientific method
  • can evaluate and analyse published theories, methods and experiments in the physics literature


General competences - The candidate:

  • displays good communication skills, oral and written, in the presentation of scientific work for both the general public and for the specialists in the field
  • displays good working habits and follows the code of ethics in scientific work
  • is able to continue a career within research, teaching, production, development and technical professions in the society
  • can produce a well-structured presentation of an extensive independent scientific work
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision in physics or related areas
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes in the field of physics

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and/or a Scandinavian language. The master thesis can be written in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Individual guidance and supervision according to agreement and of two semesters duration. Maximum workload for the supervisor is 80 hours, you will receive supervision within these limits.


The exam is comprised of a submission of the master's thesis within a given deadline, a public presentation of the scientific work and an oral exam. The master's thesis and all courses included in the master's degree must be passed before the oral presentation and examination can take place. The deadline for submission is normally 15 May in the spring semester and 15 November in the autumn semester.


Grading scale: Letter grades A-F.


Re-submission of the thesis:

Only if a master's thesis project is graded "F" (fail), may the thesis be resubmitted in revised form. A new deadline for submission will be given. The deadline for resubmitting the thesis is 3 months from the point in time when the candidate was informed about the exam result. If the thesis receives a grade of "F" a second time, the student can apply to the Programme Board for a new master's thesis project.


Postponed submission:

If a medical certificate is provided, the student may be given a postponed deadline for submitting the Master's thesis according to regulations in section 21 of Regulations for examinations at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. In the case where the Master's thesis cannot be handed in by the given deadline, the student can apply for a postponement of up to 6 weeks if there are compelling grounds for the delay. The postponement of up to 6 weeks counts for both part-time and full-time students.


Non-submission of thesis:

If a Master's thesis is not submitted within the given deadline and application for postponement has not been granted, the thesis will be reported as not being submitted ("Ikke møtt") at the examination. Also, if the candidate submits a blank answer paper, or a paper which clearly does not constitute an academic attempt, she/he is also regarded as having withdrawn from the examination ("Ikke møtt"). The student can then apply to the Programme Board for a new Master's thesis project.


For further details see:

- Utfyllende bestemmelser for toårig mastergrad (120 studiepoeng) ved Fakultet

for naturvitenskap og teknologi

- Regulations for examinations at the UiT


  • Om emnet
  • Studiested: Tromsø |
  • Studiepoeng: 60
  • Emnekode: FYS-3900