Humans are explorers; we have an urge to learn more about the unknown. Through research and the development of new technologies, our understanding of the world is growing rapidly. From the smallest details within cells through nanoscopy to a larger understanding of space physics. With climate change and the shift to green technology, our society needs people that can help with the integration of sustainable energy solutions, model the climate dynamics and use remote sensing to monitor our planet.
A master of physics gives you skills to tackle many of the arising challenges in our society, and opens work opportunities within a large area of both applied and theoretical physics.
This master program in physics offers four different disciplines:
- Earth Observation - With a focus on remote sensing you will learn more about the analysis of satellite images through fields such as signal and image processing, statistics and pattern recognition.
- Electrical Engineering - This discipline focuses on sensor technology, ultrasound, nanoscopy and microscopy, optics and machine learning. All areas provide solutions for technological demands in our modern society.
- Energy and Climate - In this discipline you will learn more about green technology through sustainable and renewable energies such as solar, wind and nuclear fusion energy. You can learn about the complex climate system, fluid dynamics and mathematical modelling.
- Space Physics - Introduction to both plasma physics and the physics in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. You will also learn about space weather, which is crucial for satellite communication.
Each discipline covers different fields of physics tightly linked to the respective research group that is relevant to the chosen field. Throughout the master program, you will work closely with this research group. You will be working with practical and theoretical problems, using state-of-the-art equipment and modern techniques for solving research and industrial problems.
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 offered disciplines of physics
- 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 offered disciplines of physics
- has good knowledge of scientific method and knows how to conduct a research experiment
- can analyse and assess scientific literature and research in the field of physics
Skills - The candidate:
- can use scientific measurement equipment and carry out advanced experiments
- can evaluate and analyse measurement data in a critical manner
- can assess sensors and measurement devices and evaluate and quantify their error sources
- can use programming tools and advanced software for solving physical problems numerically
- can work independently with problem solving following scientific method
- can evaluate and analyse published theories, methods and experiments in the physics literature
- can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision in physics or related areas
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
- can analyse academic, professional and research ethical problems in the field of physics
- 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 contribute to new thinking and innovation processes in the field of physics
The program leads to a wide variety of career options both domestic and abroad within research, industry and administration.
You will have the opportunity to work with:
- Earth observation
- Application and system development
- Climate and energy management
- Environmental monitoring
- Climate modelling
- Sensor technology
- Rocket and space research
- Statistic analysis
Admission to the Master’s program in Physics requires a Bachelor’s degree in Physics (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualifications. An additional requirement is specialization in physics worth the equivalent of minimum 80 ECTS.
Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement.
Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement.
Students are expected to have skills equivalent to the prerequisites the courses in the study program build upon.
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
- The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is
- 15 April for admission to the autumn semester
- 1 November for admission to the spring semester
- Her finner du all informasjon knyttet til søking og opptak.
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
- The application deadline for international applicant is 1 December for admission to the autumn semester
- You will find more information about international admission here.
The courses in the program have varied forms of instruction, typically lectures, exercises, laboratory work, computer work, or combinations of these.
Special curricula, project papers and the Master's thesis are supervised on an individual basis by the department's academic staff, possibly in collaboration with external companies or institutions by agreement.
Form of assessment varies, but may include a take-home exam, project paper or laboratory report, in combination with a final oral or written exam. In some courses, mandatory assignments have to be approved for access to the exam.
After handing in the Master's thesis, it is assessed, and normally within 6 weeks an oral presentation and examination is held, that may influence on the final mark.
Language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or in a Scandinavian language.
In addition, the Master's thesis may be written either in English or in a Scandinavian language.
Completed Master's degree studies qualify for admission to PhD-studies in physics, depending on satisfactory marks in the Master's and Bachelor's degree. PhD-studies in physics are offered at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
There are several possibilities for exchanges abroad. The exchange period depends on your individual study plan, and should be planned in collaboration with the student advisor and the student’s supervisor.
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