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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
MPAPP - APPLIED PHYSICS, MSC PROGR Academic year: 2017/2018
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2016-02-18 by Dean of Education

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Engineering Physics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Material Science or Chemical Engineering or the equivalent.



Mathematics (at least 30 cr.) and Quantum Physics.

General organization:


The aim of the Master of Science Program in Applied Physics is to give a broad but solid introduction to the experimental, theoretical and computational physics that is the basis for much of today's high technology. The program provides an ideal preparation for careers in industry and academia, both nationally and internationally, and constitutes the natural extension for students with a bachelor's degree in physics, engineering physics or similar discipline. Particular emphasis is paid on the program's profile areas materials physics, biotechnical physics, and theory and modeling.


Learning outcome:

After having completed the Master of Science program in Applied Physics, the programs graduates

  1. Technical knowledge and reasoning
    - know and understand the physical phenomena that are integral to applications of physics in engineering and natural sciences
    - can construct models of physical reality and make quantitative predictions based on them, relying on advanced mathematical and computational skills
    - master the relevant experimental and theoretical methods and can apply these to problem solving in a wide range of disciplines or multidisciplinary fields
    - know how microscopic phenomena on the atomic and molecular scale are reflected in the structure and properties of different materials, can characterize these properties experimentally and predict them theoretically, and are able to utilize them in industrially important fields such as materials science or biotechnical physics

  2. Personal and professional skills and attributes

    have individual competence profiles that are tailored to suit the needs of one of the program-s profile areas materials physics, biotechnical physics and theory or modeling, or a combination thereof - have an ideal background for continued graduate studies in physics or related field

  3. Interpersonal Skills: Teamwork And Communication

    are able to efficiently and convincingly communicate their conclusions to different audiences using oral, written, or electronic means, and to follow the scientific and technological development in their field as reported in specialized and popular media

  4. Conceiving, Designing, Implementing And Operating Systems in the Enterprise And Societal Context

    understand the connections between the physical properties and the behavior of an engineering system and are able to create technological and scientific innovations that are based on this connection - can devise strategies, both independently and in multidisciplinary teams, for obtaining necessary physical data, interpret and analyze them, and develop new applications that build upon specific physical phenomena
    - can analyze proposed or existing applications and make well-founded decisions on which physical characteristics are needed to implement the application, and how they can be realized in a manner that results in an optimal performance
    - demonstrate an ability to integrate ethical judgements in decisions involving technological or scientific research or development


Extent: 120.0 c


Courses valid the academic year 2017/2018:

See study programme

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Engineering Physics are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Engineering Physics

Other information:

Competence in physics is of utmost importance in a range of interdisciplinary research and development areas. Engineering at the atomic and molecular scale has become more and more important. Physicists can now design, probe and manipulate matter at length scales that allow for the creation of novel materials with numerous technological applications. The same length scales underlie the molecular machinery that is the basis for life, and physics and biology are now much more closely related than in the past. The development of computational techniques has made it possible to design new materials and structures, and to explore their behavior in new contexts by means of quantitatively accurate simulations, thereby greatly reducing the development time and cost. The program continues a long tradition of scientific and technological innovations in applied physics which has resulted in numerous applications that have a great impact on our daily lives - lasers in DVD players, flash memories in iPods, and many diagnostic tools in medicine are just a few examples that trace their history back to applied physics. The program relies on a firm basis in condensed matter physics and a backbone knowledge in contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in materials science and biotechnology

Program idea
The Master of Science program in Applied Physics combines fundamental science with applications and educates students in industrially relevant applied and applicable physics. The program constitutes the natural extension for students with a Bachelor-s degree in Engineering Physics or a related field, and its graduates will have competence profiles that are well suited to creating scientific and technological innovations in a wide range of fields even outside physics. The program-s profile areas materials physics, biotechnical physics, and theory and modeling are strongly connected to leading research activities at Chalmers.

Program plan
The program begins with a common block that introduces the students the main theoretical and experimental methods of modern applied physics, and discusses their uses in industrially relevant fields such as materials science and biotechnical physics. After the common block the students may develop individual profiles that reflect their personal interests and suit the demands of specific industrial or scientific branches.
The program is concluded with a M.Sc. thesis that may cover either 30 or 60 credit units corresponding to one or two terms- work load. The thesis work may be carried out either in one of the research groups working on Applied Physics or in a suitable corporate environment.

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